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Acquisition Celebration

Lodge at Painted Rock Hosts Event

The Heritage Foundation celebrated the final acquisition of the 189 acre parcel known as The Hot Springs Valley Wetlands in fitting style at The Lodge at Painted Rock. With over fifty folks coming from near and far, the celebration was a wonderful event. Bob Barnes served as the Master Of Ceremory and was fantastic. The Trust for Public Land's entire California Project Managers team joined us for this gala. The California Audbon was well repesented by Kevin Fahey, Brenda Bernnet and our own board member Reed Tollefson. Polly Escovedo representing the California Natural Resoures Agency had some very kind and encouraging words for the organization and community leaders in attendance. Kern County Supervisior Mick Gleason presented KRVHF president Tom Anderson a certificate of recognition for all his hard work to make this project a reality.
Brenda Bernnet, Reed Tollefson and Kevin Fahey
from California Audbon

Poly Escovedo
California Narural Resources Agency
Bob Barnes Master Of Ceremory


Community Visits Hotsprings Valley

The KRV Historical Society organized a site visit for the  community. Over two dozen folks enjoyed a beautiful afternoon learning about the challenges and opportunities the project offers.

Here we see board member Bob Barnes answering questions for the visitors.


The group enjoyed a walknext to the wetland ponds, observing the wildlife the ponds support.

Here they stopped for a photo shot next to the new sign.

  • The Kern River Valley Heritage Foundation (KRVHF) has long sought to protect the 189-acre Hot Springs Valley Wetlands (HSVW) property and with The Trust for Public Land, as partner and facilitator, we now have taken ownership of this sensitive resource.
  • A total of $650,000 from California Department of Natural Resources has been awarded toward acquisition of the property.
  • $100,000 Audubon Wimberly Wildlife Fund for Land Conservation grant has been awarded.
  • We have raised over $90,000 of grassroots donations representing more than 600 names.
  • This acquisition will protect this sensitive inland alkali and permanent wetland resource combination supporting waterfowl, nesting Kern Red-winded Blackbirds and Tricolored Blackbirds, both listed California Species of Special Concern.
  • The 2nd largest known population of the rare alkali mariposa lily, plus many other associated wildlife and plant species are also on this property.

  • The property is contiguous with the 18-acre Bob Powers Gateway Preserve and 15 acres of open space lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
  • Together these three properties comprise a regionally important 225-acre wetland complex.
  • Scovern Hot Springs water flows through the property at an average rate of 300,000 gallons per day.
Update on grassroots funding
Pictures taken by Bob Barnes





As required by our grant obligation, a sign recognizing the major donors was installed on the newly acquired project.

Standing next to the sign are Bob Barnes, KRVHF board member and volunteers, Glen Vegter and Bryon Debski.

Alkali Mariposa Lily

On May 21st and 22nd 2016 McCormick Biological Inc. completed the first annual lily count at the Hot Springs Valley Wetlands project location.
 
The results exceeded our expectations!!

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2016 Hot Springs Valley Wetlands Lily Survey

October Bird Count Scores Two New Species


A two-hour bird survey was conducted October 7, 2016 of the Hot Springs Valley Wetlands Project area and bordering, unfenced BLM property was productive with 28 species detected with two new species - Hairy Woodpecker & Loggerhead Shrike - added to the overall HSVW Project list bringing the total to 75 species (does not include existing Bob Powers Gateway Preserve list which is separate at this time). There may have been many more Mallards and Wilson's Snipe as those which were counted were along the margins of the wetlands. There was lots of water spread into many areas as it was clear a ranch hand had dug several hoe-width ditches and redirected water to create a lot of water areas. The already existing pond and ditch areas which are usually or often devoid of water most to all of the year have lots of water now. In addition to water distribution, lessening of evaporation of the water flow from the Scovern Hot Springs might be playing a significant role regarding water quantity as well. Water is still making it into the main, large wetlands. Even so, the water flow through the large wetland area ends quite some ways before the first cross fence - likely due to water diversions lessening the amount of water reaching the large wetland area - not necessarily a negative consequence at this time of year - just a different consequence. No cattle were present during the visit.
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