Public input sought for Lower Kern

The Kern River Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest is currently contemplating options for management of the Lower Kern River and is inviting public input at a meeting Tuesday, Feb. 7, in Lake Isabella.

The Lower Kern consists of National Forest System lands starting at Isabella Dam and extending to the forest boundary near the mouth of the Kern River Canyon. This approximately 26-mile stretch of river not only serves as a gateway to the Kern River Valley and southern end of the Sequoia National Forest but is also a popular destination for visitors.

“The Lower Kern River offers not only outstanding scenic and recreational experiences but richness in local California history — an outdoor classroom waiting to be discovered,” said a forest service spokesperson. “Unfortunately, as use of this scenic river corridor has increased, the presence of trash, graffiti and other undesirable impacts to the landscape has also increased.

“The Forest Service is interested in looking at future management actions to ensure that visitors are able to enjoy all that the river corridor has to offer and to expand on opportunities to enhance visitor experiences for future generations.”

The forum for public input will be held at the Kern County Branch Library in Lake Isabella from 5-7 p.m.

For more information, contact Recreation Officer Tricia Maki at 760-376-3781 or triciamaki@fs.fed.us.

Story First Published: 2017-02-03