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Keepers of the Kern are heading into year number six and our accomplishments continue to grow with every year! Thanks to all our dedicated volunteers, our faithful board members, the many sponsors of the Adopt-A-Campground project, and those who continue to support and encourage us. 

 We participated in local, state and national events throughout the year:

  • National Public Lands Day

  • American River Clean Up

  • Kern Valley Pride Day

  • Great Sierra River Clean Up

  • 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

  • Kern River Festival

  • White Water Wednesday

  • Bio-Regional Earth Day

  • Carp Fest

  • Sierretta Street Sale

  • Rockin’ River Beer & Music Festival

  • Whiskey Flat Days

  • Cork n Fork

  • U.S. Forest Service Holiday Weekends Information Kiosk

  • Lake Isabella Christmas Parade.

      As part of our outreach program, we feel it is imperative to be a part of our community, to support as many events as possible and to be visible. It has paid off big time as we have increased our volunteer base, received more support and participation by local businesses and organization, plus given us the opportunity to expand our programs and projects.

     We were proud to have the local Boy Scout Troop, Cub Scouts and the Scholarship Club join us. The youth is the answer to continued success in protecting and preserving our river, lake and land. Thanks to the leaders of these groups for their dedication to get the youth involved, so they can have a hands-on experience in learning the importance of LEAVE NO TRACE and PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT.

     The Adopt-A-Campground project was, once again, a positive accomplishment! There was well over $40,000.00 in sponsored funds used to accommodate additional sanitary facilities on the upper Kern. A first this year, was a dumpster sponsored for one of the areas at Lake Isabella. Having these extra dumpsters and portable toilets makes an extraordinary impact in reducing the amount of trash, garbage and human waste in campsites and the river’s edge. 

      Because of the generosity of someone very special in our organization, Keepers now has a pick-up truck to aide in the hauling of supplies, volunteers and, of course, trash. Thank you Karin!

     We are looking forward to the coming year and are confident there are positive changes on the horizon to increase the protection of the river and lake. 

 National Public Lands Day

 Trash Warrior Accomplishments   2017

Once again, Keepers of the Kern, Inc. is proud to announce that 2017 was another successful year! This is due to our many sponsors, supporters, and dedication of all our volunteers. THANK YOU!

      Keepers of the Kern believe that one person can make a difference in the health of the Wild and Scenic Kern River and its land. One trash bag at a time! We have proven it works by witnessing the hard work and dedication of the many volunteers who have spent 1,000’s of hours doing just that, filling one trash bag at a time and making a difference.

     We are going into the fifth year of making a difference and to date, the Upper Kern River corridor has been rid of at least 85% of the trash and waste that has accumulated over the seasons. This monumental task includes 20 miles of roadway, 13 camping areas and a host of riverbank areas that are heavily impacted by river recreationists. Our volunteers spend a minimum of two days a week on the Upper Kern River, three or four days a month at the historic Keyesville area on the Lower Kern and as often as possible on the shores of Lake Isabella and roadsides in the Kern River Valley.

     The ADOPT-A-CAMPGROUND project has been a major factor in the health and safety of our Wild & Scenic Kern River. This project supplements the sanitary facilities provided by the U.S. Forest Service, Kern River Ranger District. There were 22 trash bins and 15 portable toilets placed in the 8 undeveloped campgrounds on the Upper Kern, thanks to the many sponsors who stepped up and donated the funds that made ADOPT-A-CAMPGROUND successful in 2017. A total of over $35,000 was raised to support the project!!!

     The Keepers was awarded one of three NATIONAL WILD & SCENIC RIVER awards for our continued success as good stewards on our river. We are greatly honored and humbled to be chosen for this very prestigious award. A group of Keepers travelled to Sacramento to receive the award at the U.S. Forest Service Regional Awards Event.





      Education will be a continued focus in 2018. It is imperative to share information on how to protect the forest by instituting correct trash disposal, proper disposal of human waste, how pollution damages the land, endangers users, and puts the water of the Wild and Scenic Kern River at risk. Keepers of the Kern believe that a large percentage of the public who recreate in our valley are not aware of the importance of being good stewards and protecting the valuable resources our valley offers. A very important way to connect with the public is with the U.S. Forest Service Kiosk that is set-up on the river corridor over the three main holidays of the season when thousands upon thousands of people are camping and recreating. Our volunteers share shift hours during the three days the Kiosk is open, working alongside U.S. Forest Service personnel where we hand out maps, educational material, fire permits and general information about the area.

      The future holds promise for Keepers of the Kern and we are looking forward to continued success. We are confident that with the support of so many people and the passion for the river and its land that is so evident, the future looks bright.


 Trash Warrior Accomplishments   2018

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