San Bernardino National Forest
Across 670,381 acres of rugged mountain terrain in southwestern California, the mountains of the San Bernardino National Forest support many different habitats and over 440 species of wildlife for visitors to enjoy.
The forest offers two scenic byways, four Wilderness Areas, and over 500 miles of trails. Rock climbing and hiking in the canyons and valleys are popular activities, and visitors enjoy unique plants, desert ecosystems, spectacular scenery, and viewing of endangered bighorn sheep.
The Need for Trees
The San Bernardino boasts sequoias among its firs and conifers. This forest provides valuable watershed protection and year-round recreation. Over the past several decades, disturbingly frequent wildfires have plagued the region. In October 2003, 14 major wildland fires destroyed more than 750,000 acres of forest.
What We Are Doing
In 2003, California experienced one of its worst fire seasons on record. In that year, two major wildfires burned over 90,000 acres of the San Bernardino National Forest. These fires burned so intensely that no trees were left as seed sources for natural regeneration.
To help restore the forest, we are planting 150,000 Jeffrey pine and sugar pine trees to help re-establish vegetation patterns on the landscape. The trees we plant will provide habitat for a variety of wildlife species and reduce competition from brush and other invasive species.