Our Organization



Friends of Big Bear Valley (FOBBV) is a coalition of local residents and visitors to the Big Bear Valley in Southern California, along with individuals and groups throughout Big Bear Valley, the San Bernardino Mountains and Southern California who have come together to accomplish a mutual goal for the benefit of all concerned. By educating our members and the public about the impact of humans and development on our unique and irreplaceable local environment, we work to preserve the natural environment for future generations.


We work throughout Big Bear Valley to monitor proposed developments and agency actions to keep the public informed and to assure that environmental laws are being followed and enforced.

Advisory Board

An Advisory Board of local property owners and representatives from other interested organizations evaluates issues and develops, by consensus, recommendations for actions most appropriate and effective in maintaining the character of Fawnskin, the Big Bear Valley and the surrounding areas. The Committee members consist primarily of professionals from a variety of fields, including specialists in: environmental law, county and local law, air quality, biological resources, and Federal and State environmental processes.


Advisory Board Chairmen.

Roman Silberfeld, managing partner of the LA office of the national law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi, is a resident of Fawnskin, an activist in environmental and consumer causes, and Chairman of the nonprofit San Bernardino National Forest Association.

Bob Drake, resident of Fawnskin since 1974 and long-time watchdog for the community, was with the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office for 4-1/2 years before being elected and serving for 20 years as the Judge in Big Bear.


Additional Advisory Board members: 

Terry Bessey 

            Buffy Francuz

Joe Francuz

Peter Jorris

Pat Klous

Jim McGrew

Lynda Schmittle

Liz Sebestyen

Sandy Steers

Michael Stoll

Mary Tennyson

Pete Tennyson

Ed Wallace


(If you are interested in applying to our Advisory Board, please contact us and we’d be happy to speak with you about the possibility.)

Eagle Cam Notice

Wed 1/9/19 The lake is thawing a bit with a few places of open water. Both Jackie and Shadow have been back to the nest in the past couple days with Jackie trying out the fit of the nest bowl by sitting for a while.



We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit.