Habitat Restoration Along the Lower Kern River, Bakersfield, California
ABOUT THE PRESERVE
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.
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.
HISTORY, REVEGETATION PROJECTS, AND USE:
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
A CLOSER LOOK AT ITS NATURAL RESOURCES
Alien (Introduced) Plants
Invertebrates (under construction)
Mammals (under construction)
Reptiles (under construction)
|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
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