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Escrow closed on the 189 acre Hot Springs Valley Wetlands Project property in Lake Isabella Feb. 2. As one of the first follow-ups to acquisition, the Kern River Valley Heritage Foundation invited representatives from the Bureau of Land Management, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Ducks Unlimited, Kern County Parks and Recreation, Kern County Wildlife Resources Commission, and U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, plus local Audubon chapters, Kern River Preserve, Kern River Valley Art Association, and Southern Sierra Research Station to evaluate the property.
Led by KRV Heritage Foundation president Tom Anderson and Board Member Bob Barnes, almost 20 of those invited gathered last Thursday for a walking visit and initial discussion of possible management actions. "Our current priority is to develop an overall management plan with the help of recognized experts from among those on this site visit," said Anderson. "This will help the KRV Heritage Foundation develop public access, educational programs, interpretation, and trails compatible with the protection of plants and wildlife already present on site. In addition to humans, a few examples of living creatures expected to benefit are the Alkali Mariposa Lilly, Tricolored blackbird, and 'Kern' Red-winged Blackbird, plus butterflies and many types of ducks, hawks and song birds."
"Residents and visitors will have several chances to enjoy the Hot Springs Valley Wetlands property's animals, open space, and plants during guided visits starting this month," said Barnes. "Public access is expected to be further developed over the next three to four years. As for today, it was great to have perfect weather during the site visit."