bbmrandmIt’s been in the works for a while, and it’s well needed: a green trail that runs from the top of Snow Summit down to Towne Trail. This is going through the NEPA process right now, so it’s especially relevant to us as we look to introduce more trails into the system over the next several years.

YOUR COMMENTS are requested by the Forest Service, so please get involved.

  • Info: http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46633
  • Comments: https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public/CommentInput?Project=46633

Here’s the official notice:

The Mountaintop Ranger District of the San Bernardino National Forest is initiating a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis for the Green Trail project, which would authorize Big Bear Mountain Resorts to build and maintain an approximately 1.75 mile trail from the top of Snow Summit down to the existing Towne Trail, suitable for low-intermediate mountain biking and other non-motorized uses. The Towne Trail leads to the Snow Summit base area. In addition, an approximately 0.65 mile segment of the existing Hike-a-Bike trail would be re-routed to the Green Trail, and decommissioned. Big Bear Mountain Resorts would be authorized to exercise exclusive use of this trail during operating hours of the Bike Park, and use during this time could be limited to down-bound mountain biking for Bike Park passholders. Outside of Bike Park operating hours, the trail would be open to general public non-motorized use in either direction. Construction and opening of the trail is proposed for this spring, 2015. Please refer to the project map for the proposed trail alignment.

All interested persons, state and local governments are encouraged to participate at this time and throughout the public scoping period, which will end on May 4, 2015. We would like to receive your input on issues and concerns related to this proposal electronically. Please go to the project webpage at the URL below and follow the ‘Comment of Project’ link on the right side of the page. The scoping letter and project map can be found at on this web page:

Info: http://data.ecosystem-management.org/nepaweb/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46633

If you have any questions or need to make alternative arrangements for providing comments, please call or email Scott Eliason at (909) 382-2830, seliason@fs.fed.us.