To Our Ojai Community:

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we recover from the damage from the Thomas Fire on our trails. In the coming months trails will likely open and close depending on rain and changing trail conditions. Click here for current information and trail notifications »

Nathan Wickstrum

CREATURE FEATURE / JULY 2021

By on July 22, 2021 in News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
CREATURE FEATURE / JULY 2021

OVLC has recently received some new tenants on its Ventura River Preserve. Coyotes (Canis latrans) have been seen displaying territorial behavior near some parts of the river due to a nearby den. Coyotes mate between January and March, and females usually give birth to 4-7 pups after a gestation period of 58-65 days.

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RESTORATION / JULY 2021

By on July 20, 2021 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
RESTORATION / JULY 2021

OVLC Restoration Field Crew has recently gained a new member, Sophie McLean, to help out with field tasks and nursery management. She has a degree in Plant Biology and is excited to exchange her knowledge with OVLC Nursery Manager, Ron Singer.

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NURSERY INTERNS

By on July 16, 2021 in News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
NURSERY INTERNS

You may have noticed some new voices on our social media the last few weeks. Thanks in-part to a generous grant from the Rotary Club of Ojai, we have two interns from Nordhoff High School: Alessandra (Ally) Lucchesi and Corallyn Moss. They will be assisting OVLC Nursery Manager, Ron Singer, in growing and caring for the thousands of plants that the OVLC uses annually in restoration projects.

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MEET LINDA WILKIN: OVLC LAND STEWARD

By on July 14, 2021 in News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
MEET LINDA WILKIN: OVLC LAND STEWARD

We are excited to formally introduce Linda, OVLC’s new Land Steward and botanist extraordinaire! Linda’s love for plants has given her a breadth of experience in farming, habitat restoration, and nursery work. These days, she is putting her experience and passion toward protecting OVLC’s open spaces. For the last eleven months, Linda has been out in the field engaging with preserve users, dealing with fires at the Ojai Meadows Preserve, fixing kiosks and trail signage, and more recently leading volunteer events.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR / JULY 2021

By on July 12, 2021 in News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
FROM THE DIRECTOR / JULY 2021

Between the year and a half of pandemic-constrained life and California’s extreme drought, one could be excused for suffering from a grim outlook. However, we at OVLC see reasons to have optimism beyond the slowly abating (at least locally) pandemic.

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Trail User Etiquette

By on May 19, 2021 in News with 0 Comments
Trail User Etiquette

Due to an increasing interest in outdoor recreation, OVLC trails are receiving more traffic than ever before. OVLC trails are primarily multi-use trails, open to equestrians, mountain bikers, and hikers/runners. Please be courteous to other users, share the trail, and follow these guidelines when you are using OVLC trails:

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Why Oak Trees?

By on May 12, 2021 in Featured, News with 0 Comments
Why Oak Trees?

Every year OVLC plants hundreds of oak trees. These oak trees help the Ojai Valley become resilient to a changing climate. The oaks we plant today start off small and fragile, but with time they will become majestic towering oaks that define Ojai’s landscapes. Restoring our lands back to oak woodlands has a myriad of benefits for our […]

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Aggressive Coyotes on OVLC Preserves

By on April 30, 2021 in News with 0 Comments
Aggressive Coyotes on OVLC Preserves

We have received multiple reports of coyotes acting extremely aggressive toward users in the vicinity of the Old Baldwin Road Trailhead and the lower Ventura River Preserve trails. In both incidents, hikers had large dogs with them and the coyotes aggressively and persistently threatened them

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WELCOME NEW BOARD MEMBERS!

By on March 31, 2021 in News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
WELCOME NEW BOARD MEMBERS!

Welcome new board members!

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CREATURE FEATURE

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CREATURE FEATURE

Have you noticed all of the beautiful bluebirds flying around the Ojai Meadows Preserve? The Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) is one of our local residents that we are lucky to have year-round here in Ojai.

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JOIN OUR NEW ADOPTER PROGRAM!

JOIN OUR NEW ADOPTER PROGRAM!

Wish you could volunteer on your own schedule? Now you can! We’re very excited to announce that with funding from the Ojai Women’s Fund we are starting our Volunteer Adopter Program. This will help us maintain our 27 miles of trails and our oak woodland restoration sites. Individuals will be able to take on responsibility for a section of trail on our various preserves (Trail Adopters) or several oak restoration circles on the Ventura River Preserve (Restoration Adopters). Join our new Adopter program!

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RESTORATION / MARCH 2021

By on March 19, 2021 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
RESTORATION / MARCH 2021

If you walk in the Ojai Meadows Preserve, you may have noticed burned areas scattered throughout the preserve. The Ventura County Fire Department believes that each of these fires was intentionally started, and is investigating further.

