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California National Forests Temporarily Closed as of Sep 1

We have just received word that all National Forests in California will be closed beginning August 31, at 11:59 p.m. This is expected to last through the end of September 17. All wilderness permits for that period are cancelled and we will begin notifying permit holders ASAP.

Click here for the full text of the announcement.

Mill Creek Visitor Center and Barton Flats Visitor Center are also closed. Watch here for updates.

Ranger Talk: When Things Go Wrong

Saturday Aug 28 ranger talk when things go wrong

Forest Festival celebrates forest life Aug. 21 at Barton Flats Visitor Center

Smoky Bear greets a visitor at the 2019 Forest Festival

     The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Barton Flats Visitor Center, located on State Highway 38 about seven miles east of Angelus Oaks. The family-friendly festival is free and open to the public. Snacks and beverages will be available, and live music by SGWA volunteers will be presented beginning at 11 a.m.

     Visitors will have opportunities to use a crosscut saw to create a “tree cookie,” which will then be branded with U.S. Forest Service and Smokey Bear logos; pan for gold; operate remote-controlled OHV Jeeps; explore their creative side with nature crafts; learn what it takes to serve on a search-and-rescue team; hear what various outdoor and conservation groups do to protect our natural resources; and visit with members of the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association, who patrol and maintain trails in the San Gorgonio and Cucamonga wilderness areas, and provide interpretive programs.

    Smokey Bear will make appearances throughout the day, and SGWA volunteers will lead nature walks around the visitor center.

    SGWA is a nonprofit organization that works with the U.S. Forest Service to protect the forest in and around the San Gorgonio Wilderness and Cucamonga Wilderness, and educates the public about this natural resource. Every year SGWA volunteers donate thousands of hours to the San Bernardino National Forest in a variety of activities, including interacting with the public on wilderness trails and at interpretive programs, clearing fallen trees that block trails and repairing damaged trail tread, removing illegal fire rings in wilderness areas, and measuring and collecting data on wilderness trails.      For more information about the Forest Festival or the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association please call the association at (909) 389-9650, or use the contact form on this website.

Updated El Dorado closure area

The map below shows the new updated El Dorado fire closure area. Momyer trailhead is now open. San Bernardino Trail and Forsee Creek trails, along with the campsites near those trails, are still closed.

momyer-open-map

Momyer Trailhead to open 7/23/21

Good news, the Forest Service has issued a new Forest Order which will allow Momyer Trailhead to re-open. There is still a large closed area from the El Dorado fire (Exhibit A in the order, click on the link above). Exhibit B shows more detail around Hwy 38 and 7 Oaks Rd. We will open up the permits for Momyer starting tomorrow, 7/23/21.

July 3 Ranger Talk – Bears, Bears, Bears

Bear and cubs

Ranger Talks!

Ranger Talks are back! Every Saturday night, 7:30 to 8:30 pm at the Greyback Amphitheater, about 1.5 miles east of the Barton Flats Visitor Center on Hwy 38. Programs are free with hot chocolate and coffee (your generous donations are welcome and appreciated), plus candy and snacks available for purchase. Bring warm clothing. You can find the schedule on our Ranger Talks page.

May Newsletter

We’re back! Well pretty much. Read all about it in the May newsletter. Our featured volunteer this time is Rosy Nunez.

A message from our president…

Bettye Miller, the President of the SGWA Board of Directors, has this message about our recent technical difficulties.

“SGWA’s new online permit system is speeding up the process of requesting wilderness permits and generally has worked well, although not without some glitches. We are working to fix those. In April we issued 439 day and overnight permits, and we’ve been flooded with requests since Vivian Creek Trail opened. Fewer than 3% of permit requests have been unsuccessful, which we know is frustrating if you’re one of those people. We are tweaking our programming to better handle the large number of requests, which has created unexpected issues with emailing approved permits. Some permits are landing in spam folders, so please check there. If things go amiss, please contact us at contact@sgwa.org.”

Backcountry Store sales suspended for now

Due to the continuing pandemic, we’ve decided to suspend sales from the Backcountry Store. With all the shutdown orders it’s extremely difficult for our volunteers to get to the products, pack and ship them. We hope to be back in a few months! And we’d like to mention yet again that if you shop online, please shop through Amazon Smile and choose San Gorgonio Wilderness Association as your charity of choice. It costs you nothing – you can’t make giving easier than that!