Santa Ana Mountains Task Force

Welcome to SAMTF

Welcome to the Santa Ana Mountains Task force. The Santa Ana Mountains in South Orange County, California, is one of the 18 most threatened wilderness areas in the world. This wilderness is known as the Cleveland National Forest, which holds a great diversity of wildlife and natural values. We are dedicated to protecting those values. The Angeles and San Gorgonio Chapters of the Sierra Club joined together in 2001 to form the Santa Ana Mountains Task Force (SAMTF) to work on conservation issues in the Cleveland National Forest. SAMTF focuses on the Trabuco District of the Cleveland National Forest as the heart of its area of interest, but some private lands adjoining the Forest are included when appropriate. During its 15 year existance, SAMTF has been successful on several fronts. Contact: John Kaiser

Trail Maintenance

Santa Ana Mtn Task Force volunteers, both male and female, clear brush and keep trails repaired in the San Mateo Wilderness on monthly outings, on the first Saturday, October through June. Once or twice a year the outing is an overnight backpack. Newcomers are always welcome but should contact the leaders in advance to be added to the SAMTF/Forest Service volunteer list. Tools and instructions are provided.  Bring water, lunch, sturdy shoes, and work gloves. The outing will be cancelled in the event of serious rain or if an extreme fire danger exists. Specific monthly projects will be listed here one to two months prior to the event. Email notices are sent to those currently on the volunteer contact list. To be added to the contact list or for answers to your questions, send an email to John Kaiser or call 714-968-4677. Adventure Passes are not needed for trail maintenance activities.