Wilderness Land Trust Transfers 200 acres to Domeland Wilderness Area

Wilderness Land Trust Transfers 200 acres to Domeland Wilderness Area

Jun. 04, 2010

The Wilderness Land Trust recently transferred 200 acres of formally private property to the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  The property is located near the Pacific Crest Trail near the Kennedy Meadows area and within the Domeland Wilderness, which is in Tulare County, California, located high in the southern Sierra, between Bakersfield and Ridgecrest.


The property was one of the last remaining private inholdings in the Domeland Wilderness.  Hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail climb out of the desert to over 7,000 feet to view this property on their trip.  The property contains both year-round and intermittent streams that traverse a large meadow and flow to the Wild and Scenic South Fork of the Kern River.  The Kern River hosts many recreational activities, including fishing and whitewater sports, as well as feeds Lake Isabella.  In addition to providing water for the City of Bakersfield, the River used to flow to the valley floor, feeding a series of lakes and wetlands, but in its lower reaches water from the River now supports the irrigation needed for the many agricultural crops grown in the Great Central Valley.


“This acquisition restored the site back to its wilderness values, including decommissioning of almost 3 miles of road and several unpermitted structures, as well as reconnecting a stream to its natural course so it can feed the Wild and Scenic South Fork of the Kern River.  The wilderness values of the property and the surrounding 133,810 acres of the Domeland Wilderness are now permanently protected for future generations as they experience the adjacent Pacific Crest Trail,” said President Reid Haughey. 


The US Bureau of Land Management manages the section of the Domeland Wilderness containing the Hayley’s Meadow Property. 


“This acquisition, under the leadership of the Wilderness Land Trust, is an outstanding example of what can happen when a non-profit partners with the BLM.  The Hayley's Meadow acquisition has added a significant asset to the Domeland Wilderness and will provide tremendous benefits to the hikers along the Pacific Crest Trail, to the flora and fauna of the Domelands, and to the integrity and quality of the South Fork of the Kern River.  The BLM applauds the efforts and vision of the Wilderness Land Trust and truly appreciates their leadership and partnership in protecting the public's wilderness resources,” said Tim Smith, Field Manager of the Bakersfield Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management. 


Domeland Wilderness

Designated as wilderness under the original 1964 Wilderness Act, the Domeland Wilderness, managed by both the Bureau of Land Management and the Sequoia National Forest, is one of California’s most rugged wilderness areas, connecting distinctive granite dome-shaped rock formations, mixed conifers and wet meadows on its northwest side with pinon-covered terrain interspersed with intermittent streams heading for the desert on its southeast side. The wilderness is located in Tulare County, near the Inyo County border. Containing 133,810 acres, it supports the watershed of the Wild and Scenic South Fork of the Kern River, which feeds Lake Isabella, just east of Bakersfield and is a popular kayaking and whitewater destination.


The Bureau of Land Management

The BLM manages more land - 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.  More information is available at www.ca.blm.gov/bakersfield

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Hayley's Meadow Property - 200 acres