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STEWARDSHIP / MARCH 2021

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STEWARDSHIP / MARCH 2021

Lately, the iconic switchbacks on the hillside with the water tank are being short cut and a new trail is forming, following the ridge Luci’s Trail meanders up.

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More Than Just Your Pretty Views

By on March 12, 2021 in News with 0 Comments
More Than Just Your Pretty Views

From almost anywhere in Ojai, you can look out at the undeveloped hillsides and know you are home. In addition to conserving Ojai’s scenic backdrop, the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s protection and restoration of land has a myriad of benefits that go beyond beauty. The diverse and rich habitats that thrive in these open spaces provide the following essential ecosystem services that increase our resilience to a changing climate.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR / MARCH 2021

By on March 11, 2021 in News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
FROM THE DIRECTOR / MARCH 2021

If you have recently driven down Santa Ana Road, you may have noticed a small herd of goats grazing the fields at OVLC’s Ventura River Steelhead Preserve.

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Adventure+ Film Tour 2021

By on March 5, 2021 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Adventure+ Film Tour 2021

The OVLC is teaming up with Adventure+ to bring you four virtual film tours. The Vertical Life Film Tour, available May 14-22, is an all new climbing film tour originated in Australia. The tour has been created and conceived by the team behind Vertical Life Magazine to celebrate the relaunch of the Magazine following COVID-19 hibernation and will make its North American debut in with a theatrical and virtual release on May 14, 2021.

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MEET YOUR OVLC STAFF

By on December 22, 2020 in News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
MEET YOUR OVLC STAFF

While OVLC copes with elements of the new normal of the pandemic, we are encouraged by the recent staff changes, and look forward to coming through this strange time stronger than ever. Keep your eye out for Linda, as well as our restoration crew, and if you see them out on a preserve, please feel free to introduce yourself and say hello!

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VOLUNTEER PROFILE

By on December 22, 2020 in News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
VOLUNTEER PROFILE

Over the years, the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy has had many outstanding volunteers. Rob Young is one of them. He has been instrumental in many projects throughout the preserves, yet his leadership and commitment shined even brighter in his work on the construction of the Allan Jacobs trail and bridge. We would like to thank Rob for his years of volunteering and dedication to the OVLC. Volunteers like him and countless others are instrumental to our success protecting the preserves’ open spaces and trails. Rob was generous to take some time to talk to OVLC Land Steward, Linda Wilkin, about his experience volunteering and the building of the Allan Jacobs bridge.

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CREATURE FEATURE

By on December 22, 2020 in News with 0 Comments
CREATURE FEATURE

Have you been out on the trails and seen an unidentifiable flash of pink go by? It was likely a red coachwhip (Coluber flagellum piceus). These beautiful, fast snakes are one of the most cryptic snakes in Ojai.

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THE GREEN VALLEY PROJECT

By on December 22, 2020 in News with 0 Comments
THE GREEN VALLEY PROJECT

The Green Valley Project (GVP) is an environmental initiative led by The C.R.E.W. in partnership with Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, Once Upon a Watershed, Pax Environmental, and Watershed Progressive.The GVP plans to restore ecosystems in the Ojai Valley over the next 20 years, so they can provide habitat for abundant wildlife and improve Ojai’s resilience to drought, fire, and climate change. Principal funding comes from a generous multi-year grant from the Cotyledon Fund, a private donor-advised fund. The partners are also committed to raising support from community donors, and state and local grants.

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2020 FISCAL YEAR* ANNUAL REPORT

By on December 22, 2020 in News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
2020 FISCAL YEAR* ANNUAL REPORT

* FY 2020: October 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020  In 2019, the OVLC Board chose a new auditor in its efforts to further improve internal controls after the unfortunate embezzlement in 2019. As we had hoped, that firm was extraordinarily detailed in the preparation of our Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 audit, which took until […]

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Restoration / December ’20 OJAI MEADOWS PRESERVE SOUTH CHURCH FIELD

By on December 22, 2020 in Featured, News, Newsletter
Restoration / December ’20 OJAI MEADOWS PRESERVE SOUTH CHURCH FIELD

OVLC field crew has been hard at work controlling weeds. One area in particular that has changed dramatically in the last year is what the OVLC calls the South Church Field at the Ojai Meadows Preserve.

