Oops we did it again... the Friends of the Kern
River Preserve came in first place on Kern Valley Pride Day,
2006, by collecting the most trash in the Kern River Valley. One
of the benefits of living in the remoter sections of the valley is
the beautiful scenery and open spaces but along with the beauty
comes the ever present problem of lazy people dumping trash in our
area. We look forward to the day when we come in last because no
one trashed our area that year.
This worthy community effort is held each year to help to
clean up the Kern River Valley. Our efforts hauled 181
bags of trash out of the South Fork Kern Valley. The KRP Supporters earned a $250 cash award for a fantastic
morning of work. Our thanks to you all!
We look forward to doing
this on an annual basis. We meet at KRP HQ, 7:30 am. Volunteers
bring their own gloves, hat, work clothes and canteen. We supply
additional drinks, trash bags and a truck and trailer to haul our
trash. After we collect our trash, a free BBQ celebration is held
at French Gulch Campground at noon.
Our focus area is around
Hwy 178 and Sierra Way Hwy in and around the preserve and the
South Fork Wildlife Area.
In the last few years the Friends of the Kern River Preserve have
always brought in a respectable amount of trash – in 2001 we
earned second place and donated our $100.00 award to a relief fund
for the September 11th Disaster.
Thanks to all of our
Friends who have helped us to show our pride in the Kern River
Valley and to keep our land clean.
Join us again next year on September 15, 2007 and show the valley
how environmentalists' really care about the environment for
people and wildlife.
Thanks to Birdie & Bill Foster, Mary Freeland,
Chris & Gordon Hancock, Marya Miller & Darrell Barnes, Sandra
Wieser, Jeff King, Reed Tollefson, Ron Hyatt, Bob Showers, Alison
Sheehey, and Marcella Freerks.