The North Fork of the Kern River was in severe danger due to exorbitant,
uncontrolled visitor use in "Dispersed Camping Areas" on public lands.
There was too much impact from too many people concentrated along the river's edge that caused vegetation trampling and destruction, soil erosion, and enormous amounts of trash and human waste that was polluting the river and surrounding public lands.
We Cleaned It! Trash Warriors At Work!
Rex and Barbara Hinkey are the brother and sister team who founded Keepers of the Kern in October, 2013 after realizing complaining about a situation does not solve the problem. They made a plan, acted on it and it happened. Perfect timing, as there were so many who wanted changes; the communities, the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, local businesses, visitors, and folks from all over the world who camp, fish and raft on this spectacular
white-water river. Keepers is now seven years old and going strong thanks to the volunteers and people who are following and supporting our mission.
One Person Can Make a Difference
Together We Can Make It Right
The Wild and Scenic Kern River is one of the finest rivers in
California and it needs to be protected!
The Kern River Valley's economy is driven by recreation and tourism and a clean and healthy Kern River
and Lake Isabella is essential to supporting local businesses, jobs and families*.
Here Are Recreation Economics Reports
The purpose of Keepers of the Kern is to bring the Kern River to a condition
that ensures public safety, environmental and human health.
During the past many years the Kern River's ecological balance has been damaged
by abuse and over use by the public who recreate here.
It is imperative the problems be addressed by the responsible land management
agencies, the pollution stopped, management changes made, promotion of
Leave No Trace education and enforcement of resource protection rules and regulations**.
Here Are The U.S. Forest Service Recreation Prohibitions
Here Are Sequoia National Forest Orders
The Keepers of the Kern actively cooperate with the Sequoia National Forest in improving recreational and sanitation facilities, updating and improving the Wild and Scenic Kern River Management Plan***.
Here Are The Wild and Scenic Kern River Management Plans