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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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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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California Naturalist Certification

By on December 6, 2016 in Events, News with 0 Comments
California Naturalist Certification

California Naturalist training program
March 31 – May 6, 2017
This course is a combination of classroom work and field training.

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Rock the Glass

By on November 14, 2016 in Events, News with 2 Comments
Rock the Glass

Rock the Glass Party for the OVLC Tuesday, November 29 5:30 – 7:30 pm Porch Gallery 310 E. Matilija Ave A Rocks (or Old Fashioned) Glass featuring photographer Heather Stobo’s digitally rendered photograph of an Ojai Oak Tree shot at the Ojai Meadows Preserve. The glasses come paired with a recipe courtesy of Sam, the […]

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CALIFORNIA NATURALIST OPEN HOUSE

By on November 10, 2016 in Events, News with 0 Comments
CALIFORNIA NATURALIST OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, December 3,  2:00-3:00pm OVLC  Office 370 w. Baldwin Road, Bldg. A4 The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) is hosting an Open House featuring the California Naturalist Certification Program that will be offered in Spring 2017. The Open House will be held from 2:00 to 3:00 PM at the OVLC Offices, 370 W. Baldwin Road- […]

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The Chumash in the Ojai Valley

By on September 7, 2016 in All About Ojai, Events, News with 0 Comments
The Chumash in the Ojai Valley

Join us for a fascinating exploration of Chumash life though artifacts, art and stories presented by Julie Tumamait at 10 am Saturday November 12.

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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: 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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The Buzz About Bees

By on June 8, 2016 in Events, Featured, News with 0 Comments
The Buzz About Bees

Please join us on July 30th, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for an informative lecture by Dr. Ruben Alarcon: The Buzz About Bees – Conserving and Protecting Our Pollinators

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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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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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Annual OVLC Herb Walk with Lanny Kaufer

By on March 29, 2016 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Annual OVLC Herb Walk with Lanny Kaufer

Join us on Monday April 25, 2016 for a native plant hike led by Lanny Kaufer

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Annual Native Plant Sale

By on March 28, 2016 in Events, News, Notes from the Nursery Manager with 2 Comments
Annual Native Plant Sale

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. April 23, 2016 9 a.m – 12 p.m. The plant sale will be at our Ojai Meadows Preserve Native Plant Nursery on Besant Road. Use Lomita entrance to the Ojai Meadows […]

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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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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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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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Non-Commercial Orchard Removal Aims to Protect Commercial Groves and Reduce Fire Risks

By on October 7, 2015 in News, Press with 0 Comments
Non-Commercial Orchard Removal Aims to Protect Commercial Groves and Reduce Fire Risks

A project to remove several thousand orange trees at the Ventura River Preserve will address community threats caused by the mix of live and dead orange trees in the historic orchard, and make way for the re-establishment of native oak savanna and woodland habitats. Beginning on October 12, the tree removal will be done mechanically […]

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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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Ojai Valley Land Conservancy Seeks National Accreditation

By on September 5, 2015 in News with 0 Comments
Ojai Valley Land Conservancy Seeks National Accreditation

The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) is pleased to announce it is currently applying for accreditation. A public comment period is now open. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of […]

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Why the oak circle?

By on July 1, 2015 in News with 0 Comments
Why the oak circle?

Why the oak circle? Anyone that has been out to see our oak plantings on the Ojai Meadows Preserve and the Ventura River Preserve may have noticed a familiar planting pattern; that circular zone  planted with oaks and shrubs.  We call them oak nodes, or oak circles. We’ve had a few questions on the theory […]

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All About Ojai: Watershed Film Screening

By on June 26, 2015 in All About Ojai, Events, Featured, News with 0 Comments
All About Ojai: Watershed Film Screening

ALL ABOUT OJAI: Environmental Learning Series Saturday, July 11, 2015 10 am – 12 pm OVLC Office 370 W. Baldwin Rd. Ojai Bldg. A4 Film Presentation and Panel Discussion WATERSHED: Exploring a New Water Ethic for a New West On Saturday July 11 at 10 AM the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy will be screening the film WATERSHED. Executive […]

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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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Last Section of the Fuelbreak Road Trail Protected Forever

By on April 21, 2015 in News, Valley View Preserve with 0 Comments
Last Section of the Fuelbreak Road Trail Protected Forever

Ojai’s front country trails got another “leg up” this month with a donated easement to the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) for the final section of OVLC’s Fuelbreak Road Trail. Most of the popular trail had been put into a trail easement in the late 1990’s—connecting the U.S. Forest Service’s Fuelbreak Road and Gridley Trail. […]

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Adopt-a-Trail Agreement Signed

By on April 21, 2015 in News, Valley View Preserve with 0 Comments
Adopt-a-Trail Agreement Signed

With the ink barely dry on a new Adopt-a-Trail agreement for parts of the Foothill Trail, volunteers got busy recently doing needed maintenance. When the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) purchased what is now the Valley View Preserve two years ago it came with the promise of reopening the historic trail. That work was accomplished […]

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Stewardship Director Annual Hike & Picnic

By on April 13, 2015 in Events, Featured, News with 0 Comments
Stewardship Director Annual Hike & Picnic

APRIL 25, 2015   9:00 AM -12 PM Hike and Picnic at the Ilvento Preserve with Stewardship Director Rick Bisaccia Once a year the OVLC offers a guided walk on its Ilvento Preserve, and this year it takes place on April 25, from 9 AM to 12 noon. OVLC Preserve Manager Rick Bisaccia will lead a […]

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Love Them, Leash Them, and Help Save the Birds

By on February 5, 2015 in News, Ojai Meadows Preserve with 0 Comments
Love Them, Leash Them, and Help Save the Birds

As Ojai’s people welcome the new calendar year, Ojai’s birds are anticipating the upcoming nesting/migration season (February through September). In no other place is this more important than at the Ojai Meadows Preserve. This restored wetland preserve has attracted 187 species of birds, and many of them choose the meadows for nesting or as a […]

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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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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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Sowing the Seeds Part Deaux

Sowing the Seeds Part Deaux

Part Une was actually one of my first ever (2012!!).  I was so young and naive and rain wasn’t a distant hazy memory.  And I didn’t know how to insert YouTube clips.  Gotta love the 1989 hair on these fellas no? You may have noticed hulking metal behemoths crisscrossing the Ojai Meadow Preserve this week. […]

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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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