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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.
Message from the President


It is with great honor and anticipation that I offer my first message as the new president of the Kern River Valley Heritage Foundation. After seventeen years of dynamic leadership, Tom Anderson has decided to step aside as president and assume the duties as Vice President. The results of his hard work, expertise and perseverance can be seen today as we begin the tasks of stewardship of the Hot Springs Valley Wetlands. We owe Tom a very heartfelt “Thank you and Well Done”. I must also thank Bob Barnes, who has decided to end his tenure as a board member. Bob was a founding board member and very instrumental regarding the funding of the wetlands project. His tenacity may have been doubted by some but he proved them wrong with the successful funding of our very ambitious goal. His wit and humor will be dearly missed at the board meetings. I wish him all the best as he begins his next chapter, relaxing and traveling.
The new fiscal year also brings new board members. Local Kern River Valley residents Richard Rowe, Marsha Smith, John Stanek and Wendy Walwyn will be joining the board effective July 1st. This diverse group of individuals will ensure the continued success of our organization.
The board is currently working with the County of Kern and the BLM regarding some of the preliminary enhancements to the wetlands development. Grant opportunities are being explored and positive outcomes are anticipated.
Funding and volunteers will continue to be an obstacle. If you would like to help, either in the field or financially, please contact us using the contact page or make your donations via this website or by mail. As we have said in the past, no donation is small and every volunteer is huge.
Respectively,
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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