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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 this past Saturday (May 13, 2017) with Jesse Grantham. We saw 38 different species of birds!

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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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Krishnamurti Foundation of America Announces the Opening of the Ojai Saddle Trails in Partnership with the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy

Krishnamurti Foundation of America Announces the Opening of the Ojai Saddle Trails in Partnership with the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy and the Krishnamurti Foundation of America are proud to announce a partnership to provide formal public access on private land adjacent to the Ojai Meadows Preserve through a trail easement.

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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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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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Celebrate National Trails Day

Celebrate National Trails Day

In celebration of National Trails Day®, OVLC is hosting free guided hikes and nature walks on three of our preserves this Saturday, June 4.

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Free Guided Bird Walk

By on April 12, 2016 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments
Free Guided Bird Walk

Join bird expert Jesse Grantham for a very special birding tour on May 7th, 2016 from 8:30-10 a.m. Meet at the Ojai Meadows Preserve

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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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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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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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Guided Nature Hike and Restoration Tour

By on November 10, 2015 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments
Guided Nature Hike and Restoration Tour

Saturday November 21, 2015
8:00 – 11:00 AM

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) is hosting a guided hike at the Ventura River Preserve on Saturday November 21, at 8:00 AM. The hike will focus on current OVLC restoration projects and the birds and plants that call the preserve home. Led by OVLC docent and Certified California Naturalist John Pavelko with special guest guide Art Vander, resident plant expert.

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Winter Migration Bird Walk

By on November 10, 2015 in Around Our Valley, Events, Featured with 0 Comments
Winter Migration Bird Walk

Saturday December 12, 2015
Ojai Meadows Preserve
With Jesse Grantham

Join Jesse Grantham for a birding tour of the Ojai Meadows Preserve on Saturday morning December 12at 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 who just stop by for a rest on their way somewhere else.

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Mountainfilm on Tour Success

By on September 30, 2015 in Around Our Valley, Featured, News with 0 Comments
Mountainfilm on Tour Success

Update: The 2016 Date has been set! Stay tuned for more details and ticket sales this summer. Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour – Ojai Valley Land Conservancy Friday, September 23, 2016 5pm – 10pm A big thank you to everyone who came out on Friday to our Telluride Mountainfilm Festival event at Ojai Valley School. We […]

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National Trails Day 2015

By on June 12, 2015 in Around Our Valley, News with 2 Comments
National Trails Day 2015

In celebration of 2015 National Trails Day the OVLC led hikes for the public in each of the preserves. It was a day of beautiful views, exciting wildlife sightings, and all together good times. To get a feel of what National Trails Day was like on the OVLC lead hikes, watch this video of the Ilvento Preserve […]

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All About Ojai: Urban Carnivores

By on May 7, 2015 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments
All About Ojai: Urban Carnivores

Update 7/79/15: Thank you to Jenny Fitzgerald who gave a fantastic talk about mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains a few weeks ago for our All About Ojai series. For those of you that wanted more information on the Liberty Canyon puma crossing project, here is a short film about it: ALL ABOUT OJAI: Environmental […]

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Rocks, Roots & Weather

By on May 7, 2015 in Around Our Valley, Events with 1 Comment
Rocks, Roots & Weather

Works by Patty Van Dyke Twenty percent of the sales from this show will go the OVLC with deep appreciation. Red Brick Gallery 315 E. Main St., Ventura, CA 93001 May 19 – July 28 Anne Lamott says there are really only three prayers – “Please, please, please,” “Thank you, “ and “Wow!” This series […]

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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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National Trails Day

By on May 4, 2015 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments
National Trails Day

Saturday, June 6th, 2015 There will be guided hikes at five our or preserves. Check back for details soon.

