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Fall Native Plant Sale

By on July 26, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Fall Native Plant Sale

Fall Native Plant Sale
October 27, 9 am–12 pm
Ojai Meadows Preserve Native Plant Nursery on Besant Road

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Community Volunteers

By on May 30, 2018 in All About Ojai, News with 0 Comments
Community Volunteers

The OVLC works to steward the land of the Ojai Valley for the benefit of the community, so when the community shows up to volunteer as stewards themselves, we feel even more inspired in our mission. Since the Thomas Fire, there has been a marked increase in community engagement with the OVLC on the preserves. […]

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Recovery and Renewal

By on May 30, 2018 in News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
Recovery and Renewal

Recovery and Renewal
The recovery of our mountains has been a wonder to witness. We present the top ten wildflowers and shrubs/trees post Thomas Fire.

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Arundo removal

By on May 18, 2018 in News
Arundo removal

For over a decade, multiple agencies and organizations have been working to remove the invasive plant, Arundo donax (Arundo), from waterways throughout the Ventura River Watershed and all through the state of California. Since this work began, over 150 acres of the plant have been removed in the Ventura River Watershed. This work continues in […]

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Pints with Purpose

By on April 11, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Pints with Purpose

Pints With Purpose at Topa Topa Brewing Co.
All Plants are Not Created Equal
June 11, 7:30–8:30 pm 

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Free Guided Hike in Wills Canyon

By on April 23, 2018 in Events, News, Ventura River Preserve with 0 Comments
Free Guided Hike in Wills Canyon

Guided Nature Hike
May 26, 9 am–1 pm
Wills Canyon, Ventura River Preserve

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Stewardship Director Annual Hike & Picnic

By on March 30, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Stewardship Director Annual Hike & Picnic

Stewardship Director Hike & Picnic
April 28, 8:30 am- 1 pm
Reservations required

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Spring Birdwalk with Jesse Grantham

By on April 11, 2018 in Events, News, Ojai Meadows Preserve with 0 Comments
Spring Birdwalk with Jesse Grantham

Bird Walk with Jesse Grantham
May 5, 8:30 – 10:30 am
Ojai Meadows Preserve

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Fire Walk With Us

By on April 3, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Fire Walk With Us

Fire Walk With Us–A Fire Ecology Workshop with Richard Halsey & Lanny Kaufer
May 5, 9 am – 3 pm
Co-hosted by the OVLC

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Mountainfilm Sponsors

By on July 20, 2018 in News with 0 Comments
Mountainfilm Sponsors

We have great benefits this year for our Mountainfilm weekend sponsors. Is your business interested in our sponsorship recognition opportunities? Download our Sponsor Levels packet here or sign up below. Thank you to our sponsors. You help make this event bigger and better every year! Interested in being an event sponsor? Or donating to the […]

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Gourmet Picnic Bags

By on July 19, 2018 in News with 0 Comments
Gourmet Picnic Bags

Order a gourmet picnic for 2 or 4 to pick it up at the event Saturday night! The picnic will include your choice of: omnivore vegetarian vegan any picnic can be made with gluten-free products We have gathered together local organic farmers, bakers, dairies, artists, and confectioners to contribute their extraordinary goods for this event, […]

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Spring Native Plant Sale

By on March 28, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Spring Native Plant Sale

Spring Native Plant Sale
April 21, 9 am – 12 pm
Ojai Meadows Preserve Native Plant Nursery on Besant Road

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Run for the Hills

By on March 28, 2018 in Events, News with 1 Comment
Run for the Hills

Run for the Hills – a benefit for the OVLC
April 15, 9 am – 1 pm
5K run organized by the Green School Collective

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Free Guided Bird & Nature Walk

By on February 26, 2018 in Events, News, Ojai Meadows Preserve with 0 Comments
Free Guided Bird & Nature Walk

Free Guided Bird & Nature Walk
Saturday, March 31 at 8:30 am
Ojai Meadows Preserve

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Free Guided Wildflower Walk

By on March 28, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Free Guided Wildflower Walk

