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 »

News

Construction of the Rice Canyon Canal Bridge: A Photographic Chronology

By on August 20, 2020 in News
Construction of the Rice Canyon Canal Bridge: A Photographic Chronology

We have worked hard over the last two and a half years to ensure the Rice Canyon Canal Bridge, which crosses over the Robles Diversion Canal, would be reborn from the ashes once again after it burned in the Thomas Fire in 2017. However, unlike its last two predecessors that were constructed of wood, the […]

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Raffle Prizes Mountainfilm on Tour 2020

By on August 17, 2020 in Events, Featured, News
Raffle Prizes       Mountainfilm on Tour 2020

Thank you for coming to Mountainfilm!

Preorder Food & Save the date: Mountainfilm 2020 September 18-20.

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Food & Beer Menu Mountainfilm on Tour 2020

By on August 17, 2020 in Events, Featured, News
Food & Beer Menu        Mountainfilm on Tour 2020

Thank you for coming to Mountainfilm!

Preorder Food & Save the date: Mountainfilm 2020 September 18-20.

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Virtual Mountainfilm on Tour 2020

By on August 17, 2020 in Events, Featured, News
Virtual Mountainfilm on Tour 2020

This event has ended. Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets. We hope you enjoyed the show. Stay tuned! Mountainfilm on tour might be coming back to Ojai sooner than expected. Mountainfilm on Tour is virtual this year! September 18-20, 2020 Get ready for a night of fun, food, family, raffle prizes, and adventure inspired […]

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Let’s Talk Trash

By on July 14, 2020 in News with 0 Comments
Let’s Talk Trash

We’ve tried different tactics to mitigate the trash issue including closing trash bins at trailheads, removing the trash bins all together, and asking users to pack out their own trash. From comments we’ve seen online there seems to be a misconception of what it means to pack it in, pack it out. Learn about how you can do your part to keep the preserves clean.

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River Closed, Trails Open

By on July 6, 2020 in News with 0 Comments
River Closed, Trails Open

We need your help!
Overuse and misuse are threatening the lands we love. We are not here to point fingers, but to ask you to help us address these problems together:

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Rice Canyon Canal Bridge is complete, but we need your help to pay for it

By on April 29, 2020 in Featured, News
Rice Canyon Canal Bridge is complete, but we need your help to pay for it

Rebuilding the Rice Canyon Canal Bridge cost nearly $272,00, all of which the OVLC had to pay upfront from community donations. However, we knew that if we worked patiently with FEMA we would be able to recoup some of this expense, given that the bridge burned in the Thomas Fire. While this slowed down the […]

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From the Field / June ’20

By on July 27, 2020 in News with 0 Comments
From the Field / June ’20

Used baby diapers, empty beer cans, human feces, and punctured flotation devices have no place on the preserves. Similarly, the OVLC is very conscientious in where it places trails, trying to minimize the environmental impact of our presence in nature, yet every day we find new trails down to the river. At this time in […]

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What’s In Bloom? Spring ’20

By on July 27, 2020 in News with 0 Comments
What’s In Bloom?           Spring ’20

Hummingbird Sage (Salvia spathacea) Woolly Bluecurls (Trichostema lanatum) This evergreen shrub looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss book, but it’s one of our favorites! The next time you’re out hiking on the backcountry trails of the Ventura River Preserve treat your nose to the wonderful scents of woolly bluecurls. You’ll smell hints of […]

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Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs

Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs

Rattlesnake Avoidance for Dogs
August 8 & 9, 8 am–5 pm
Sign up now!

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Spring Native Plant Sale

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

Native Plant Sale
Moved Online
Shop now!

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Hike and Picnic with OVLC Stewardship Director

By on February 26, 2020 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Hike and Picnic with OVLC Stewardship Director

Stewardship Director Hike & Picnic
Postponed

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2020 California Naturalist Course

By on December 9, 2019 in Events, News with 7 Comments
2020 California Naturalist Course

Cal Nat 2020
Registration is Full » Join the waitlist

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Please Welcome Our New Executive Director!

By on September 5, 2019 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
Please Welcome Our New Executive Director!

