The Big Bear Valley Fire Agencies are dedicated to Protecting the Communities from a Wildfire but is mutually supportive of protecting the environment. This includes specifically protecting sensitive Plants and Nesting Birds.
Examples of Sensitive Plants include Cushenbury oxytheca. Cushenbury milk-vetch, Parish's daisy, Cusenbury buckwheat, Ash-Indian Paintbrush, frosted Mint, San Bernardino Mountain bladderpod, Big Bear Valley sandwort, Southern Moutain buckwheat, San Bernardino blue grass, bird-foot checkerbloom, California dandelion, Slender-petaled thelypodium. The City of Big Bear Lake Planning Department maintains maps of the sensitive Plant area and can help you identify sensitive plants. The Planning Department can be reached at 909-866-5831. Homeowners should note that the above plants are not identified as flammable or Native plants that need removal or modification in order to protect the community from ravishes of a Wildfire. For pictures of these plants go to http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/rareplants/profiles/pacificsouthwest.shtml
If there is an active nest conduct work on all other shrubs which are located greater than 25 feet away from the active birds nest. If you are a property owner who is required to modify or remove native brush and shrubs as a result of a Fire Hazard Abatement Notice and you have a nesting bird(s) you may need to contact the Agency that issued the hazard abatement notice and ask for an extension, or wait to modify the plant after the young have fledged.