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 »

Tania

The Hardly Definitive Guide to the VRP Trail System Part 1

The Hardly Definitive Guide to the VRP Trail System Part 1

I’m not going to mince words here, or try to shoehorn a 68 point Scrabble word, the Ventura River Preserve is awesome.  I am a wee bit biased;  I live within 0.75, 1.5 and 2.25 miles from the three trailheads (I can hit the McDonalds with a 3 iron!)  I receive a regular income from […]

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The Psychospiritual Necessity of Wild Places

By on November 25, 2014 in All About Ojai, Events with 1 Comment
The Psychospiritual Necessity of Wild Places

All About Ojai: The Psychospiritual Necessity of Wild Places with Brian Stafford, MD, MPH Founder of Eco-Psyche-Artistry and Wilderness Is Medicine Friday, January 16 OVLC Office 370 W Baldwin Road, Bldg. A4 7:00 – 8:30 pm Participants should bring their imagination. Saturday, January 17 Riverview Trailhead at the Ventura River Preserve 9:00 – 11:00 am Participants should wear […]

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Winter Bird Walk

By on November 21, 2014 in Events with 0 Comments
Winter Bird Walk

Saturday December 6, 2014 8:30 am Ojai Meadows Preserve Join Jesse Grantham for a birding tour of the Ojai Meadows Preserve on Saturday morning December 6, at 8:30 AM. This is winter migration time so you will have a chance to learn about bird species who make their home here in the winter and those […]

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1% for Ojai Launches

By on October 31, 2014 in Featured, News, Press, What's New with 0 Comments
1% for Ojai Launches

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) manages approximately 2,000 acres for public use at a cost of $100,000 per year. Essential trail maintenance, preserve infrastructure repairs (such as fencing and signage), regular preserve patrols, and cleaning up graffiti are just some of the preserve management needs associated with this cost. And, with each new preserve […]

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Brian Stark Named OVLC Executive Director

By on October 17, 2014 in Featured, News with 0 Comments
Brian Stark Named OVLC Executive Director

Brian Stark has been named the new Executive Director of the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy. Formerly the land conservancy’s Conservation Operations Director, Stark is stepping up into the Executive Director role with the departure of Greg Gamble. Gamble has accepted a fundraising position at Stanford University and will be leaving Ojai near the end of […]

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New Parking for Valley View Preserve

By on October 15, 2014 in News, Press with 0 Comments
New Parking for Valley View Preserve

Parking for Shelf Road and the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s (OVLC) Valley View Preserve is getting easier. The City of Ojai is making changes at the north end of Signal Street that will make trailhead parking at this popular spot safer, and much more user friendly. As many people know, during peak use hours it […]

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Ventura River Preserve Getting Bigger

By on September 25, 2014 in News, Press, Ventura River Preserve with 0 Comments
Ventura River Preserve Getting Bigger

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy purchased a critical 29 acre property adjacent to the Ventura River Preserve this week. The property lies between the heavily used Oso Trailhead and Riverview Trailhead near Meiners Oaks. “This is a key part of our and our partners’ vision to create a Ventura River Parkway – a collection of […]

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All About Ojai: Introductory Wildlife Tracking

By on August 18, 2014 in Events with 0 Comments
All About Ojai: Introductory Wildlife Tracking

ALL ABOUT OJAI: Environmental Learning Series INTRODUCTORY WILDLIFE TRACKING Basics of Animal Track & Sign Identification Saturday, October 4, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM Old Baldwin Road Trailhead, Ventura River Preserve Participants should wear sturdy shoes and bring water and sun protection. Register Now » Join us for a fun and informative morning out on […]

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Luci’s Trail featured on The Cleanest Line

By on September 17, 2014 in News, Valley View Preserve with 0 Comments
Luci’s Trail featured on The Cleanest Line

OVLC trail building volunteer Craig Holloway has written a fantastic article about his time spent building Luci’s Trail on the Valley View Preserve. The article, along with some great photos, has been featured on Patagonia’s The Cleanest Line! Check out photos of the trail being built and the challenges they faced on The Cleanest Line »  

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2014 Annual Member Celebration Success!

By on September 19, 2014 in Around Our Valley, News, Press with 0 Comments
2014 Annual Member Celebration Success!

