Mountain Communities

Community Action Guide

In 2016, the County embarked on a planning process to update the fourteen existing Community Plans and create over 30 new plans for approximately 80 unincorporated communities. The strategic system of community planning is called the Community Planning Continuum with a continuum of plan-types to provide planning tools and resources to match local conditions and needs. The plan-types are Detailed, Framework, Foundation and Fundamental.

Forest Falls and Mountain Home Village are located northeast of Yucaipa and Mentone and south of Angelus Oaks. Mountain Home Village has a population of about 170 residents and Forest Falls about 1,100 residents. The communities value the local residents, rural atmosphere, and proximity to the natural environment.

  • Strengths and Opportunities

    An online survey was available for five months in early 2018. The survey requested information about communities including Values, Aspirations, Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats, local organizations and local history that can be found in the Community Identified Issues . The survey information was used to create the Community Action Plans for Fundamental communities. The Community Action Guides are a framework of actions identified by the community and supports implementation of the actions by the community.

    The Mountain Communities are a Fundamental community. The Community Profile information is from general research as well as survey responses. The word cloud was created using general information and survey responses about the Mountain communities. The more a word or phrase was identified, the larger the word appears in the cloud.

    As part of the survey, participants defined the strengths of and opportunities for their community. The word cloud was created using the input provided during the Strengths, Opportunities, Values and Aspirations exercises. The word cloud quickly informed participants of key issues and focus areas that could be addressed in the plan. The more a word or phrase was articulated, the larger the word appears in the cloud.

  • Community Values

    The Values are those shared assets, principles, standards, mores, and in the judgment of the communities, what is important in the lives of its residents and businesses. A community’s values are an important consideration in shaping its aspirations, focus and actions.

    The Communities of Forest Falls and Mountain Home Village value:

    • Family Friendly Atmosphere. The community members of Forest Falls and Mountain Home Village are valued for their desire to help out one another. The community is a safe place for kids to play and grow.
    • Mountain Beauty. The communities of Forest Falls and Mountain Home Village value the rural atmosphere with clean air, nature, wildlife and the tranquility of the mountains.
    • Location. The Forest Falls and Mountain Home Village residents value the great location of their communities; close enough and easy to get to but also far enough away that residents can still enjoy the beauty and serenity of the forest.
    • History. The community members value the history and the distinctive rubble rock architecture, as well as the log and stone architecture.
  • Community Profile

    The community profile is a summary of the social, cultural, economic and historic dimensions of the community. The profile presents data collected through secondary sources, together with information gathered from residents during online survey, highlights essential facets and “tells the story” of the Forest Falls and Mountain Home Village communities.

    2020 Community Profile (opens in a new window)

The Aspirations Statement is a written narrative illustrating how the communities desired look and function once the Community Focus Statements and Action Statements are accomplished. This is a long term view of 10 to 20 years. The Aspirations Statement serves as a foundation for developing Community Focus Statements and Action Statements.

  • Improved Services

    The community members of Forest Falls and Mountain Home Village enjoy cell service and internet connection rather than relying on satellite connections.

  • Opportunities for Youth

    The community park offers areas for children to play as well as programs and activities for the youth year-round.

  • Wildland Urban Interface Protections

    Local and federal fire agencies have established minimum requirements to mitigate the risk to life and property from wildland fire exposures, exposures from adjacent structures and to mitigate structure fires from spreading to wildland fuels.



  • Flood Control

    Flood control measures and best management practices mitigate the risk of life and property from flood damage.

The Action Plans consists of:

Focus Statements, which provide general direction towards realizing the Community’s aspirations and help organize the plan. (Identified in Workshop #2 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #3)

Action Statements, which are measurable statements providing critical information on the program, initiative or project to complete. (Identified in Workshop #2 and reviewed and finalized in Workshop #3)

Action Plan Matrices, which provide general sets of action steps necessary to implement each action statement, identify those that would initiate and champion the action statement, provide a general timeline for implementation and identify resources for additional assistance. (Created to support and guide the Community’s identified Focus and Action Statements)


Expand each Focus Statement to see related Action Statements and download the Action Plan Matrices.

  • A. Organize the communities to promote increased access to communication technologies
    Action Statements
    1. Promote a petition to demonstrate community desire for expanded communication services (cell and internet).

      >>Download PDF Action Matrix
    2. Coordinate with County Supervisor’s office for help and guidance on contacting communication providers.

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    3. Explore the possibility of improving bandwidth to the communities.

      >>Download PDF Action Matrix
  • B. Promote a respect for nature and the surrounding environment
    Action Statements
    1. Develop educational signage that promotes environmental stewardship and discourages dumping of trash.

      >>Download PDF Action Matrix
    2. Educate visitors and tourists about respecting the forest landscape, wildlife, and surrounding community.

      >>Download PDF Action Matrix
  • C. Ensure communities are protected from natural disasters
    Action Statements
    1. Follow Urban Wildlife Interface Protections.

    2. Follow and promote flood control measures.

Download the Community Action Guide

Download the Community Action Guide in PDF format.