Habitat Restoration Along the Lower Kern River,   Bakersfield, California



The Panorama Vista Preserve (PVP)  is located on both sides of the Kern River in north Bakersfield, California.   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).

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.  Revegetation projects are underway as a part of the restoration mission of the Preserve.   Volunteers established the Preserve's own native plant nursery from which they have planted thousands of trees and shrubs such as California sycamore, willows, cottonwoods, buttonbushes, atriplex and elderberries.  Three* major groves of native trees and shrubs have been planted to enhance wildlife habitat and more plantings will come.   Volunteers are  the backbone of KRCE's effort to restore the riparian forest of  this portion of the  Kern River.  For all who work there,  their labor is truly a gift to the community.  

Other important  missions of this non-profit 501 (3) c organization are 1)  to further the preservation and scientific understanding of the Preserve's  natural resources and 2) to provide educational opportunities for the area's school children.  Students and professors from both Bakersfield College and Cal State Bakersfield have used Panorama Vista Preserve as a resource in their studies.  The Preserve also has sponsored science days for local middle school students and offers tours to any teachers who wish to bring their pupils to it.

The  Preserve welcomes the public to enjoy  low impact recreational activities such as walking, birdwatching, bicycle and horse riding as long as  the Preserve's identity as a natural area is respected.   Please read  our Restrictions on Use page.

Only authorized vehicles may drive on the property.  A large parking lot at the western end of the Preserve (see map) is provided for public convenience.  Access for walkers, bicylists, and equestrians is immediately adjacent to the parking lot;  other access points are indicated on the map to the right.  Three miles of the Parkway's bike path run through  the Preserve on the eastern end.
*This includes one grove created by Chevron in mitigation for vegetation lost elsewhere;   the stock came from cuttings gathered by PVP volunteers on the Preserve.

aerial view
The total acreage in green above is appoximately 937 acres.    Various portions that are not in green on the above map are owned by Chevron or other private property.  Chevron and a few small  petroleum companies have the mineral rights under the Preserve.

Map with access points

Educational and Volunteer Opportunities
The Land and the River before 1995   (History)
       +  A Sampling of Historic Photos of the Area
Preserve Time Line since 1995
Revegetation:  A Work in Progress


Native Plants
Alien (Introduced) Plants
Invertebrates  (under construction)
Mammals   (under construction)
Reptiles  (under construction)

Special appreciation for support of the Preserve also goes to:

The Bakersfield Californian Foundation
California Retired Teachers Association Kern County
Interact Club, Foothill High School, Jan Graves, advisor
Kern Audubon Society
Kern County Wildlife Commission
Kern California Native Plant Society
Kern-Kaweah Chapter Sierra Club
Kern River Parkway Foundation
Shell Petroleum
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife

From time to time, families have asked that loved ones be remembered with a planting on the Preserve, and to honor their requests, plantings have been made in memory of:

STEVE HAMPSON, 1950-2007

BRICE DREWRY, 1923-2011.

ALAN BANKS 1954-2012
son of  Beverly and  Dr. Tom Banks

Dr. TOM BANKS, 1929-2013

DICK ADAMS, 1940-2013
Kern Audubon Society

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Updated August 19 , 2013
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