Habitat Restoration Along the Lower Kern River, Bakersfield, California
and TME LINE 1995-PRESENT
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ABOUT THE PRESERVE
The Panorama Vista Preserve (PVP) is located on both sides of the Kern River bounded by north Bakersfield on one side and Oildale, California. on the other. The river flows gently through it all year. It is private land held in trust for the public; its owner is the Kern River Corridor Endowment and Holding Co. (KRCE), a non-profit 501 (3) c entity; its Board of Directors are unpaid volunteers.
At no time will the property be developed or altered other than in the most minimal way consistent with the maintenance or restoration of the property as a natural area and wildlife habitat. Revegetation projects with plants native to the region are underway as a part of the PVP's restoration mission; to this end, the Preserve built its own plant nursery in which California native plants are being grown out for transplantation; seeds or cuttings for the nursery come from the Preserve itself or the Kern River watershed in order to maintain genetic integrity. These are plants which have evolved to survive in our naturally arid climate. Although new plants need some irrigation in the beginning, they will eventually be self-sustaining. Four major groves will have been planted by the end 2014.
Other important missions of the PVP are to promote scientific understanding of the Preserve's natural resources and to provide educational opportunities for the area's school children. Students and professors from both Bakersfield College and the California State University Bakersfield have used Panorama Vista Preserve in their studies. The Preserve also has sponsored science camps for local middle school students; more than 900 students attended the camps in 2014.
The Preserve welcomes the public to enjoy low impact recreational activities such as walking, running, birdwatching, bicycle and horse riding. The public is asked to not disturb the wildlife or to damage the habitat.
Only authorized vehicles may drive on the property.
Special appreciation for support of the Preserve goes to:
The Bakersfield Californian Foundation
California Retired Teachers Association Kern County
Interact Club, Foothill High School, Jan Graves, advisor
North Bakersfield Rotary Club
Patricia C. Brown Foundation
Pacific Gas and Electric Nature Restoration Trust
Kern Audubon Society
Kern County Wildlife Commission
Kern California Native Plant Society
Kern-Kaweah Chapter Sierra Club
Kern River Parkway Foundation
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
US Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service