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A Fond Farewell

By on August 10, 2017 in News with 0 Comments
A Fond Farewell

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy bids a fond farewell to Stewardship Director Rick Bisaccia. He has chosen to leave the conservancy and return to his successful contracting and building business, and we wish him great success. In his nearly 10-years as the OVLC’s Preserve Manager and Stewardship Director, Rick has defined what preserve management means […]

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International Ocean Film Tour!

By on July 18, 2017 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments
International Ocean Film Tour!

International Ocean Film Tour
Saturday, August 26
Chasing Coral: 3 pm Ojai Arts Center
Series of 7 short films: 7 pm MOB SHOP

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Rattlesnake Avoidance

By on June 14, 2017 in Events with 6 Comments
Rattlesnake Avoidance

Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs Clinic
2017 Event is over

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San Antonio Creek Update

By on May 15, 2017 in Around Our Valley, News with 0 Comments
San Antonio Creek Update

Since the fall of 2016, the OVLC has been removing arundo from San Antonio Creek along Creek Road. Arundo, which is native to the Indian sub-continent and looks similar to bamboo, has infested watersheds throughout southern California, including the Ventura River Watershed. Arundo crowds out plants that are native to our creeks and consumes a lot of water—see below. It also creates a major fire threat, increases flood risks, and deprives habitat for wildlife.

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Bird Walk Checklist

Bird Walk Checklist

We had a fabulous bird walk at the Ojai Meadows Preserve on Saturday, May 13, 2017 with Jesse Grantham. We saw 38 different species of birds!

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Conservation in a Changing Climate

By on May 15, 2017 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
Conservation in a Changing Climate

Most people agree that climate change is the defining environmental issue of our time. And as a result, OVLC’s mission in the Ojai Valley is more important than ever.

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MEMORIAL DAY NATURE HIKE

MEMORIAL DAY NATURE HIKE

Memorial Day Nature Hike
Led by Ojai native plant guide Lanny Kaufer
Monday, May 29 9 am – 3 pm

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Change in a Land of Extremes

By on May 10, 2017 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Change in a Land of Extremes

Change in a Land of Extremes
What we know (and don’t know) about California’s climate future
May 20, 20 3 – 5 pm

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Adopt-A-Trail

By on April 14, 2017 in Around Our Valley, Featured, News with 0 Comments
Adopt-A-Trail

Two of Ojai’s favorite trails and trailheads will now be getting the love they deserve. The OVLC recently adopted the Pratt Trailhead and the Pratt Trail up to the Foothill Trail, and the Gridley Trailhead and the Gridley Trail up to Fuelbreak Road Trail. This is in addition to previously adopted sections of the Foothill […]

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American Wigeons

By on March 20, 2017 in News, Ojai Meadows Preserve with 0 Comments
American Wigeons

American wigeons
Video and Article by David Lee

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Spring Native Plant Sale

Spring Native Plant Sale

Native Plant Sale
April 22, 9 am – 12 pm
Ojai Meadows Preserve Native Plant Nursery

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Free Guided Hike with Perry Van Houten

By on January 23, 2017 in Events, Valley View Preserve with 0 Comments
Free Guided Hike with Perry Van Houten

Free Guided Hike with Perry Van Houten
New Time: Saturday March 18
8:30 – 10:30 am
Valley View Preserve

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WAO Partner Profile: Erik Wilde

By on February 2, 2017 in Featured, Wild About Ojai with 0 Comments
WAO Partner Profile: Erik Wilde

Erik Wilde, Associate Broker
Coldwell Banker Property Shoppe, Ojai
Profile by OVLC member, Lisa Aronson

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Our volunteers have been busy!

By on February 3, 2017 in News, Volunteers with 0 Comments
Our volunteers have been busy!

Ojai Valley Land Conservancy volunteers have been busy! Here are a few of the projects they have been working on recently.

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Bird and Nature Walk

By on December 6, 2016 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Bird and Nature Walk

Free bird and nature hike with John Pavelko
Saturday January 28, 2017
8 – 10 am
Oso Trailhead, Ventura River Preserve

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Effort underway to reopen Ocean View hiking trail

By on January 17, 2017 in Around Our Valley, News with 0 Comments
Effort underway to reopen Ocean View hiking trail

Work has begun to reopen a historic hiking trail built by Ojai forest rangers more than 100 years ago. The six-mile Ocean View Trail (OVT) offers views of the backcountry, and, as its name implies, far-reaching vistas of the Santa Barbara Channel.

