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 »

WELCOME NEW BOARD MEMBERS!

By on March 31, 2021 in News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
WELCOME NEW BOARD MEMBERS!

Welcome new board members!

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CREATURE FEATURE

By on March 26, 2021 in Newsletter with 0 Comments
CREATURE FEATURE

Have you noticed all of the beautiful bluebirds flying around the Ojai Meadows Preserve? The Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) is one of our local residents that we are lucky to have year-round here in Ojai.

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RESTORATION / MARCH 2021

By on March 19, 2021 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
RESTORATION / MARCH 2021

If you walk in the Ojai Meadows Preserve, you may have noticed burned areas scattered throughout the preserve. The Ventura County Fire Department believes that each of these fires was intentionally started, and is investigating further.

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STEWARDSHIP / MARCH 2021

By on March 17, 2021 in News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
STEWARDSHIP / MARCH 2021

Lately, the iconic switchbacks on the hillside with the water tank are being short cut and a new trail is forming, following the ridge Luci’s Trail meanders up.

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More Than Just Your Pretty Views

By on March 12, 2021 in News with 0 Comments
More Than Just Your Pretty Views

From almost anywhere in Ojai, you can look out at the undeveloped hillsides and know you are home. In addition to conserving Ojai’s scenic backdrop, the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s protection and restoration of land has a myriad of benefits that go beyond beauty. The diverse and rich habitats that thrive in these open spaces provide the following essential ecosystem services that increase our resilience to a changing climate.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR / MARCH 2021

By on March 11, 2021 in News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
FROM THE DIRECTOR / MARCH 2021

If you have recently driven down Santa Ana Road, you may have noticed a small herd of goats grazing the fields at OVLC’s Ventura River Steelhead Preserve.

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MEET YOUR OVLC STAFF

By on December 22, 2020 in News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
MEET YOUR OVLC STAFF

While OVLC copes with elements of the new normal of the pandemic, we are encouraged by the recent staff changes, and look forward to coming through this strange time stronger than ever. Keep your eye out for Linda, as well as our restoration crew, and if you see them out on a preserve, please feel free to introduce yourself and say hello!

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VOLUNTEER PROFILE

By on December 22, 2020 in News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
VOLUNTEER PROFILE

Over the years, the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy has had many outstanding volunteers. Rob Young is one of them. He has been instrumental in many projects throughout the preserves, yet his leadership and commitment shined even brighter in his work on the construction of the Allan Jacobs trail and bridge. We would like to thank Rob for his years of volunteering and dedication to the OVLC. Volunteers like him and countless others are instrumental to our success protecting the preserves’ open spaces and trails. Rob was generous to take some time to talk to OVLC Land Steward, Linda Wilkin, about his experience volunteering and the building of the Allan Jacobs bridge.

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CREATURE FEATURE

By on December 22, 2020 in News with 0 Comments
CREATURE FEATURE

Have you been out on the trails and seen an unidentifiable flash of pink go by? It was likely a red coachwhip (Coluber flagellum piceus). These beautiful, fast snakes are one of the most cryptic snakes in Ojai.

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THE GREEN VALLEY PROJECT

By on December 22, 2020 in News with 0 Comments
THE GREEN VALLEY PROJECT

The Green Valley Project (GVP) is an environmental initiative led by The C.R.E.W. in partnership with Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, Once Upon a Watershed, Pax Environmental, and Watershed Progressive.The GVP plans to restore ecosystems in the Ojai Valley over the next 20 years, so they can provide habitat for abundant wildlife and improve Ojai’s resilience to drought, fire, and climate change. Principal funding comes from a generous multi-year grant from the Cotyledon Fund, a private donor-advised fund. The partners are also committed to raising support from community donors, and state and local grants.

