Keepers of the Kern canceling all clean ups next month

07/29/20

They posted to their facebook… “Well folks, as you can see by the August Calendar, there is a change in the wind for Keepers. The Wild and Scenic Kern River has been hit especially hard this summer by a significant increase in overnight camping in eight uncontrolled camping areas along the upper Kern River. The “designated dispersed camping areas” have no limits on the numbers of people and vehicles that can jam onto bare ground adjacent to the river. Because these areas are free to overnight campers the Forest Service does not have the funds to control their overuse and struggle to provide adequate sanitation and trash disposal even with the additional rented trash bins and portable toilets provided by Keepers of the Kern donations. The river’s edge has been overwhelmed by trash, human waste and damage to riparian vegetation. During these challenging times the Keepers of the Kern are having to shut down weekly volunteer trash pick-up operations and we will re-evaluate future efforts before Labor Day. Today, Wednesday, July 29 will be our last day on the river for a while.”

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