About the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy
Mission: The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy is a community-based non-profit organization working with partners to permanently protect the open space, natural scenic beauty, wildlife, habitat, and watershed of the Ojai Valley for current and future generations.
The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) is a nonprofit, non-governmental, land protection organization supported by private donations. We work to protect the views, trails, water, and wildlife of the Ojai Valley for current and future generations to enjoy. The OVLC protects Ojai’s open spaces and preserves the valley’s natural beauty.
In the Ojai Valley, the OVLC manages roughly 2,000 acres of open space—this is an area roughly equivalent in size to 2/3 of the City of Ojai and five times as much land in this area as is managed, for free public access, by the City of Ojai and Ventura County combined. This includes about 4.5 of the 16 miles of the Ventura River. On these lands the OVLC maintains dozens of miles of trails, guides hundreds of visitors, and hosts tens of thousands of school children, hikers, equestrians, and others each year.
The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy works to protect open space within the Ojai Valley in perpetuity for the benefit of the community. Working with willing landowners on a voluntary basis, land is either protected by its acquisition or through a land preservation agreement. It is our goal to protect an additional 2,020 acres by 2020.
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Founded in 1987, the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012. Click here to see a short film on the history of the OVLC.