The staff and Board of the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) are excited to introduce Tom Maloney as our new Executive Director. His background in Economics and Resources Management and Administration, along with 25 years of conservation experience, make him the ideal candidate to lead the OVLC. “We are fortunate that Tom will be joining […]

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Women In the Wild

By on February 27, 2020 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Women In the Wild

Women in the Wild
Saturday, March 7
Ojai, California

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From the Field / February ’20

By on March 4, 2020 in News with 0 Comments
From the Field / February ’20

Here at the OVLC rain is a very exciting event—it kicks off the start to planting season for our field crew! We are out and about on all of the preserves, but we are especially proud of our plantings along San Antonio Creek, where native plants have successfully replaced invasive arundo, and at the old […]

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Firestick Pottery Holiday Show

By on August 16, 2019 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Firestick Pottery Holiday Show

Firestick Pottery Holiday Show
Sunday, December 15
10 am – 6 pm

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Native Plants Talk

Native Plants Talk

Native Plants for Your Garden
Sunday, November 3
11 am–12 pm
Flora Gardens

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MOB SHOP MOVIE NIGHT 2019

By on July 25, 2019 in Around Our Valley, Events, Featured, News with 0 Comments
MOB SHOP MOVIE NIGHT 2019

MOB SHOP Movie Night
Saturday, August 31
Doors open at 7:00 pm, Films start at 7:30 pm

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From the Director / June ’20

By on June 8, 2020 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
From the Director / June ’20

At the OVLC, we think about community, because quite candidly we couldn’t be here without the support of our generous community. OVLC preserves are the places where the community comes to rejuvenate, exercise, or simply reflect. While COVID-19 has altered how we gather, with physical distancing in place and community and volunteer events on hold, […]

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From the Director / February ’20

By on March 4, 2020 in News with 0 Comments
From the Director / February ’20

Ojai is an extraordinary place filled with remarkable people in an amazing natural setting. It seems that the valley exerts a persistent pull on anyone who has spent any time here. In addition to these distinctive qualities, increasingly the Ojai Valley faces many challenges all too familiar to communities throughout California and the West.  Perhaps […]

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Member Celebration

Member Celebration

Member Celebration
June 22 from 5-8 pm
Ventura River Steelhead Preserve

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All About Ojai – Tales of the Condor

By on May 27, 2019 in All About Ojai, Events, News with 0 Comments
All About Ojai – Tales of the Condor

Tales of the Condor
June 8 at 10 am
OVLC office

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OVLC Trail 101

By on February 5, 2019 in Around Our Valley, Events, News with 0 Comments
OVLC Trail 101

Guided Hikes Around the Valley
June 18
CANCELED

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Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs 2019

By on April 9, 2019 in Around Our Valley, Events, Featured, News with 0 Comments
Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs 2019

Rattlesnake Avoidance for Dogs
June 1 & 2, 8 am–4 pm
SOLD OUT!

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Film Line Up

By on August 28, 2019 in News with 0 Comments
Film Line Up

Under the Open Sky Friday, September 20 Broken Jon Wilson lost a leg to cancer at 23. He found joy some years later by developing a solitary routine of skinning and climbing up a ski mountain on his remaining leg, at night, and skiing back down. Wilson wrote and narrates this tone poem about perseverance […]

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Brian Stark Has Left The Building

By on May 17, 2019 in News with 1 Comment
Brian Stark Has Left The Building

Brain Stark, Executive Director and employee of 9 years, leaves the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy.

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Tania Parker Named Deputy Director of the OVLC

By on May 6, 2019 in Around Our Valley, Featured, News with 0 Comments
Tania Parker Named Deputy Director of the OVLC

In recognition of her critical role in the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s growth and success, the OVLC has named Tania Parker as Deputy Director. Tania Parker has been with the OVLC for over 5 years, and in that time she’s made a sizable impact on our fundraising and community outreach programs, including doubling our membership […]

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From the Field

From the Field

It has been another busy season for the field crew! This three-person team installed a recording breaking number of plants this season. While the final count has yet to be tallied, the number is in the thousands. The primary focus for restoration this season was the 36-acre orange grove project on the Ventura River Preserve […]

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Hike and Picnic with OVLC Stewardship Director

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

Stewardship Director Hike & Picnic
Saturday, March 30
8:30 am- 1 pm
Ventura River Preserve

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Women In the Wild Events

By on December 13, 2018 in Events, News with 2 Comments
Women In the Wild Events

Women in the Wild Weekend
March 9
Ojai, California

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We are your local land trust, and we want to hear from you!

We are your local land trust, and we want to hear from you!

Brendan Taylor, OVLC Stewardship Director, is in the process of creating a 5-year plan for the stewardship of the preserves. We recently sat down with him to learn more about this plan, and why feedback from the community is so important. Q: Why are you embarking on a 5-year plan for the preserves? A: A […]

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Kathy’s Commitment

By on May 16, 2019 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
Kathy’s Commitment

Kathy Bennett loves to look out her window at the mountains that the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) has protected forever. She is “paralyzed by the beauty of it all,” and has included the OVLC in her estate planning because “she wants to make sure that it is there for future generations.” While Kathy loves […]

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Comments on Pending Criminal Case

By on August 1, 2019 in News

August 19, 2019: Many of you have already read the articles that were recently published in the Ojai Valley News and Ventura County Star which reported that the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) was a victim of theft. The Ventura County District Attorney has filed 14 counts of grand theft and forgery against our former […]

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Full Moon Hike

By on May 2, 2019 in All About Ojai, Events, Featured, News with 4 Comments
Full Moon Hike

Full Moon Hike
Saturday, May 18 at 7 pm
Valley View Preserve

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Welcome, Baby Juniper!

