Volunteers Needed to Get Outdoors: National Trails Day; June 4, 2016

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Since 1993, National Trails Day, sponsored by American Hiking Society, has grown to inspire many thousands of people nationwide to celebrate and give back to the trails they love on one dedicated day.  America’s 200,000 miles of trails allow access to our natural world for recreation, education, exploration, solitude, inspiration, and much more.

National Trails Day events will take place in every state across the country and will include a local trail building event focused on the South Shore Trail Network, adjacent to Big Bear Lake, on Saturday, June 4, sponsored by the nonprofit Southern California Mountains Foundation and Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation, in partnership with Mammoth Mountain Resorts, REI, and the U.S. Forest Service.

Trail work will concentrate on the completely redesigned Fall Line Trail.  Adult and youth volunteers, limit 100, are needed; minimum 8 years of age; with no experience necessary.  Registration is required through MountainsFoundation.org and TrailsFoundation.org.

NTD“National Trails Day is a great reminder for all of us that valuable natural resources take public stewardship, and we’re excited to continually support trail work in the San Bernardinos, America’s second busiest National Forest,”  shared Stacy Gorin, executive officer, Southern California Mountains Foundation.

Driz Cook, Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation, adds, “We’re excited to see so many valuable partners coming together for the benefit of Big Bear’s recreational trails, and National Trails Day is the perfect time to celebrate this teamwork. The City of Big Bear Lake, Mammoth Mountain Resorts, San Bernardino County, the Southern California Mountains Foundation, the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation, REI, the United States Forest Service, and, of course, the giving members of the public.  We’re committed to getting more people outside to experience our beautiful National Forest.”

Check-in will begin at 12:30pm at the Snow Summit Parking Lot, 880 Summit Blvd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315.  Event will run 1pm to 5pm, with dinner and a trails fundraiser immediately following at Snow Summit Resort until 7pm.  Participants are encouraged to wear closed-toed shoes, dress layered, wear long pants, and bring reusable water bottles and gloves.  All tools and instruction will be provided.  Volunteers will receive a free Snow Summit Sky Chair Pass, a free T-Shirt from REI, and a complimentary BBQ dinner ticket.

This year’s event includes an evening BBQ open to the public to help fundraise for Bear Valley trails on behalf of this national day of dedication.  Tickets will be available at MountainsFoundation.org and the door for $25 each.  The event will include a beer garden, auctions and entertainment. Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation and the Southern California Mountains Foundation will share the proceeds to benefit local forest trails.

The efforts from this year’s National Trails Day will complement the ongoing maintenance and trail-building within the South Shore Trail Network, Big Bear Lake; thanks, in part, to a grant recently awarded by the REI Foundation to the Southern California Mountains Foundation.  REI supports efforts to get more young people, including youth from diverse populations, into nature; thereby, inspiring the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and environmental stewards.