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s Annual Member Celebration at the Ventura River Steelhead Preserve was a great success! Over 250 members were in attendance. A big THANK YOU to all the volunteers who worked so hard helping us the day of the event, to all the businesses who donated our fantastic raffle items, Blue Suede […]

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OVLC Summer Newsletter

By on June 30, 2014 in Newsletter with 0 Comments
OVLC Summer Newsletter

Our summer edition of the Open Spaces newsletter is in the mail. Here it is for those of you who prefer to read it online: You can check out our past newsletters here »

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Eyes on the Sky

By on June 13, 2014 in Events with 1 Comment
Eyes on the Sky

ALL ABOUT OJAI: ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING SERIES Film Screening and Drought Panel Discussion with Filmmaker Steve Nicolaides And Guests Saturday, June 28, 2014 – 10:00 AM Ojai Playhouse – Downtown Ojai Unless you are Rip Van Winkle or have had your head underground the past five years, you know there’s an ongoing drought in the Western United States. […]

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All About Ojai – Two Part Bird Series

By on May 7, 2014 in Events, Featured with 0 Comments
All About Ojai – Two Part Bird Series

May 9, 2014, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Slide Show at OVLC Offices May 10, 2014, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Ojai Meadows Preserve Bird Walk Friday Evening Photo Array – Allen Bertke from the Audubon Society Saturday Morning Jesse Grantham & Allen Bertke Bird Walk REGISTER NOW On Friday evening May 9th, Allen Bertke, Ventura Audubon […]

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Wills Canyon Birding and Nature Hike

By on April 11, 2014 in Events, Featured with 0 Comments
Wills Canyon Birding and Nature Hike

Saturday, April 26, 2014 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 Saturday April 26th 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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EarthPlay 2014 – Wishes for Our Watershed

By on April 10, 2014 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments
EarthPlay 2014 – Wishes for Our Watershed

April 19, 2014 Oak Grove School 220 West Lomita Ojai, California Ojai’s Official Earth Day Event In celebration of sustainable living, global awareness, and the joy of nature Food for Thought, Oak Grove School, Ojai Valley Green Coalition, Ojai Land Conservancy, and Once Upon a Watershed are teaming up again to host this once-a-year community […]

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Riverview Trailhead Scheduled to Close

By on April 8, 2014 in Around Our Valley, Featured, News, Press with 0 Comments
Riverview Trailhead Scheduled to Close

At the end of September, the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s 10 year easement that allows us to maintain the Ventura River Preserve’s Riverview Trailhead will expire. Many people probably don’t realize that the Riverview Trailhead on Rice Road does not sit on Ojai Valley Land Conservancy property. This land and about forty acres immediately below […]

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Native Plant Sale

By on April 2, 2014 in Events with 0 Comments
Native Plant Sale

April 19, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Nursery Manager Ron Singer will be selling some of the OVLC’s best stock of natives from our own Ojai Meadows Preserve Native Plant Nursery. Who doesn’t love the sight of a monarch butterfly in spring? Sadly, that joy is becoming more infrequent as their habitat is being eradicated. […]

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Rice Creek Returns Home after 90 Years

By on March 14, 2014 in Featured, Press with 0 Comments

Rice Creek is a seasonal tributary of the Ventura River that drains the hillsides above the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s majestic Ventura River Preserve. Hikers in Rice Canyon can see the modest creek, and know that it supports a variety of native plants and wildlife. However, the lower sections of the small Creek have seen rough times over the last 90 years since it was cut off from its natural route and held captive in a man-made ditch. In the 1920’s, the stream was diverted to make room for an orange orchard. When the stream was moved, the hydrologic and ecological connections between the Creek and the Ventura River were severed. In total, ¾ of a mile of the former stream was left dry, most of it to be completely removed.

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Rice Creek Restoration Time Lapse

By on December 19, 2013 in News with 1 Comment

In October 2013, the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, along with our team of engineers and contractors, freed Rice Creek from an artificially created diversion ditch and back into its historic native route. The project healed a severed hydrologic connection between Rice Creek and the Ventura River. The project re-wetted ¾ of a mile of historic […]

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Press Release: Rice Creek Flows Free

By on December 16, 2013 in News, Press with 0 Comments
Press Release: Rice Creek Flows Free

This winter, Rice Creek will flow along its native route for the first time in roughly 85 years. The seasonal tributary of the Ventura River is located on the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s Ventura River Preserve. Back in the 1920’s, the stream was diverted from its native route to make room for a 60-acre orange grove. […]

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