The Kern River Valley Historical Society is celebrating over 50 years of operation! Our mission is to preserve and communicate the rich and colorful history of this region. The Kern Valley Museum in downtown Kernville, next to the Post Office, welcomes visitors to explore our rich history.

What's Happening

February's meeting had another great program by Forest Service Ranger Al Watson....

who has been serving our Kern River Valley Ranger District for over 6 years as District Ranger. Watson spoke about the dam project and how the funding has allowed for the building of the new district facilities in Kernville and Lake Isabella. He also spoke about the devastation of the drought and the infestation of insects on the pine, cedar, and fir trees in our forest leading to over 166 Vmillion dead trees. .

Watson explained the cause and what the Forest Service is doing about it. He then talked about the 2017 fire season, what fires we had that affected the Valley and the strategies the Forest Service uses to fight these fires. Watson stressed that the safety of the fire fighters is a major concern. He told us that firefighting now consumes over half of his annual budget. Watson took a lot of questions from the audience on all topics and did a great job.

Barbara Hinkey of Keepers of the Kern was in the audience and she spoke to the group about how we all can be trash warriors and help keep our valley clean. She recommends that we all keep a large trash bag and pick-up tool with us in our cars and use them if we see a need. Keepers will provide them. You can call (760) 376-2963 for more information.

I want to thank all the ladies that provided the great refreshments. It was great fun.

Hal Chiprin