Kern River Valley Heritage Foundation Awarded Cal Fire Grant

Photo by Shannon Rapose / Kern Valley Sun; The Kern River Valley Heritage Foundation is responsible for both the Hot Springs Valley Wetlands Preserve and the Bob Powers Preserve and plans to purchase equipment with the funds from the Cal Fire Grant to better remove fire hazards and maintain fire breaks on the nearly 200 acres of land located in the middle of Lake Isabella.

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KRV Heritage Foundation

Cal Fire has awarded a grant to the Kern River Valley Heritage Foundation (KRVHF). The funds will be used to purchase a walk-behind brush mower and a tractor with implements. These resources will be used to mitigate fire hazards on both the Bob Powers Preserve and the Hot Springs Valley Wetlands Preserve located in Lake Isabella. KRVHF currently has responsibility of over 200 acres near the center of Lake Isabella that includes 24 neighboring homes located on the southern property line. While the Heritage Foundation is using managed grazing using 100 head of cattle on the Hot Springs Valley Wetlands Preserve, no cattle are allowed on the Bob Powers Preserve. Even a casual observation of the two projects reveals the difference the cattle have made. The new equipment will allow the Heritage Foundation volunteers to do a better and safer job of removing fire hazards and maintaining required fire breaks. The new equipment is expected to be on hand by the end of 2018. Until then, the tasks will be accomplished using the equipment that is on loan to the Heritage Foundation by a community member.

“Although the progress might appear slow, our all-volunteer board has been working very diligently to ensure the projects in Lake Isabella result in something the entire community will be proud of for years to come,” said Heritage Foundation Board Member Bruce Vegter. “This latest grant is a positive step to ensure that success.”