Coexisting with the Forest

Many scientists believe that there were too many trees, too close together in the San Bernardino National Forest. That was one cause for the bark beetle infestation, which, ironically, led to the removal of more than a million trees. Too many trees in proximity to one another forces them to compete for water underground and sunlight above. Thinning can increase wildlife habitat and reduces the fuel that can lead to potentially devastating fires.

A portion of trees on our 27.2 acres in Rimforest will need to be developed for Sonrise in the Woods. We will replace the unhealthy, dangerously overgrown vegetation with beautifully landscaped scenery. The development will perfectly match the surrounding environment.

There are those who would be comfortable with the overdevelopment of our forest which would eventually destroy the very way of life that makes it a wonderful place to live. We’re not for that. Others believe a permanent moratorium on development and construction should be enforced.

That eliminates progress of any kind and would turn our communities into ghost towns. We aren’t for that either.

Our Sonrise in the Woods development is the kind of compromise we need. It will provide facilities that will be of tremendous benefit to locals while being a good friend to the forest we call home.

In a recent blog, we highlighted a visual preview of the development and spotlighted a few main features. These include the recreational fields, the chapel retreat, and the main entrance off Highway 18. We encourage you to see the development plan here.

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