For a donation of $500,   PVP will plant and maintain a Valley Oak, a California Sycamore or an Elderberry in memory of your loved one
A Memorial Grove has been established on the western side of the Preserve.  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 the memories 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
Erected by Kern Audubon Society

EVAN BELL, 1934-2015
Erected by Kern-Kaweah chapter Sierra Club

Oriole wi elderberries

Why an oak, a California Sycamore or an elderberry?

They grow well in an arid climate such as we have in Kern County;   the Kern River runs through the Preserve,  so the water table is relatively high.   Although they will need a few years of watering to become established and have reached the water table,  PVP will look after your planting and see  that it flourishes.

An oak is a symbol of strength, courage and endurance.   It is slow-growing but tough.  On the Preserve, critters enjoy its shade and its acorns are a good food resource for birds, cottontails, jack rabbits and small rodents.

Like an oak,  elderberry bush is  long-lived but grows more quickly (3 to 17 feet).  Its berries, either fresh or sun-dried  are one of the most important food resources for birds on the Preserve. Bunnies and other creatures find shelter and cool shade within its shrubbery.  For Native Americans who once hunted and gathered in this territory, its dried berries were prized for food, especially in winter, and  its twigs and branches were used in basketry or made into tools and musical instruments.  Its abundance meant life, survival and celebration.

The California Sycamore is one of the most majestic of trees on the Preserve.  The Preserve has some of the best surviving riparian stands in California.    It may grow to 75 feet high, with multiple trunks.    Its silvery, mottled white and gray bark is very attractive.  It likes water in its early days but it does well once its roots reach the water table.  Birds , such as goldfinches,  feed on its seed and other birds, such as orioles, build nests in its branches. 

Black Phoebe

If you would like to donate to the Preserve or know more about it, please contact Carolyn Belli at 872-3569 or 319-5805 .  PVP is a 501 (c) 3 organization.