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Stewardship / December ’20

By on December 22, 2020 in Featured, News, Newsletter
Stewardship / December ’20

In March, with the Allan Jacobs Bridge nearly complete, it was time to plan our next projects for our volunteer trail program. We decided to turn our attention to the three trails the OVLC adopts from the Los Padres National Forest: lower Gridley Trail, lower Pratt Trail, and Foothill Trail. With this goal in mind, […]

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FROM THE DIRECTOR / December ’20

By on December 22, 2020 in Featured, News, Newsletter
FROM THE DIRECTOR / December ’20

It has been said that the only constant is change, and like our society at large, 2020 has been a year of change at OVLC. In addition to the staff changes detailed on page 4 of this newsletter, the organization has a newly streamlined mission statement, a new July 1 fiscal year, and a new […]

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OVLC TRAIL MANAGEMENT

By on December 17, 2020 in News
OVLC TRAIL MANAGEMENT

The OVLC’s mission is to protect and restore the open space, wildlife habitat, watersheds, and views of the Ojai Valley for current and future generations. Due to a number of factors, many land trusts do not allow public access on their lands. One significant factor concerns the fact that recreational trails can impair habitat values […]

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Construction of the Rice Canyon Canal Bridge: A Photographic Chronology

By on August 20, 2020 in News
Construction of the Rice Canyon Canal Bridge: A Photographic Chronology

We have worked hard over the last two and a half years to ensure the Rice Canyon Canal Bridge, which crosses over the Robles Diversion Canal, would be reborn from the ashes once again after it burned in the Thomas Fire in 2017. However, unlike its last two predecessors that were constructed of wood, the […]

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Raffle Prizes Mountainfilm on Tour 2020

By on August 17, 2020 in Events, Featured, News
Raffle Prizes       Mountainfilm on Tour 2020

Thank you for coming to Mountainfilm!

Preorder Food & Save the date: Mountainfilm 2020 September 18-20.

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Food & Beer Menu Mountainfilm on Tour 2020

By on August 17, 2020 in Events, Featured, News
Food & Beer Menu        Mountainfilm on Tour 2020

Thank you for coming to Mountainfilm!

Preorder Food & Save the date: Mountainfilm 2020 September 18-20.

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Virtual Mountainfilm on Tour 2020

By on August 17, 2020 in Events, Featured, News
Virtual Mountainfilm on Tour 2020

This event has ended. Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets. We hope you enjoyed the show. Stay tuned! Mountainfilm on tour might be coming back to Ojai sooner than expected. Mountainfilm on Tour is virtual this year! September 18-20, 2020 Get ready for a night of fun, food, family, raffle prizes, and adventure inspired […]

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OVLC Store

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OVLC Store

We’re proud to offer the highest quality, most unique merchandise on the market today. From our family to yours, we put lots of love and careful attention in each item. We hope you enjoy our work as much as we enjoy bringing it to you.

All purchases support OVLC’s mission to restore and protect the open spaces, wildlife habitat, watersheds and views of the Ojai Valley for current and future generations.

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Let’s Talk Trash

By on July 14, 2020 in News with 0 Comments
Let’s Talk Trash

We’ve tried different tactics to mitigate the trash issue including closing trash bins at trailheads, removing the trash bins all together, and asking users to pack out their own trash. From comments we’ve seen online there seems to be a misconception of what it means to pack it in, pack it out. Learn about how you can do your part to keep the preserves clean.

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Rice Canyon Canal Bridge is complete, but we need your help to pay for it

By on April 29, 2020 in Featured, News
Rice Canyon Canal Bridge is complete, but we need your help to pay for it

The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally come to fruition. The Rice Canyon Canal Bridge is officially complete! The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, in partnership with the Casitas Municipal Water District and Bureau of Reclamation, has worked hard over the last two and a half years to ensure the Rice Canyon Canal Bridge, […]

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From the Field / June ’20

By on July 27, 2020 in News with 0 Comments
From the Field / June ’20

Used baby diapers, empty beer cans, human feces, and punctured flotation devices have no place on the preserves. Similarly, the OVLC is very conscientious in where it places trails, trying to minimize the environmental impact of our presence in nature, yet every day we find new trails down to the river. At this time in […]

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What’s In Bloom? Spring ’20

By on July 27, 2020 in News with 0 Comments
What’s In Bloom?           Spring ’20

Hummingbird Sage (Salvia spathacea) Woolly Bluecurls (Trichostema lanatum) This evergreen shrub looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss book, but it’s one of our favorites! The next time you’re out hiking on the backcountry trails of the Ventura River Preserve treat your nose to the wonderful scents of woolly bluecurls. You’ll smell hints of […]

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Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs 2021

Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs 2021

Snake season is all-year-round in Ojai! The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy is hosting a rattlesnake avoidance training clinic for dogs so you can take your dog outdoors with peace of mind.

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