San Bernardino National Forest

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An environmental summary by the ENVS 560/L Watershed Systems class at CSUMB.


The San Bernardino National Forest, located in Southern California, was established in 1893. Previous to the forest's creation, the area was used excessively for mining, timber production, and grazing. These uses put extreme stress on the land to the point where a Forestry Board report stated "the necessity of the hour is an intelligent supervision of the forest and brush lands of California, with a view to their preservation" [1]. The national forest now encompasses around 672,701 acres of United States Forest Service land and 151,341 acres of designated wilderness. [1]

Visitor Services

  • Visitor Center Areas:[2]
    • Barton Flats - San Gorgonio Recreation Areaarea description
    • Big Bear Lake Recreation Areaarea description
    • Lake Arrowhead - Green Valley Lake Recreation Areaarea description
    • Lytle Creek - Cajon Pass Recreation Areaarea description
    • San Jacinto - Santa Rosa Mountains Recreation Areaarea description
    • Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mtns. National Monument

Land Management Plan

  • SBNF 2015 Land Management Plan [3]

Cooperative Agreements

  • Agreement for Shared Stewardship of California's Forest and Rangelands: between State of California and USFS Pacific Southwest Region
    • This MOU establishes a joint framework to enhance science-based forest and rangeland

stewardship in California and commit to maintain and restore healthy forests and rangelands that reduce public safety risks, protect natural and built infrastructure, and enhance ecological habitat and biological diversity. [4].

  • Federal Interagency Communication Center (FICC) [5]
    • Agreement between United States Forest Service (USFS), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service (NPS), and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to consolidate dispatching services for the following Federal Agency Units in California:
      • San Bernardino National Forest - 850 Thousand Acres
      • BLM California Desert District - 24 Million Acres
      • Joshua Tree National Park - 764 Thousand Acres
      • Death Valley National Park - 3.3 Million Acres
      • Mojave National Preserve - 1.6 Million Acres
      • Southern California Agency Bureau of Indian Affairs
      • Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument (Administered by Forest Service and BLM) 272 Thousand Acres.



  1. 1.0 1.1
  2. FICC
  3. SBNF Planning
  5. FICC


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