One of the greatest threats to our public lands and rivers are the destructive forces of wildfires. In California, it has become a common occurrence. Caused by both human and natures wrath. Abandoned and illegal campfires are common on the Kern River. That's why, we have decided to work with the United States Forest Service, Smokey Bear and CalFire to promote the safe and responsible way to enjoy a campfire and the correct and efficient technique to put it out. WATCH-LEARN-SHARE this video with friends and family to challenge yourself and take the quiz to test your wilderness skills.
The Seven Principles of Outdoor Ethics should be everyone's go to learning tool when it comes to enjoying the outdoors responsibly. Leave No Trace is the world leader in teaching wilderness education and Kern River Conservancy is proud to be an official partner and a winner of the 2016 National Hot Spot Challenge. We dare you to learn all seven principles and show them off to your friends on your next outdoor adventure.
- PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE.
- TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES.
- DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY.
- LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND.
- MINIMIZE CAMPFIRE IMPACTS.
- RESPECT WILDLIFE.
- BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITORS.
Changing seasons contribute to rapid changes in rivers and streams. In summer, rivers and streams often swell from runoff caused by snowmelt. That also could mean powerful currents that can easily sweep you off your feet. The Kern River is no stranger to these dangers.
Always keep these tips in mind when getting near a waterway.
- ALWAYS RESPECT THE RIVER
- NEVER SWIM ALONE
- AVOID DRUG AND ALCOHOL INTAKE
- ALWAYS WEAR A CORRECT FITTED LIFE JACKET / PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICE (PFD)
- KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS - YOUR LEVEL OF SWIMMING EXPERIENCE AND WATER TEMPERATURES.
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