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Luminous Landscapes: An OVLC Benefit

By on January 20, 2017 in Events with 0 Comments
Luminous Landscapes: An OVLC Benefit

Luminous Landscapes: An OVLC Benefit
15% of sales at reception will be donated to the OVLC
Reception: Wednesday, February 15 from 5:30 – 7 pm

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Wildlife Camera Tracking Workshop

By on November 18, 2016 in All About Ojai, Events with 0 Comments
Wildlife Camera Tracking Workshop

Join Ventura wildlife biologist David Lee for a introductory workshop on using trail cameras (January 14, 2017). Topics will include how to select the right camera, camera operation and settings, where to place your camera for best results, viewing results, and how to share findings with local wildlife biologists.

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Bird Walk with Jesse Grantham

Bird Walk with Jesse Grantham

Join Jesse Grantham for a birding tour of the Ojai Meadows Preserve on Saturday morning December 3, at 8:30 am. This is winter migration time so you will learn about bird species who make their home here in the winter and those who just stop by for a rest on their way somewhere else.

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Drought Tolerant Native Plant Walk in Honor of Tomas Bostrom

By on October 26, 2016 in Events with 0 Comments
Drought Tolerant Native Plant Walk in Honor of Tomas Bostrom

Drought tolerant native plant walk in honor of renowned Ojai landscape architect Tomas Bostrom: Saturday, November 5, from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Cluff Vista Park in downtown Ojai. All proceeds will go toward any outstanding medical or memorial expenses.

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Fall Native Plant Sale

Fall Native Plant Sale

October 22, 2016, 9 am – 12 pm: 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.

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2016 Mountainfilm Festival was a smashing success!

By on October 5, 2016 in Featured, News with 0 Comments
2016 Mountainfilm Festival was a smashing success!

Wow – what a night! Thank you to the 1,000+ people that came out to our Mountainfilm on Tour event September 23 and made our event such a success!

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WAO Partner Profile: Ojai Food Taxi

By on September 14, 2016 in Featured, Wild About Ojai with 0 Comments
WAO Partner Profile: Ojai Food Taxi

Wild About Ojai partner profile: Jessica and Loretta Altman-Pollack – owners of Ojai Food Taxi. Profile written by OVLC member, Lisa Aronson.

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WAO Partner Profile: Char Man

By on September 2, 2016 in Featured, News, Wild About Ojai with 0 Comments
WAO Partner Profile: Char Man

Wild About Ojai partner profile: Chris Sutton – owner of Char Man Brand. Profile written by OVLC member, Lisa Aronson

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OVLC Earns National Accreditation!

By on August 23, 2016 in News with 0 Comments
OVLC Earns National Accreditation!

We are proud to announce that we have earned national accreditation – a mark of distinction in land conservation. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded accreditation, signifying its confidence that the OVLC’s lands will be protected forever.

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Movie Night and More at The Mob Shop!

By on July 19, 2016 in Events with 0 Comments
Movie Night and More at The Mob Shop!

Join us on Friday August 19th at The Mob Shop, for a fun night of movies under the stars. The party starts at 6:30 pm – with Topa Topa Brewing and The Ojai Vineyard pouring local beer and wine.

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Trail cameras reveal secret lives of Ojai wildlife

Trail cameras reveal secret lives of Ojai wildlife

Trail or “game” cameras allow you to take wildlife photos in remote, wild areas or your backyard 24/7 while you are at home relaxing. Learn how trail cameras can help residents, planners, and land managers reduce conflicts with urban wildlife.

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California Naturalist Graduates

By on May 4, 2016 in News with 0 Comments
California Naturalist Graduates

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy is proud to announce the first Ventura County graduating class of the California Naturalist Program! The California Naturalist training is an innovative program developed by the University of California Cooperative Extension to foster a committed corps of volunteer naturalists and citizen scientists trained and ready to take an active role in local natural resource conservation, education, and restoration.

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Rotary Club of Ojai Grant

By on April 13, 2016 in News with 0 Comments
Rotary Club of Ojai Grant

Thank you to the Rotary Club of Ojai for the $500 grant which is funding, in part, a partnership between the OVLC and Ojai TEAMS for their adopted plots at the Ojai Meadows Preserve. Work has begun and the students will care for their plots through the spring. If you see them out working on the meadow, ask them about their […]

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Find yourself without getting lost…

Find yourself without getting lost…

The OVLC is proud to accounce our new Trailfinder. Now you can see just where you are on all of your favorite OVLC and US Forest Service trails in Ojai. Check it out on your mobile device: ovlc.org/trailfinder

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Monument to the Mighty Oak

By on April 13, 2016 in News, Ventura River Preserve with 0 Comments
Monument to the Mighty Oak

Big plans are underway for oak restoration at the Ventura River Preserve. Grant funds will be used to restore 20 acres of the 41 acre project site to coast live oak savanna and woodland habitat. Planting will begin in the fall of 2016, so the oaks and companion shrubs can be nurtured by winter rains.

