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July 18, 2015
13th Annual Xeriscape Garden Tour

The annual Xeriscape Garden tour is the perfect opportunity to get ideas, discover plants that can survive in our mountain weather conditions. Participants begin the FREE self-guided tour anytime between 9 am and noon starting at Eminger’s Mountain Nursery, located at 41223 Big Bear Blvd. in Big Bear Lake, across the street from the Denny’s Restaurant. Once registered, participants will have until 4:00 pm to complete the driving tour of the homes in Big Bear Valley.

The 2015 tour will include the DWP’s Xeriscape Demonstration Garden on Fox Farm Road, in front of the Community Garden with native plant expert Orchid Black on hand to answer questions about the myriad of solutions available to the homeowner who wants to create a beautiful, colorful, drought tolerant landscape. In addition to the Demonstration Garden, there will be 7 homeowner gardens, landscaped by professionals and homeowners.

A tour booklet will be handed out at Eminger’s Nursery and includes the locations of 8 stops, a map and helpful information on gardening in the mountains. Docent/guide will be on hand at each of the homes to explain the ins and outs of creating a beautiful landscape and conserving water at the same time. For additional information on the Xeriscape Garden Tour contact Christie Walker at 909-547-2237.


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2015 Xeriscape Garden Tour Information

Photos of past tours can be found at

Big Bear Xeriscape Garden Tour Photos

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!


Sierra Club Hike Leader
April 2015
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.

2015 A Look head for the Big Bear Group
by Outings Chair, Ed Caliendo

Ed Caliendo

Current Hike Schedule

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Click Herefor a list of upcoming March and April Sierra Club Big Bear Group Hikes.

Click Here for the 2015 Section B Pacific Crest Trail hike schedule.

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
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Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Chair Person - Glenda Akins
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Vice Chair Person: Ed Caliendo

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Secretary: Ellen Kesler

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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: Ellen Kesler

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Members at Large: Claudia Eads, Don Jordan and George D. Watson-Jones

PCT Wilderness Announcement

Good News on Land Protection

In the waning days of 2014, two sections of the PCT received new protections through measures designed to protect the landscapes around the trail.

In December, Congress expanded the boundaries of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in Washington. And in October, President Obama designated the San Gabriel Mountain of Southern California as a national monument. Both actions came during the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

It took seven years for Congress to add 22,000 acres to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. About 68 miles of the PCT cross through the Alpine Lakes, some of the most popular and heavily used miles in the lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

Pebble Plain

The Conservation of the Pebble Plains of Big Bear

Since 2009, the Big Bear Group has been heavily involved with the Big Bear Valley Education Trust, the San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust, USFS, the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District, and others to protect the Sawmill and Villa Grove Pebble Plains. Recently, the San Bernardino Mountains Land Trust has taken ownership of the 163 acers High Timber Ranch containing the Villa Grove Pebble Plain and will help serve as a buffer to protect the pristine Sawmill Pebble Plain which exists on the U.S. Forest Service Property. About 20,000 years ago, this area was covered by a large lake. As the Ice Age diminished and the climate warmed the lake dried leaving a deep clay deposit in the Big Bear and Holcomb Valley areas. Over time, tiny plants came to the surface. They are called pebble plains due to the layer of quartzite pebbles that are pushed to the surface by frost heave during the winter. The diversity of the pebble plain life has been compared to that of the coral reef and may contain as many as 20 unique species in a square meter. Presently, these tiny one-of-a-kind plants are only found in the Big Bear Valley has been reduced to less than ten-percent of what once existed. In the foreseeable future, it is hoped that a Wildland Park will be established allowing managed public access to the pebble plain.

Ed Wallace
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