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Coles Levee Ecosystem Preserve

The Coles Levee Ecosystem Preserve consists of 6,059 acres of threatened and endangered species habitat located in California's southern San Joaquin Valley about 20 miles southwest of Bakersfield. Established in 1992 by Arco and the California Department of Fish and Game, the preserve has been managed by Aera since 1998.

More than a dozen rare, threatened, and endangered birds, animals, and plant life can be found in the preserve which also encompasses the last two miles of riparian habitat along the Kern River before it enters the Buena Vista Lake.

The preserve represents a unique public-private partnership dedicated to conserving entire ecosystems rather than single species on scattered, smaller preserves.

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