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Kern River Corridor Endowment & River Partners to Restore Bakersfield’s Panorama Vista Preserve

Restoration area on the Panama Vista Preserve, where NFWF presented its grant award to River Partners and KRCE.

River Partners and the Kern River Corridor Endowment (KRCE) hosted a tree planting day in Bakersfield on January 28, 2010. Area residents and students planted more than 2,000 native trees and shrubs at the Panorama Vista Preserve. In addition to the planting, this event also highlighted the involvement of Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) as funders. NFWF representative, Claire Thorpe, presented a check to River Partners and the KRCE for the Panorama Vista Riparian Restoration and Education Project.

This restoration project provides opportunities for Bakersfield residents and students to engage in protecting the Kern River watershed through this on-the-ground work day at the Preserve. Restoration work has been underway since April 2010, and maintenance and monitoring of the 30-acre project is managed by the KRCE. A collaboration among River Partners, KRCE, and the Kern Audubon Society, this project contributes to the first phase of habitat

Kern River Corridor Endowment & River Partners to Restore Bakersfield’s Panorama Vista Preserverestoration undertaken at the 935-acre Panorama Vista Preserve, bringing engagement and outdoor education opportunities to Bakersfield residents and schools.

This project is funded in part by the Nature Restoration Trust, a partnership between PG&E and NFWF, which has contributed $40,000 toward this restoration effort. PG&E has committed $1 million from 2008 to 2010 to support similar projects throughout the Northern and Central California service area.

The above article originally appeared in the March 2011 issue of the River Partners Journal.