Good news!! Wetlands protected!

From Bob Barnes:

“HSVW ACQUISITION COMPLETED! As of this afternoon, [Feb 2] the Kern River Valley Heritage Foundation … is owner of the 189.26 acre Hot Springs Valley Wetlands Project property at the

edge of the community of Lake Isabella. THANK YOU to hundreds of grassroots donors (including many, many of you), Audubon California, and California Department of Natural Resources for funding acquisition, and to The Trust for Public Land for facilitating the purchase.”

From Alex Size, the person at the Trust for Public Land who really did a lot of the work on this project by facilitating the complicated process:

“As of this afternoon, the Kern River Valley Heritage Foundation is the proud new owner of 189 beautiful acres of California land.  Congratulations!!!  You should all be very proud of yourselves and all the blood, sweat and tears you put into preserving this property.  Now comes the fun part…restoration!

“I feel honored to have played a small role in helping you guys achieve this dream.  I hope you all take some time off to reflect on this accomplishment and what it will mean for the critters and people who will enjoy this land for generations to come.  A job well done indeed.”

And from The Chat Editor: Even though all we did was write letters and submit the application for the Audubon Wimberley Foundation grant for $100,000 for this project, I feel happy and proud for Kerncrest to have been part of it. Thank you to all our members who contributed! Do visit and click on Hot Springs Valley Wetlands to see a complete description of the program and grass roots funding.

Volunteers Needed

The Southern Sierra Research Station in Weldon has some unique opportunities for volunteering this winter and spring! They have teamed up with the Kern River Audubon Preserve and California Department of Fish and Wildlife and are planting 63 acres of field and old forest.

They need HELP! All ages are welcome. They will be planting trees every weekend in February and March. As you can see from the picture above, holes are dug, so you need only place trees and backfill. If you are interested in volunteering, please RSVP to Patti Wohner at 760-378-3345. She will organize work days only if volunteers have scheduled in advance.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Southern Sierra Research Station in Weldon, together with the Audubon California Kern River Preserve and California Department of Fish and Wildlife, are working on restoring 63 acres of field and old forest by planting trees.

Volunteer help is desperately needed! Work will be ongoing almost every weekend throughout the winter and spring. In January, hoped-for work dates are the weekends of 7/8, 21/22, and 28/29.

If you are interested in volunteering, please RSVP with Patti Wohner at 760-378- 3345 and let her know your dates of choice. Work parties will only be scheduled as workers are available.

Bob Powers Gateway Preserve Update

Work is underway to further improve Tricolored Blackbird breeding habitat on the preserve. A good location has been identified around some existing stinging nettle, and water has been brought to the site.

Volunteers will be needed to help transplant more nettle! We will be sending out a further announcement when the dates are known. For the Hot Springs Valley Wetlands acquisition many Friends donated $10 or more as part of the “Grass Roots” campaign. Others made pledges or did both. Still others indicated they would be willing to help when it was clear that the acquisition was doable. It is doable! Now is the time to honor that pledge, make that donation or add to what you’ve already given.

You can donate online at or Or contact We can close escrow in 2016 with your help!