Weldon, CA – Reed
Tollefson, Manager of Audubon California’s Kern River Preserve, will
speak to Kerncrest Audubon Members and interested members of the
public regarding the present status of the Preserve and his
involvement in the Southern Sierra Partnership at the November
membership meeting. This presentation will be at the Maturango
Museum, 100 East Las Flores Ave, Ridgecrest on Thursday, November
17th at 7 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public.
The South Fork Kern
River supports one of California’s finest remaining examples of
Great Valley Cottonwood-Willow Forest. It is recognized at the state
and regional levels as a valuable natural asset that provides
opportunities for education, nature tourism, research and
recreation. Audubon’s Kern River Preserve protects 3,434 acres of
this river forest, associated wetlands and uplands.
invasive weed control and many other types of land stewardship are
conducted on the property as well as surrounding private ranches and
public lands. Audubon partners with local county, state and federal
resource managers to help ensure that this rare and unique river
forest, our preserve and the surrounding rural landscape are
preserved for the future.
Audubon is working beyond the South Fork Valley as a member of the
Southern Sierra Partnership a collaborative effort with The Nature
Conservancy, Sierra Business Council, Conservation Biology Institute
and Sequoia Riverlands Trust. Our aim is to create large scale
regional conservation outcomes in the Southern Sierra Nevada to help
address issues like climate change, alternative energy development,
air quality and forest management.
Reed Tollefson has a
B.S. in Wildlife Management from Arizona State University. He came
to the South Fork Kern River Valley in 1987 to work as a seasonal
field technician on riparian restoration projects for The Nature
Conservancy (TNC). He was hired full time by TNC and eventually
became the Manager of the Kern River Preserve. In 1997 the Preserve
was transferred to the Audubon Society and Reed was fortunate to be
hired by Audubon where he continues to work today.
About Audubon Kern River Preserve
The Kern River Preserve is managed by
Audubon California for the preservation of one of California’s
largest contiguous cottonwood-willow riparian forests and the
wildlife it supports.
Audubon Kern River Preserve supporters provide financial and volunteer support for Preserve outreach, education, wildlife habitat protection & stewardship.