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Fence Project Underway 
Hot Springs Valley Wetlands

Volunteers and Board members have been busy accomplishing some much needed improvements to the interior fences.
These existing fences, when repaired, will be important tools of our new Grazing Management Plan. We will have the ability to control cattle access to the different areas of the Hot Springs Valley Wetlands Preserve. With this new tool we will be able to better manage the growth and substainability of the grassland.

Construction has also started on the new north/south fence that will be located approximately 100 yards west of Lake Isabella Blvd.
This new fence, made possible by a grant from The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, will help protect the delicate wetlands from the possibility of overgrazing during the summer months and protect birds of varied species during their nesting periods.

Hot Springs Valley Wetlands Awarded Grant Funding

The Kern River Valley Community Fund has awarded a one thousand grant to the KRV Heritage Foundation. These funds will be used to help pay for two new access gates to the Hot Springs Valley Wetlands Preserve. The gate along Lake Isabella Blvd. will be set back off the busy street to provide a safe access point to the northern section of the 189 acres preserve. The second gate will be on Mayfair Ave. just north of Crestview. When completed, this access point will eliminate the need to use the wire cattle gate where we have no legal easement agreement with the property owner.
We are very honored to receive this local grant and would like also to thank the Kern Community Foundation and encourage everyone to donate to this fine organization.
Cattle Round-up
Load'n Cattle

New Gate on Lake Isabella Blvd.
Heritage Foundation Hosts St. Patrick's Day Visitors

Blue skys and snowcapped mountains provided the backdrop for the Audubon guests.

Folks from Bakersfield, Tehachapi and other SJV areas enjoyed a morning of walking, bird watching and conversation as they toured both the Hot Springs Valley Wetlands and the Bob Powers Gateway Preserves.

Please contact us if your group would like to explore our preserves.

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 2017 survey was completed on May 17
The results exceeded our expectations!!

Click on the links below to see the reports.
Click here to download
the 2016 survey
Click here to download
the 2017 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.
Click on the link to get a "bird's eye" view of the Hot Springs Valley Preserve

Video by Chris Vegter
July 2017