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Bird Walk Checklist

Bird Walk Checklist

We had a fabulous bird walk at the Ojai Meadows Preserve this past Saturday with Jesse Grantham. Here is the list of the birds we saw, as a few photographs of the highlights thanks to Mike! 35 species total 5 Turkey Vulture 1 Cooper’s Hawk 1 Eurasian Collared-Dove 10 Mourning Dove 1 Greater Roadrunner 3 […]

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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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OVLC Restoration Volunteer Highlights

OVLC Restoration Volunteer Highlights

The OVLC has been fortunate to have a number of locals volunteering at our preserves. A regular volunteer group at both the Ojai Meadows Preserve and the Ventura River Steelhead Preserve is Once Upon a Watershed. Once Upon a Watershed is an outdoor education program that provides hands-on watershed education, restoration, and stewardship to 4th, […]

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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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Spring Native Plant Sale

By on March 13, 2015 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments
Spring Native Plant Sale

APRIL 18, 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. The plant sale will be at our Ojai Meadows Preserve Native Plant Nursery on Besant Road. Use Lomita entrance to the Ojai Meadows Preserve. […]

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Earth Day at Oak Grove School

By on March 13, 2015 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments
Earth Day at Oak Grove School

Earth Day 2015 It’s Our Turn to Lead Ojai’s Official Earth Day Event Saturday, April 18, 2015 11:00AM – 4:00PM Oak Grove School 220 West Lomita • Ojai, California In celebration of sustainable living, global awareness, and the joy of nature, four Ojai-based organizations team up to host this once-a-year free community event – Food […]

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Ojai Valley Grange Revival Celebration

By on March 13, 2015 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments
Ojai Valley Grange Revival Celebration

Saturday, March 21 – 5:30 PM Ojai Grange Hall 381 Cruzero Ojai, CA 93023 Join the OVLC at the Ojai Grange Revival Celebration. We will have a table there along with other Ojai non-profits. Guest speakers Severine Fleming and Harvey Smith begin at 5:30. Scratch Food Truck will provide food and the contra dance begins at […]

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Jane Shanahan at Ojai Community Bank

By on January 31, 2015 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments
Jane Shanahan at Ojai Community Bank

Ojai Artist in the Lobby at Ojai Community Bank – Jane Shanahan February 9th – March 27th Artist’s Reception Wednesday, March 18 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. A portion of all proceeds from this show will be donated to the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy.   Jane was born in Manhattan Beach, California. While watching her mother paint […]

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Rick Bisaccia Named Stewardship Director

By on December 18, 2014 in Around Our Valley, Featured, News, Press with 0 Comments
Rick Bisaccia Named Stewardship Director

In recognition of the importance of land management to the preserves managed by the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC), the OVLC has created the new senior-level position of Stewardship Director. The Stewardship Director oversees all preserve management activity and develops projects that improve the quality of outdoor experiences enjoyed by our preserve visitors. The OVLC […]

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Native American Heritage Commission Meeting Notice

By on November 26, 2014 in Around Our Valley with 0 Comments

The Native American Heritage Commission will hold a public meeting on Monday December 1, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM.  The meeting will be held in the conference room at the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, 370 W. Baldwin Road, Bldg A4 Ojai CA.

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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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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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Western Tracking Institute to offer Full-Day Track and Sign Class on March 15

By on February 27, 2014 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments
Western Tracking Institute to offer Full-Day Track and Sign Class on March 15

Please join the Channel Islands Tracking Team for a full-day track and sign class on Saturday, March 15th at the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s Ventura River Preserve.  The class will be taught by Barry Martin of the Western Tracking Institute.  We will meet at the Old Baldwin Road trailhead at 8:30 am (directions below) and spend most of […]

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MARCH 8-ALL ABOUT OJAI- GEOLOGY OF THE OJAI VALLEY- UCSB Professor Ed Keller

By on February 4, 2014 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments

ALL ABOUT OJAI: Environmental Learning Series Saturday March 8, 2014  10 AM to 12PM Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Avenue UCSB Geology Professor Ed Keller Geology of the Ojai Valley And the river that runs through it Register Here The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy is hosting Professor Edward Keller for a presentation on the Geology of […]

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THIS EVENT IS FULL-NO ROOM AT THE TALK OR HIKE-All About Ojai- 2 Day Program: Saturday, Feb 8:Jan Timbrook- Chumash Ethnobotany Sunday February 9- Lanny Kaufer Native Plant Walk at Valley View Preserve

