Southwest Shore Colony Association

The Southwest Shore Colony Association is comprised of all individuals and families that own a cabin on the Southwest Shore and hold a Special Recreation Residence Permit from the Forest Service to use that land. The Association is administered by a volunteer group of cabin owners that serve as the sterring committee. Within this group there is a President and a Secretary/Treasurer. The Annual Meeting of the Association is held once per year, generally in July. Communication with cabin owners is accomplished by means of this Southwest Shore website and by periodic electronic newsletters. Dues are collected as necessary to cover any administrative expenses and to finance any special projects and activities that affect the Southwest Shore Colony as a whole. In recent years such projects include dead tree removal from bark beetle damage, annual brush removal, and support of National Forest Homeowners (NFH) efforts in favor of the Cabin Fee Act. 

Within the Southwest Shore Colony there are various subgroups, such as the Keystone Road Association, the Don Carlos Water Association, and the Spring Road Association. These are subgroups of the total membership that are directly affected by a particular road or water facility within the Southwest Shore. These subgroups finance and administer their own local projects and activities as necessary.

The main administrative activities of the Association are the Annual Meetings and financial reporting. Follow these links for more details on each of those activities:

San Bernardino National Forest Cabin Coalition (SBNFCC)

The SBNFCC was formed in May 2004 by a group of representatives of the 17 recreational residence tracts that occupy San Bernardino National Forest land in the Big Bear area. The coalition agreed to have no officers and no dues. The organization would be guided by a steering committee or board. made up of one representative from each SBNF recreation residence tract. There would be 3 or 4 scheduled meetings a year, timed to get information out for annual tract meetings on holiday weekends. Forest Service representatives would be invited to attend, but it would be a cabin-run organization.

The organization’s purpose would be as follows:

To act as an interface between the recreation residence permit holders on the San Bernardino National Forest and Forest Service management at the Forest and District levels for the purpose of:

  1. Facilitating the cooperative management and administration of recreation residences;

  2. Resolving issues relating to recreation residences;

  3. Improving two-way communications between the Forest Service and the cabin community.

Note: The above information was extracted from the Minutes of the original organizational meeting in May 2004.

The SBNFCC has operated continuously since 2004, and has been instrumental in improving the communication and cooperation among the 17 Big Bear tracts, and between those tracts and the Forest Service. The original moderator was Roy Glauthier (Metcalf Tract), who continues to be the moderator as of 2018, although he is looking for someone else to take his place.

Minutes of SBNFCC Meetings:

Note: Minutes of new meetings will be added to this website at a future date.