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.