Free Guided Wildflower Walk
April 7, 12–1:30 pm
Ojai Meadows Preserve

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Free Guided Nature Hike

By on March 28, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Free Guided Nature Hike

Free Guided Nature Hike
April 14, 9–11 am
Valley View Preserve

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Life after the Thomas Fire

By on February 26, 2018 in Around Our Valley, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
Life after the Thomas Fire

Letter from Executive Director Brian Stark
It’s been a busy two months since the Thomas Fire burned through four of our preserves…

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Restoration After the Thomas Fire

By on February 27, 2018 in News with 0 Comments
Restoration After the Thomas Fire

The native vegetation that covered the preserves before the Thomas Fire is adapted to fire—meaning many of the plants will grow back. We are already seeing shoots emerge from the base of laurel sumac, yucca, wild cucumber, and soap plant; oak trees that lost their leaves have already begun to leaf out and are now […]

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Jill Lashly Promoted to Conservation Director

By on February 27, 2018 in News with 0 Comments
Jill Lashly Promoted to Conservation Director

Jill Lashly Promoted to Conservation Director
Jill Lashly has worked at the OVLC for three years as our Restoration Program Manager—promoting habitat restoration and conservation in the Ojai Valley…

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Celebrating a Life

By on March 20, 2018 in News with 0 Comments
Celebrating a Life

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy lost a dear friend, dedicated volunteer, and conservation champion with the passing of Allan Jacobs on October 8. Allan led a life dedicated to helping others, including an extended tour with the Peace Corps in Bolivia, decades as an estate attorney, and his involvement with the Rotary Club of Ojai […]

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Leaving a Legacy

By on February 27, 2018 in News with 0 Comments
Leaving a Legacy

Jerry Gale Jones, esteemed Portland businessman, philanthropist, spiritual seeker and meditation teacher, peacefully passed away on December 29, 2016, at his home in Ojai, California.

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Matilija Dam Update

By on February 26, 2018 in All About Ojai, Events, News with 0 Comments
Matilija Dam Update

Matilija Dam Ecosystem Restoration Project
Presented by Paul Jenkin
March 10 at 10 am – OVLC office

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Herb Walk – After the Fire

By on February 12, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Herb Walk – After the Fire

HERB WALK with Lanny Kaufer
After the Fire: Making Our Landscapes More Resilient
February 17, 10 am – 3pm

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All About Ojai – Tales of the Condor

By on January 22, 2018 in All About Ojai, Events, News with 0 Comments
All About Ojai – Tales of the Condor

Tales of the Condor
Presented by Debbi Parisi and Jill Forman
February 10 at 10 am, OVLC office

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California Naturalist Certification

By on December 11, 2017 in Events, News with 0 Comments
California Naturalist Certification

California Naturalist Certification Course: April 13 – May 19, 2018

If you enjoy exploring and learning about our local ecology, engaging in citizen science, and sharing your knowledge with others, this program is for you! The 40 hour course combines a science curriculum with guest lecturers, field trips and project-based learning to explore the unique ecology and natural history of Ventura County.

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New Stewardship Director

By on January 9, 2018 in Featured, News with 4 Comments
New Stewardship Director

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy is excited to announce the arrival of our new Stewardship Director, Brendan Taylor.

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Volunteers clean melted irrigation pipe and plant hundreds of acorns

Volunteers clean melted irrigation pipe and plant hundreds of acorns

Last week, with the help of OVLC volunteers and students from the Thacher School, the OVLC cleared 27 acres of melted irrigation pipe and planted hundreds of acorns to replace the thousands of young oak trees that burned in the restoration area along Rice Creek. Katherine Holden, OVLC member and volunteer, was inspired to write […]

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Julie Tumamait-Chumash History, Culture and Plant Knowledge

By on December 4, 2017 in All About Ojai, Events, News with 0 Comments
Julie Tumamait-Chumash History, Culture and Plant Knowledge

Saturday, January 20, 2018
10:00 AM
OVLC Office
370 W. Baldwin Road Bldg. A4

All About Ojai: Julie Tumamait
The History, Culture and Plant Knowledge of the Chumash People

The Chumash were Ojai’s first inhabitants, living here for thousands of years before European explorers arrived. The livelihood of the Chumash people was based upon their subsistence upon the available natural resources – plants, animals, and fish, and their sustainable ways of utilizing these resources. They found use for almost every type of plant and animal available – for food, clothing, medicine and tools. Their environment inspired their art, their beliefs, their stories, ceremonies and songs.