By on May 16, 2019 in News with 0 Comments
Welcome, Baby Juniper!

Please join us in congratulating Jill Lashly (OVLC Conservation Director) and her husband Evan on the birth of their beautiful daughter Juniper Jean Lashly. We are so excited to have a new member join the OVLC family. Here’s to the next generation of conservationists! Click here to make a gift in honor or in memory […]

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Congratulations, Xena!

Congratulations, Xena!

As the weather gets warmer, Xena wants to remind everyone that the ground can get very hot for paws. She recommends getting out on the trail early in the morning or in the evening, or investing in some shoes for your furry friends. Otherwise, you might end up carrying them on the trail. Photo: Xena […]

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Annual Fire Clearance

By on May 16, 2019 in News with 0 Comments
Annual Fire Clearance

On May 20, the OVLC will begin routine fire clearance on parts of our preserves that border structures or roads. Thanks to a grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), this work will be completed by the local Concerned Resources and Environmental Workers (the CREW) and an additional contractor. They […]

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Thank you and we wish you the best, Natalie!

Thank you and we wish you the best, Natalie!

For the last two years, the OVLC has had the honor of counting Natalie Everton as a member of the field crew. While she will be leaving the OVLC to start her next adventure, she has certainly left her mark on the preserves. We will truly miss this wonderful woman, from her wealth of knowledge […]

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Community Survey

By on May 9, 2019 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

Create your own user feedback survey

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Benefit Concert

Benefit Concert

Benefit Concert with Grammy Winning Artist: Peter Kater
Friday, May 17 at 7 pm
Private Address

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All About Ojai: Springtime Bird Walk with Jesse Grantham

By on April 8, 2019 in Events, News, Ojai Meadows Preserve with 0 Comments
All About Ojai: Springtime Bird Walk with Jesse Grantham

All About Ojai: Bird Walk with Jesse Grantham
Saturday, May 11 at 8:30 am
Ojai Meadows Preserve

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All About Ojai: Herb Walk with Lanny Kaufer

By on December 4, 2017 in All About Ojai, Events, News with 0 Comments
All About Ojai: Herb Walk with Lanny Kaufer

All About Ojai: Herb Walk with Lanny Kaufer
Saturday, April 13
9:30 am—12 pm
Ojai Meadows Preserve

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Native Plants for your Garden with OVLC Nursery Manager

By on October 17, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Native Plants for your Garden with OVLC Nursery Manager

Native Plants for Your Garden
Sunday, April 7
11 am–12 pm
Flora Gardens

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Green Beers!

By on March 5, 2019 in Around Our Valley, Events, News with 0 Comments
Green Beers!

Green Beers with Topa Topa Brewing Co & California Solar Electric
Monday, March 18. 5:30-7 pm
Topa Topa Ojai

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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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Planting on the Preserves

By on February 25, 2019 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
Planting on the Preserves

A huge thank you to Ojai West and International Rotary for the donation of 100 5-gallon coast live oaks that are being planted at the Ventura River Preserve. The oak circle in the photo, and many others, were re-planted in December a year after burning in the Thomas Fire. In addition, 35 OVLC supporters grew […]

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In Defense of the Trees

By on February 25, 2019 in Around Our Valley, Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
In Defense of the Trees

Invasive Beetle in Ojai What do beautiful communities, rich wildlife habitats, parks, bird nests, our global climate, and tire swings all have in common? They all depend on trees, a notable symbol representing a healthy environment. Much of the conservation and restoration work undertaken by the OVLC has revolved around the planting and protection of […]

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Restoration at Work

By on February 25, 2019 in Around Our Valley, Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
Restoration at Work

Some history of the Ojai Meadows Preserve At a quick glance, it is obvious that the Ojai Meadows Preserve is doing what it’s meant to—connecting people to the natural world. However, unless you remember the way Highway 33 used to flood during a rainstorm, you may not realize the important role the preserve plays in […]

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Thank You, Volunteers!

By on February 25, 2019 in Around Our Valley, Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
Thank You, Volunteers!

In the field, in the office, at events, and wherever else we need help—our amazing volunteers put in 4,214 hours last year! We are so grateful for every minute you take to help us conserve Ojai. You make it possible for us to do all that we do and we are excited for another year […]

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