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Archive for April, 2015

Independence Day – Ojai Meadows Preserve is Closed to the Public

By on April 28, 2015 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments
Independence Day – Ojai Meadows Preserve is Closed to the Public

Saturday, July 4th, 2015 (Independence Day) Ojai Meadows Preserve is closed to the public.

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All About Ojai: Dirt Time with the Channel Islands Tracking Team

By on April 21, 2015 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments
All About Ojai: Dirt Time with the Channel Islands Tracking Team

ALL ABOUT OJAI: Environmental Learning Series Dirt Time with the Channel Islands Tracking Team followed by slide show Saturday, May 9, 2015 9 AM to 12 AM Old Baldwin Road Trailhead, Ventura River Preserve Participants should wear sturdy shoes and bring water and sun protection. Join us for a fun and informative morning out on the […]

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Kennedy Ridge or Bust

By on April 29, 2015 in Press, Ventura River Preserve with 0 Comments
Kennedy Ridge or Bust

The Kennedy Ridge Trail and OVLC Stewardship Director were featured in a great article by Ray Ford in the Santa Barbara Independent this week:   As you ascend the switchbacks leading to the top of Kennedy Ridge the whole Ojai Valley comes into view. The Topatopa Mountain escarpment provides a similar backdrop to what we […]

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All About Ojai: Guided Bird Walk on the Ojai Meadows Preserve

By on April 21, 2015 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments
All About Ojai: Guided Bird Walk on the Ojai Meadows Preserve

Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 8:30 AM Join Jesse Grantham for a birding tour of the Ojai Meadows Preserve on Saturday morning May 2, at 8:30 AM. Jesse Grantham is a renowned bird expert. He is the retired coordinator for the US Fish and Wildlife Service National Condor Recovery program. This is an easy walk on uneven […]

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Ventura River Preserve – Free Guided Nature Hike and Bird Walk

By on April 21, 2015 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments
Ventura River Preserve – Free Guided Nature Hike and Bird Walk

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Ventura River Preserve: Wills-Rice Canyon Loop The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy is hosting a bird and nature hike at the Ventura River Preserve on Sunday May 3rd at 8:30 AM. The hike will follow the Wills-Rice Loop trail and will be led by Peter Larramendy. You […]

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Last Section of the Fuelbreak Road Trail Protected Forever

By on April 21, 2015 in News, Valley View Preserve with 0 Comments
Last Section of the Fuelbreak Road Trail Protected Forever

Ojai’s front country trails got another “leg up” this month with a donated easement to the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) for the final section of OVLC’s Fuelbreak Road Trail. Most of the popular trail had been put into a trail easement in the late 1990’s—connecting the U.S. Forest Service’s Fuelbreak Road and Gridley Trail. […]

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Adopt-a-Trail Agreement Signed

By on April 21, 2015 in News, Valley View Preserve with 0 Comments
Adopt-a-Trail Agreement Signed

With the ink barely dry on a new Adopt-a-Trail agreement for parts of the Foothill Trail, volunteers got busy recently doing needed maintenance. When the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) purchased what is now the Valley View Preserve two years ago it came with the promise of reopening the historic trail. That work was accomplished […]

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Beaver Tales

By on April 28, 2015 in Notes from Rick with 2 Comments
Beaver Tales

Each year the Salmonid Restoration Federation, a northern California based organization dedicated to saving salmon and steelhead and their habitat hold a five day conference with many presenters and programs. Last spring’s event was held in Santa Barbara. The presenters from one of the workshops came to Ojai to look for possible sites for restoring […]

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Snake Stories

By on April 27, 2015 in Notes from Rick with 0 Comments
Snake Stories

Although it seems that collecting reptiles is a popular thing to do these days, some fifty years ago already my boyhood friends and I growing up in Ojai were crazy about collecting snakes, turtles and lizards and were fascinated with their lives and stories. We kept our creatures in terrariums and cages, feeding and looking […]

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Improved Hiking Access through Forest Service Partnership

By on April 30, 2015 in Newsletter with 0 Comments
Improved Hiking Access through Forest Service Partnership

It’s been a good month for improved hiking access with projects put in place in partnership with the US Forest Service (USFS). The Foothill Trail adopt-a-trail agreement and the Pratt Trailhead rehab project have finally launched. Heidi Anderson, the Ojai District’s Wilderness Trails Manager and temporary duty District Ranger Yolanda Saldana worked with OVLC to […]

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OVLC Volunteer Trail Crew

By on April 27, 2015 in Notes from Rick with 0 Comments
OVLC Volunteer Trail Crew

Most agree that they love the fresh air, exercise, sense of accomplishment, fellowship and a strong desire to give something tangible to the beautiful place they call home. Who are these virtuous few? They are the OVLC Volunteer Trail Crew! As volunteer Rob Young, a retired geologist likes to say, “I really look forward to […]

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Stewardship Director Annual Hike & Picnic

By on April 13, 2015 in Events, Featured, News with 0 Comments
Stewardship Director Annual Hike & Picnic

APRIL 25, 2015   9:00 AM -12 PM Hike and Picnic at the Ilvento Preserve with Stewardship Director Rick Bisaccia Once a year the OVLC offers a guided walk on its Ilvento Preserve, and this year it takes place on April 25, from 9 AM to 12 noon. OVLC Preserve Manager Rick Bisaccia will lead a […]

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Cleaning up the Ventura River

Cleaning up the Ventura River

Pulling old dolls, smashed bicycles and discarded tires out of the river isn’t what everyone wants to do on their holiday, but for some 50 volunteers on Presidents’ Day, that’s exactly what they did; and the river was better off for it. Ojai people of all ages came together with trashcans and buckets and collected […]

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