By on January 6, 2014 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments

ALL ABOUT OJAI: Environmental Learning Series CHUMASH ETHNOBOTANY Plant Knowledge Among the Chumash People of Southern California   Part I SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8th 10 AM- 12 PM JAN TIMBROOK OVLC Offices 370 W Baldwin Road, Bldg. A4   Part 2 SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH, 9 AM-11 AM LANNY KAUFER VALLEY VIEW PRESERVE           […]

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ALL ABOUT OJAI – THE HUMAN ECOSYSTEM- 10 AM Jan. 11

By on December 18, 2013 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments

THE HUMAN ECOSYSTEM: OUR DISCONNECTION FROM NATURE The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy is opening its 2014 All About Ojai environmental learning series with an exploration of the human ecosystem by Dr. Lori Pye, PhD.  The presentation will take place at 10 am Saturday January 11, 2014  at the OVLC offices, 370 Baldwin Road, Bldg. A4. […]

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BIRDWALK & NATURE HIKE 8:30 AM, January 11

By on December 18, 2013 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments

Bird walk and nature hike Saturday January 11, 2014 8:30 AM   There is no better way to start 2014 than to get out and reconnect with nature.   The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy is hosting a bird walk and nature hike at the Ventura River Preserve on Saturday January 11h at 8:30 AM. The […]

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Fox Canyon Palm Project Improves Stream Habitats in Ojai

By on September 18, 2013 in Around Our Valley, News with 0 Comments

Local Partnership Improves Stream Habitats in Ojai Usually, the sound of a chain saw coming from a local creek is cause for worry. Recently, however, this sound has been associated with habitat improvements for fish and wildlife. A partnership between the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, the California Conservation Corps, and the Concerned Resource and Environmental […]

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Updated Ojai Meadows Preserve Bird Checklist

By on April 26, 2013 in Around Our Valley, News with 2 Comments
Updated Ojai Meadows Preserve Bird Checklist

Now when you go to the Ojai Meadows Preserve with your binoculars and field guide you will have a better understanding of the birds that you see. We welcome feedback on this checklist and will periodically update the list based on survey information. This particular draft was updated. Notice the small date on the front […]

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Native Plant Sale 9 AM to 12 PM Saturday October 5, 2013

By on April 15, 2013 in Around Our Valley, Events with 0 Comments

Native Plant Sale   The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy will be opening the  nursery on the Ojai Meadows Preserve for its twice yearly native plant sale.  The sale will take place at the OVLC nursery Saturday October 5 from 9 AM to 12 PM. The nursery is located on Besant Road on the left at the first curve in the […]

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Ventura River Preserve Updated Map (July 2012)

By on July 17, 2012 in Around Our Valley with 3 Comments
Ventura River Preserve Updated Map (July 2012)

 Updated Ventura River Preserve Trail Map – (July 2012)  

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Patronize OVLC Business Sponsors

By on March 1, 2012 in Around Our Valley with 0 Comments
Patronize OVLC Business Sponsors

Please thank the sponsors below for helping the Ojai Valley stay beautiful and healthy by patronizing their places of business when possible. If you would like information on becoming a business sponsor click 2013 OVLC Business Sponsorships Levels. You can become a member online today. For questions or to become a member over the phone call Darcy Gamble […]

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www.venturawatershed.org

By on January 16, 2012 in Around Our Valley with 0 Comments

www.venturawatershed.org   For everything related to the Ventura River watershed please go to the website above or contact Lorraine Walter at lorraine@ovlc.org .  You may also call OVLC at 805 649 6852 to ask for Lorraine or select the extension of the Ventura River Watershed Coordinator.

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2011 Guide to Land Protection (brochure)

By on February 8, 2011 in Around Our Valley with 2 Comments
2011 Guide to Land Protection (brochure)

2011 Guide to Land Protection– January 2011 In-depth Guide to Land Protection white paper – March 2011

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Ojai Meadows Preserve (brochure, map, and bird list)

By on December 22, 2010 in Around Our Valley with 0 Comments
Ojai Meadows Preserve (brochure, map, and bird list)

Ojai Meadows Preserve Brochure – December 2010 Meadows Preserve Bird List – Updated October 2009

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OVLC Mission Statement

By on May 7, 2010 in Around Our Valley with 0 Comments
OVLC Mission Statement

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy is a community-based nonprofit organization working with partners to permanently protect the Ojai Valley for the benefit of current and future generations.

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