WTI Adopts Keller Peak Fire Lookout in 2010

WTI has renewed its donation to the Keller Peak Lookout through the National Forest Association’s Adopt-A-Lookout Program. It’s second annual contribution, the WTI donation supports the Association’s Fire Lookout Host program, which helps keep seven historic fire towers across the San Bernardino National Forest staffed and in good repair to continue to spot fires and educate visitors.

The donation was provided by WTI's CEO, part-time Arrowbear resident and President of WTI. The $1,500 donation will allow for annual maintenance and repairs to the tower, keeping it safe and open to the public. WTI's CEO, who has brought Boy Scout troops up to tour the lookout said he appreciates the educational opportunity it affords for the area’s youth.

“Giving back to such a viable program helps ensure this opportunity exists for kids in the future,” WTI's CEO said.

Lookout volunteers help protect the forest resource and local mountain communities, as well as urban communities, along the forest boundary from the threat of fire. Last year, lookout volunteers logged more than 10,000 hours, educated almost 11,000 visitors, completed 6 smoke checks and 14 smoke reports inside the forest boundary.

At 7,882’ elevation, Keller Peak Lookout offers the public 360 degrees of prime southern California views. Visitors can gaze upon the spectacular San Gorgonio Wilderness and Santa Ana River drainage to the east and see almost the entire range of the San Bernardino Mountain. On clear days they may even be able to see the Pacific Ocean and the Los Angeles skyline.

To learn more about the Adopt-A-Lookout Program and other donation opportunities visit nationalforestassociation.org or call Program Coordinator George Morey at 909-225-1025.

About the National Forest Association

The National Forest Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and key partner to the US Forest Service, is committed conservation, education and responsible recreation through a year-round portfolio of programming aimed at reaching Southern California's urban and mountain communities and visitor populations on public lands. Through partnerships and a strong volunteer backbone network, the National Forest Association brings communities of people, partners, and funding resources to important public lands projects focused on health, stewardship and sustainability.

The Fire Lookout Host Program is one of 6 programs managed by the San Bernardino National Forest Association (SBNFA). The mission of the Fire Lookout Host Volunteer Program is to involve citizens in public land stewardship and information services, as well as to assist the USDA Forest Service in spotting fires. The Fire Lookout Host Program partners with the Forest Service and is primarily funded by grants and corporate and private contributions. To find out about how you can support the Fire Lookout Host Program, contact Julie Crick at (909) 744-9510 x 122.