BREAKING NEWS FROM THE JAMES RESERVE!
This is a little blog of the most interesting facts happening at the Reserve and its surroundings.
We hope you enjoy it!
March 18, 2019: Today we attended the Mountain Disaster Preparedness meeting in Idyllwild.
Here is the link to a video of the full meeting. Unfortunately we did not receive good news: the road to the James (SR243) is closed and will remain closed for probably 6-8 months!
March 7, 2019: Today the James Reserve Staff attended the “Storm-related Road Damage on San Bernardino National Forest” meeting that was held at the USFS headquarters in San Bernardino.
We met people from Caltrans, CHP, USFS, and we learned that the damage on the Hill and throughout San Bernardino and Riverside Counties is extensive; several roads, trails, or dirt roads have been affected by weather damage.
The weather forecast for the spring indicates that precipitation will continue, which may hinder repairs.
Caltrans priority is to work on both SR74 and SR243 simultaneously, prioritizing SR74 which will reopen first.
Caltrans is still assessing the damage. The situation is evolving, as combined precipitation and snowmelt continue to erode the road and loosen boulders, which represents a hazard for workers. As a result, repairs to SR243 could take up to four months.
March 7, 2019: A solitary mountain lion checked in at the James, but found no staff to attend it!
March 5, 2019: We were able to hike to the James Reserve and assess the damage of the flood.
Here is a copy of our last newsletter with the latest updates.
February 19, 2019: Here is an update on the road work just released by Caltrans:
February 15, 2019: A video of the damage to CA-243 from the California Highway Patrol, San Gorgonio Pass, Facebook page.
February 14, 2019: An unprecedented rain event caused the closure of the James Reserve
Between February 13 and 14 2019 the James Reserve received 189.23 mm (7.45″) of rain which also thawed the significant snow pack that was standing on the ground. This caused rock falls, mudslides and raging water to damage and wash away highway 243 in several spots. In particular the road completely collapsed 4 miles south of the Reserve and 4.5 miles North of it making the Reserve unreachable. We will remain closed until the necessary repairs will be performed on the road. Here is a short video of what Idyllwild looked like on February 14.
December 4, 2018: CA-243 closure between Banning and the James Reserve, use alternative route.
November 28, 2018: The Fall 2018 Newsletter was released!
October 31, 2018: Last night at 10.49 pm a bear walked around the Trailfinders Lodge without touching anything. It appears that it disturbed some of the trash cans at Lake Fulmor, but not the dumpsters though.
It looked healthy and in good shape. Here is a short video of its visit.
October 24, 2018: Last night a bear visited again the dumpsters at Lake Fulmor showing that they are human proof but not bear-proof.
October 21, 2018: A solitary bear walked by the Trailfinder Lodge while users were asleep (VIDEO).
October 6, 2018: One bear appeared in our cameras at 4.03 am. Bears also disturbed the trash cans at Lake Fulmor. We had a camera set up by the dumpsters, but it does not look like they tried to force them.
September 27, 2018: A bear disturbed the dumpsters at Lake Fulmor and also both our utility sheds and the camera.
We caught it on video and we got another nice dental examination!
September 26, 2018: A film crew from CBS2/KCAL9 interviewed Squirrel Gazer and UCLA PhD Candidate Amanda Robin about her research on squirrels.
September 14, 2018: A bear possibly disturbed trash at Lolomi.
September 10, 2018: We succeeded! Two bears (SURPRISE!) were filmed visiting the TFL.
They knocked a garbage can and damaged both the utility sheds outside the TFL.
They also stole a couple of bird feeders and tried to bite the camera. We got a nice dental examination…
September 1, 2018: Bear visited during the night. It damaged the utility sheds outside the TFL.
We decided to install camera traps to monitor bear activity.