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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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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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New Stewardship Director

By on January 9, 2018 in Featured, News with 3 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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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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California Naturalist Certification

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

California Naturalist Certification Course: April 13 – May 12, 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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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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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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