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Marilyn C. Noad Benefit Exhibition

By on April 13, 2016 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Marilyn C. Noad Benefit Exhibition

Please visit the Porch Gallery in Ojai between June 9 – July 3, 2016 to view Marilyn C. Noad’s current exhibition – Lunaria. Proceeds from the show and her poetry book will be donated to the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy and the Ojai Legal Defense Fund.

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Urban Coyotes

By on March 29, 2016 in Notes about Nature with 0 Comments
Urban Coyotes

Interesting article about the urban coyotes that we share our backyard with!

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1 percent adds up: Ojai Land Conservancy rakes in $43,000

By on March 16, 2016 in News, Wild About Ojai with 0 Comments
1 percent adds up: Ojai Land Conservancy rakes in $43,000

Wild About Ojai was featured in a great article by Claudia Boyd-Barrett in the Ventura County Star: March 15th, 2016.

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Ojai Meadows Preserve Bird Walk and Film

By on January 27, 2016 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments
Ojai Meadows Preserve Bird Walk and Film

Saturday March 26, 2016 at 8:30 am
Ojai Meadows Preserve
With John Pavelko

Join OVLC docent and Audubon member John Pavelko for a birding tour of the Ojai Meadows Preserve. This free event is being held in partnership with the Ventura Audubon Society. Prior to the event representatives of both organizations will be introduced and a short history of the OVLC and Meadow will be presented.

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Bioswale Ribbon Cutting

By on February 29, 2016 in Around Our Valley, News with 0 Comments
Bioswale Ribbon Cutting

Please join us for the Happy Valley Bioswale ribbon cutting!
Friday, March 4, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.
Ojai Meadows Preserve – 380 South Lomita Ave

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1% for Ojai Program Gets New Name and Look

By on February 23, 2016 in News, Wild About Ojai with 0 Comments
1% for Ojai Program Gets New Name and Look

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC)’s popular 1% for Ojai program that funds the care of local, publicly accessible, open spaces is now the “Wild About Ojai” program.

The name change reflects an effort to tie the program more firmly to the “Wild” lands that are cared for with program proceeds while recognizing how “Wild” our community is about the conservation and care for these vital community resources.

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Urban and Wildland Forests: Tree Pests and Diseases Workshop

By on January 28, 2016 in Around Our Valley, Events, News with 0 Comments
Urban and Wildland Forests: Tree Pests and Diseases Workshop

Thursday, Feb. 18, 9:00-5:00 Huntington Library in San Marino The University of California and The Huntington invite you to the Urban and Wildland Forests: Tree Pests and Disease Workshop. This workshop will provide tree care professionals, land managers, and other stakeholders whose work involves urban and wildland trees current information on common and non-native insect pests […]

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Guided Nature Hike

By on January 27, 2016 in Around Our Valley, Events with 1 Comment
Guided Nature Hike

Guided Nature Hike
Saturday February 20th, 2016.
Time and Location: 9 a.m. at Luci’s Trailhead

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) and Aqua-Flo are hosting a guided hike on Saturday February 20th, 2016.

Each year the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy hosts thousands of nature enthusiasts including hikers, equestrians, school children and community groups on its preserves. Whether a visitor, newcomer or longtime resident this is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the day with other nature lovers.

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Beetle spreads worry among Ventura County farmers

By on January 27, 2016 in News, Press with 0 Comments
Beetle spreads worry among Ventura County farmers

OVLC Stewardship Director Rick Bisaccia was featured in a great article by Claudia Boyd-Barrett in the Ventura County Star on January 15th, 2016. Learn what you can do to prevent the spread of this invasive beetle » Ojai citrus and avocado rancher Roger Essick has a lot to worry about these days. Like other citrus farmers in […]

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Help Prevent the Spread of the Polyphagous Shot Hole Beetle

By on January 27, 2016 in Around Our Valley, News with 0 Comments
Help Prevent the Spread of the Polyphagous Shot Hole Beetle

Together, we can help reduce the spread of this invasive borer and protect our native trees and beloved oaks. 1. Please do not to import firewood or mulch from outside the Valley. 2. Mulch (as finely as possible) any downed wood on your property and leave it there. 3. Wrap firewood in clear plastic sheeting and leave […]

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