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Welcome to the Kern River Valley Heritage Foundation  website.

We invite you to share our passion for the beautiful and historic Kern River Valley. In the following pages we will show you the projects we are working on. These are the Bob Powers Gateway Preserve, the Hot Springs Valley  Wetlands and other existing and planned projects desribed in the Project page.

June 2018

It’s hard to believe, spring is almost over and the “dog days of summer” will soon be here. The month of May was very pleasant in the Kern River Valley. The grassland on the Hot Springs Valley Wetlands Preserve is tall and lush. Red winged black birds could be seen and heard in the tall cat tail plants. The timing of the spring rains seemed to affect the number of Alkali Mariposa Lilly this year. Their numbers were less than last year, which is what we expected, considering the rainfall totals. Growing from a bulb, these lilies will show their beauty when the conditions are right. It is our responsibility to ensure their habitat locations are left undisturbed. Extra care is taken as we design where walking trails might be located.

We are currently pursuing some new grant opportunities. Working with Ducks Unlimited and the state of California we hope to improve our wetlands and nesting habitat for the visiting waterfowl and tri colored winged blackbird. As we do this we also consider visitor access to our preserve. Striking the delicate balance between development and conservation has always been paramount for this organization. Also, being considered is a project to introduce some California native pollinator foliage. While this would require reducing the grazing acreage, it would open the possibility of a meandering trail undisturbed by the roaming cattle.

As our projects develop, we look for volunteers to help with the actual work on the ground. Fence mending, clean-up and the like. If you would like to join our list of volunteers and possibly help some Saturday morning, please use the “contact us” page and we will let you know whenever we have work parties. We also petition your financial support. As a small non-profit our budget is tight. Any help is greatly appreciated. For your convenience the donate button can be found on our website.

Wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable summer.

Bruce Vegter, President, KRVHF
Alkali Mariposa Lily                                                          Scovern Hot Springs  Outflow                                                                                                  Seed Collection    
Photos  taken by McCormick Biological (left) and  Bob Barnes (center and right )

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