FOREST SERVICE: Winter Information Team Training January 14

Winter Information Team (WIT) volunteers are needed to help interact with San Bernardino National Forest visitors. A training session will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 14. (File Photo by

By Michael P. Neufeld

San Bernardino, CA – Volunteers are being recruited for the San Bernardino National Forest’s Winter Information Team (WIT) with a training session scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 14.

WIT volunteers work to support Mountaintop Ranger District recreation facilities and opportunities in the Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake areas. (File Photo by

The 90-minute WIT training — which will be held at the USFS Del Rosa Training Center in San Bernardino — prepares volunteers to interact with mountain visitors and procedures for passing out information regarding winter recreation opportunities, safety and etiquette!


WIT volunteers — ages 16 and up (under 18 requires parent participation) — supplement San Bernardino National Forest resources by staffing pre-approved highway turnouts during winter months, providing information on snow play opportunities, Adventure Pass details and other winter recreation tips for visitors to the forest.

Our WIT volunteers work under the guidance of the U.S. Forest Service,” Coordinator Laura Dyberg told

The volunteers hand out trash bags, encourage snow play in designated areas and give Smokey Bear goodies to youngsters,” Dyberg added.

Smokey Bear goodies are handed to vehicles with children along with information about not trashing the mountains. (File Photo by


Pre-registration is appreciated,” Dyberg stated, “but not required.”

Call (866) 923-3473 or send an E-mail to:

The  USFS Del Rosa Training Center is located at 4121 Quail Canyon Road in San Bernardino. Del Rosa Avenue turns into Quail Canyon Road just before reaching the Del Rosa Training Center.

WIT volunteers greet visitors to the San Bernardino National Forest and provide helpful information. (File Photo by