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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.

2018: A Year of Challenges and Accomplishments

With the financial help from many donors, all greatly appreciated, the Kern River Valley Heritage Foundation has reached a sustainable position to operate as an established non-profit organization. This has enabled us to apply for and be awarded several grants from different entities. As a result of these successes and the energy and commitment of our board we look forward to new developments on both the Bob Powers Gateway preserve and the Hot Springs Valley Wetlands in 2019.

In early 2018 we were awarded a one-thousand-dollar grant from the Kern River Valley Community Fund. 2018 was the first year that the KRV Community Fund awarded grants and we are greatly honored to be among the first recipients. These funds were used to establish two new entry gates to access the Hot Springs Valley Wetlands. The Northern Gate along Lake Isabella Blvd is set back to allow for safe ingress and egress. The Southern Gate is located on Mayfair Rd. This entrance will be used initially for maintenance and rancher access.

Through the hard work and diligence of the Board of Directors, KRVHF was awarded a grant from Cal Fire. These funds will be used to acquire equipment which will be used to reduce the fire hazard that over 200 acres presents to the neighboring community. We have taken delivery of a Kubota tractor and a 6ft mower deck. We look forward to adding other pieces of equipment to keep our preserves not only safe and beautiful but also to put the infrastructure in place to allow access in keeping with the needs of our community.

KRVHF also was awarded a grant from Partners of Fish and Wildlife. This grant will make it possible for our organization to protect the fragile wetlands and open a possibility for a walking area with indigenous plants that would also serve as pollinator habitat. Another objective of this project would make our cattle grazing management more effective by being able to rotate the cattle to best serve our grassland control, while at the same time, protecting the habitat of the nesting wildlife and promoting the Alki Mariposa Lily population.

Looking forward to 2019, the Board of Directors is ready to confront the many challenges and opportunities that lay ahead. We will be actively pursuing new grant opportunities and continue dialog with established partners. A walking path extending through the entire Hot Springs Valley Wetlands, connecting with the Bob Powers Preserve to the north, is very high on our list of priorities. We will continue to work with Kern County, National Forest Service and the Army Corps of Engineers to promote the establishment of a community visitor on the Bob Powers Preserve. Major gains have recently been made and we remain very optimistic. 

As we move forward in 2019, we once again ask for your support. Volunteer opportunities are always available. Please contact us via our website at and let us know you would like to help. Financial help can also be easily made through our website. You may also contact us at PO Box 1249 Lake Isabella, Ca 93240.

Respectively Submitted,
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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