National Forest Foundation

Revitalization of Lytle Creek Recreation

Supported by REI

This project will help restore stretches of Lytle Creek in Lytle Creek Canyon, which have sustained damage from those recreational visitors who improperly and unsustainably use the area. With the assistance of volunteers, we will work to repair instream damage and clean-up this popular urban playground on the San Bernardino National Forest that lies minutes away from several million people in Southern California’s Inland Empire.

During much of the year, thousands of users visit Lytle Creek and the recreation sites in this forested canyon on a daily basis. Playing in the creek is a popular activity. However, many visitors unwittingly cause ecological damage the creek by stacking rocks and other materials to build dams to create pools in which to sit and swim.

These dams slow the natural flow of the creek, which raises the water temperature. The dams also collect trash that visitors was not properly disposed of. These impairments and the impacts they create jeopardizes aquatic species and degrades the water quality.

This project will help address these impacts by using volunteer groups to remove recreational dams and trash from the stream, and clean up other litter and graffiti from the area. This will help to restore natural stream flow, protect aquatic habitat and improve water quality. It will also improve the user experience. The project will also include a public relations campaign to educate users about leave no trace principals to help sustain the results into the future.