National Monument Association

Community and Forest Service come together to keep the Kern Wild and Scenic

May 19th, 2014 by Eric Mart

Kernville, Calif., May 19, 2014—For Immediate Release. The Forest Service partnered with

volunteer groups and community supporters this year to keep the Wild and Scenic Upper Kern

River clean. Because of their effort, visitors can enjoy this beautiful riparian habitat. The

Keepers of the Kern, Kern River Conservancy, and Forest Service employees have picked up tons

of trash from the Upper Kern River over the past year to return it to a beautiful state for all to

enjoy. Please help us keep it that way by packing out all your trash or using dumpsters

provided at your location. If a dumpster is full, please do not stack trash around it for the wind

to blow it around and animals to scatter it—find another dumpster or pack it out.

The Forest Service has also adopted new camping regulations for the Upper Kern River corridor

to promote a healthy ecosystem and combat the damage that occurred during the previous

unrestricted dispersed camping. Effective since May 1, 2014, visitors to the Upper Kern River

can camp only in the fee campgrounds or in the designated dispersed sites. There are eight pay

campgrounds and eight free dispersed camping areas within the river corridor. When these

reach capacity, campers are encouraged to go to camping areas around Lake Isabella that do

not traditionally fill up on the holiday weekends, such as Camp 9, Paradise Cove, Boulder Gulch,

and Auxiliary Dam.

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