Kerncrest to host rivers director

The Kerncrest Audubon Society will host a program by Steve Evans on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Maturango Museum.

Evans is the Wild and Scenic Rivers Program Director for CalWild, or the California Wilderness Coalition. In that capacity, he has been involved in the protection of more than 480 miles of wild and scenic rivers in the last 30 years. In this program he offers an hour-long PowerPoint program exploring the Act’s 50-year legacy of protecting free-flowing rivers and streams throughout the state.

California has 747 miles of nationally protected rivers and streams, as well as thousands of miles of waterways eligible for federal protection. “Even in these politically troubled times, there is legislation pending in Congress that will more than double the miles of protected rivers in the state,” said a spokesperson.

“The goal of CalWild’s river program in to increase protected wild and scenic river mileage to 6,000 miles in the next ten years. Learn what you can do to help with that effort.

“There was at one time an effort to designate the Surprise Canyon perennial stream in the Panamint Mountains, under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act,” said the spokesperson.

“It was hoped that designation would help protect the beautiful and valuable riparian habitat from environmental impacts resulting from recreational use by off-road vehicles and other impacts. We do not know the status of that nomination but hope that perhaps Steve can bring us up to date, in addition to describing other rivers in the California wilderness.”

The public is invited to attend.

Story First Published: 2018-09-14