Sierra Club Big Bear Group

REGULAR MONTHLY MEETINGS
are on the 3rd Thursday
of each month,
6:30pm at the Discovery Center.
40971 North Shore Drive, Fawnskin, CA
(909) 866-3437




RYAN FLORENCE recipient of Big Bears Group 2014 College Scholarship Award

Ryan Florence was selected as Sierra Club – Big Bear Group’s 2014 College Scholarship Award for 2014. Ryan attends the Big Bear High School and has lived in the Big Bear Valley since 3rd grade. From an early age, giving “100% effort” was instilled in him. In high school Ryan excelled in football, wrestling, and track and was Senior Captain in all. Ryan graduated high school in June with a 4.36 GPA, awarding him Big Bear High School Valedictorian status. He has chosen to attend California State University Long Beach in the fall where he will be studying Kinesiology. His long term goal is to earn his Doctorate degree in physical therapy with a specialization in sports medicine. On his off time he enjoys reading, going to movies, and relaxing with friends.

Congratulations, Ryan…job well done!


WANTED

Sierra Club Hike Leader
October 2014
Have you considered becoming a Sierra Club Hike Leader? Do you like people, do you enjoy nature and hiking on the trails of Big Bear? If you believe that you might enjoy a leadership role, we will train you to become an effective Hike Leader. Long distance hiking is NOT required. We need a local individual to take adventurous, nature loving people on local hiking trails of distances of 2 to 5 miles. Lead hikes once a month or once a week that is up to you. For more information or to explore the possibilities of becoming a Sierra Club Hike Leader, please contact Ed Caliendo, Outings Chair at (442) 242-4103.


Fall Hiking Program
by Outings Chair, Ed Caliendo


Current Hike Schedule


Click Here for a list of upcoming September and October Sierra Club Big Bear Group Hikes.

Click Here for a list of upcoming November and December Sierra Club Big Bear Group Hikes.

Click Here for the 2014 Section D Pacific Crest Trail hike schedule.

Click Here for the Five Peaks of Big Bear Awards Program and hike schedule

Also check out the Mountaintop Hiking Club website for Big Bear Area hikes at
: Mountain Top Hiking



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SIERRA CLUB BIG BEAR GROUP
P.O.Box 3048
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Chair Person - Ed Wallace
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Vice Chair Person and Media Liason: Claudia Eads

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Secretary: Glenda Akins


Treasurer: Marv Cira
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Conservation Chair: Ed Wallace

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Outings Chair: Ed Caliendo

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Membership Chair: Terry Gold

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Members at Large: Don Eads and Joy Cira


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Sierra Club Mission Statement
The Sierra Club's members are more than 750,000 of your friends and neighbors. Inspired by nature, we work together to protect our communities and the planet. The club is America's oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization.

Our Mission Statement


1. Explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth.
2. Practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources.
3. Educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment.
4. Use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.



 

Ed Wallace receives the Joe Momeyer Conservation Award

By: Ed Caliendo, Outings Chair, Big Bear Group

 

For over a decade, Ed Wallace has focused much of his time and energy on defending and protecting the natural wilderness of the Big Bear area, San Bernardino Mountains and San Gorgonio Wilderness.

While Ed has admirably handled several leadership responsibilities within the Big Bear Group, none has been more accomplished than his 10 year tenure as Conservation Chair. During this period he led a successful fight against a proposed hotel development on wetlands across from Big Bear Lake City Hall and worked with Senator Barbra Boxer’s office to kill a questionable Forest Service land exchange on prime pebble plain habitat being proposed by the district US Congressman. Today, the Big Bear Planning Department often asks Wallace and Sandy Steers of the Friends of Fawnskin to meet with developers to discuss the environmental problems that will need to be addressed and mitigated with their proposed development. 

For the last four years, Wallace has been working with the Big Bear Valley Education Trust, The San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust, the USFS San Bernardino National Forest, the City of Big Bear Lake and Inland Empire Conservation District to protect 302.5 acre parcel of forest containing the last pristine pebble plain area only found in the Big Bear area.  This rare habitat is only known to exist in the Big Bear Mountains and was being destroyed by unauthorized access to gain firewood, off-road vehicle use, and trash dumping.  Working together, the land has now been purchased by the San Bernardino Land Trust.  With the added resources of the U.S. Forest service, illegal roads have been closed and land is being restored.  In the future, Wildland Park will be used to educate Big Bear students on the unique species of the pebble plain as well as those contained in the other eco systems contained on the property.

Wallace also serves as a member of the “Friends of Fawnskin” Advisory Board to add his perspective to the environmental problems being addressed by that organization. In addition Wallace is a long time member of the Board of the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation where his environmental and hiking perspective is always clearly voiced when new trail projects are being considered.

Wallace has made himself a positive role model for protecting our environment.



Every year the Sierra Club Big Bear Group hosts a Xeriscape Garden Tour of the Big Bear Valley featuring approximately 7 homes with water wise yards. Information and photos of past tours can be found at

2014 Xeriscape Garden Tour Information

Big Bear Xeriscape Garden Tour Photos

LINKS TO IMPORTANT INFORMATION


Environmental Fact Sheets

Sierra Club Mountains Group

The Climate Project

Zero Waste Communities



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Please click on the link below to view the Sierra Club's position on protecting forest Communities like Big Bear:
SIERRA CLUB'S 7-POINT PLAN TO PROTECT COMMUNITIES - Click here

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