PRESS RELEASE / U.S. Forest Service 

KERNVILLE, Calif. — Kern River District Ranger, Al Watson invites the media and public to an opening ceremony for the new Forest Service Fire Station and interim Visitor Information Services office. The facility was completed in October of 2017.

When: Thursday, May 3, 2018

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Agency, partner remarks, Ceremonial Opening

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Public tours of the new facility


Isabella Work Station
7158 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella, CA 93240

In 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District awarded a $7.75 million contract to Macro-Z Technology of Santa Ana for the relocation of the U.S. Fire Station and Visitor Information Services office in Lake Isabella. The contract included relocation and construction of a two-bay garage, with an interim visitor information center.

The fire station and interim visitor center has been outfitted with solar panels to produce eight kilowatts of renewable energy for the station. The station also boasts a state of the art LEED certified silver (second level of 4 levels of green) building. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is an ecology-oriented building certification program run under the auspices of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

District Ranger, Al Watson commented, “We are very pleased with the addition of this facility to our valley. The location will improve response time and provide easy access to Highway 178 while contributing to the needs of the community’s health and safety.”

The former USFS Lake Isabella facility was located on an area that will now become an emergency spillway to be built between the Main and Auxiliary dams as part of the Isabella Lake Dam Safety Modification Project.

The Lake Isabella Visitor Center will be a full-service facility, opening to the public on Tuesday, April 16, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, (closed during lunch 12:00 to 12:30).

This interim visitor information center will serve the public until the completion of a planned multi-partnership center is built, near Highway 155 and 178, in Lake Isabella.

Thank you!

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Alicia Embrey

Forest Public Affairs Officer

Sequoia National Forest/Giant Sequoia National Monument

office phone: 559-784-1500 x1112
office cell phone: 559-339-4063
private cell phone: 660-232-2629

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