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A very special native plant Herb Walk with Lanny Kaufer

By on December 4, 2017 in All About Ojai, Events, News with 0 Comments
A very special native plant Herb Walk with Lanny Kaufer

All About Ojai:
Sunday, January 21, 2018
9:30 AM -12 PM
Native Plant Guide Lanny Kaufer
Herb Walk at the Ventura River Preserve
Ojai native plant guide Lanny Kaufer has been leading “Herb Walks” in Ojai and the surrounding area for over 40 years.  Lanny has been a strong supporter of the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) for many years.  Once a year he generously offers to lead a hike as part of our All About Ojai environmental learning series.  This year he will lead a Native Plant walk on the Ventura River Preserve as a follow up to Julie Tumamait’s Chumash talk the day before.

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Jes MaHarry Trunk Show

By on November 17, 2017 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Jes MaHarry Trunk Show

Jes MaHarry Trunk Show – OVLC benefit
Saturday, December 2, 11 am – 5 pm
Jes MaHarry Flagship Store, Downtown Ojai

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California Naturalist Certification

By on November 15, 2017 in Events, News with 0 Comments
California Naturalist Certification

California Naturalist Program Open House
December 9, 2:00-3:00 pm
OVLC Office 370 W. Baldwin Road, Bldg. A4

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Charged – The Eduardo Garcia Story

By on October 23, 2017 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Charged – The Eduardo Garcia Story

Charged – The Eduardo Garcia Story
Film followed by panel discussion
November 5, 4 – 6:30 pm, Ojai Art Center

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Tales on Trails

By on October 23, 2017 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Tales on Trails

Tales on Trails presented by the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy
November 8, 6:30 – 8 pm
REI Oxnard

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2017 Mountainfilm Festival was epic!

By on October 20, 2017 in Featured, News with 0 Comments
2017 Mountainfilm Festival was epic!

Wow – what a night! Thank you to the 1,500+ people that came out to our Mountainfilm on Tour event September 23 and made our event such a success!

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Fall Native Plant Sale

Fall Native Plant Sale

Native Plant Sale
November 4, 9 am – 12 pm
Ojai Meadows Preserve Native Plant Nursery

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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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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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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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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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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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Family Wildflower Walk

By on March 15, 2017 in Events, News, Ojai Meadows Preserve with 0 Comments
Family Wildflower Walk

Family Wildflower Walk Led by Bettyanne Sessing
April 15, 11 am
Ojai Meadows Preserve

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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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Hike & Picnic with Rick Bisaccia

By on March 20, 2017 in Events, News, Notes from Rick with 0 Comments
Hike & Picnic with Rick Bisaccia

Annual Stewardship Director Hike & Picnic
Led by Rick Bisaccia
May 6, 8 am – 1 pm
Location yet to be announced!

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Wildlife Tracking Class

By on February 6, 2017 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Wildlife Tracking Class

All About Ojai: Environmental Learning Series
Wildlife Tracking Class
Saturday February 25, 8:30 am
Old Baldwin Road Trailhead, Ventura River Preserve

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Free Wildflower Walk

By on February 9, 2017 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Free Wildflower Walk

Wildflower walk led by Stuart Niebel
Saturday, March 4 at 12 pm
Ojai Meadows Preserve

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Matilija Dam Ecosystem Restoration Project

By on February 9, 2017 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Matilija Dam Ecosystem Restoration Project

Matilija Dam Ecosystem Restoration Project
Talk by Paul Jenkin
March 11, 10 am – 12 pm
OVLC Office

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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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