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2020 FISCAL YEAR* ANNUAL REPORT

By on December 22, 2020 in News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
2020 FISCAL YEAR* ANNUAL REPORT

* FY 2020: October 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020  In 2019, the OVLC Board chose a new auditor in its efforts to further improve internal controls after the unfortunate embezzlement in 2019. As we had hoped, that firm was extraordinarily detailed in the preparation of our Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 audit, which took until […]

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Restoration / December ’20 OJAI MEADOWS PRESERVE SOUTH CHURCH FIELD

By on December 22, 2020 in Featured, News, Newsletter
Restoration / December ’20 OJAI MEADOWS PRESERVE SOUTH CHURCH FIELD

OVLC field crew has been hard at work controlling weeds. One area in particular that has changed dramatically in the last year is what the OVLC calls the South Church Field at the Ojai Meadows Preserve.

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Stewardship / December ’20

By on December 22, 2020 in Featured, News, Newsletter
Stewardship / December ’20

In March, with the Allan Jacobs Bridge nearly complete, it was time to plan our next projects for our volunteer trail program. We decided to turn our attention to the three trails the OVLC adopts from the Los Padres National Forest: lower Gridley Trail, lower Pratt Trail, and Foothill Trail. With this goal in mind, […]

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FROM THE DIRECTOR / December ’20

By on December 22, 2020 in Featured, News, Newsletter
FROM THE DIRECTOR / December ’20

It has been said that the only constant is change, and like our society at large, 2020 has been a year of change at OVLC. In addition to the staff changes detailed on page 4 of this newsletter, the organization has a newly streamlined mission statement, a new July 1 fiscal year, and a new […]

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OVLC TRAIL MANAGEMENT

By on December 17, 2020 in News
OVLC TRAIL MANAGEMENT

The OVLC’s mission is to protect and restore the open space, wildlife habitat, watersheds, and views of the Ojai Valley for current and future generations. Due to a number of factors, many land trusts do not allow public access on their lands. One significant factor concerns the fact that recreational trails can impair habitat values […]

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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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OVLC Store

By on December 3, 2020 in Featured with 0 Comments
OVLC Store

We’re proud to offer the highest quality, most unique merchandise on the market today. From our family to yours, we put lots of love and careful attention in each item. We hope you enjoy our work as much as we enjoy bringing it to you.

All purchases support OVLC’s mission to restore and protect the open spaces, wildlife habitat, watersheds and views of the Ojai Valley for current and future generations.

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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

The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally come to fruition. The Rice Canyon Canal Bridge is officially complete! The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, in partnership with the Casitas Municipal Water District and Bureau of Reclamation, has worked hard over the last two and a half years to ensure the Rice Canyon Canal Bridge, […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Directions to the OVLC Office

By on May 29, 2019 in Press with 0 Comments

The office is located at 370 W Baldwin Rd (The Old Honor Farm), Bldg A4. After the main entrance, when you come in the gate, stay to the left and follow the signs for the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy. You will drive by the farm and the road will wrap around the old prison building. Stay to […]

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Protecting What He Loved

By on February 25, 2019 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
Protecting What He Loved

Bequest from Peter Noone Peter Kinnoch Noone embodied the down-to-earth style of the outdoor industry and is credited with shaping the development of the outdoor retail store as a commercial force, customer refuge and the forefront for the protection of wilderness. He laid the foundation for his career by skiing, climbing and fly-fishing his way […]

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The Importance of Native Gardens

By on December 10, 2018 in Featured, News, Notes about Nature with 0 Comments
The Importance of Native Gardens

In a drought-ridden state like California, it’s so important to do everything that we can to preserve water and take care of wildlife. There are many ways to do this, but one you may not think about is growing native plants in your own yard. This video from Wild Yards Project speaks to all the amazing […]

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Allan Jacobs Trail Update

Allan Jacobs Trail Update

The progress continues on building the newest OVLC trail in the Ventura River Preserve. As of October, we’ve had 108 people, both volunteers and staff, working on the Allan Jacobs Trail. So far we have created 791 feet of trail! This averages out to about 1.94 feet of trail built per person per hour. Why […]

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Farewell Marti!

By on October 24, 2018 in News with 2 Comments
Farewell Marti!

Thank you to everyone that came out to celebrate Marti and her retirement! Photos by Stephen Adams. At the end of December, the OVLC will be bidding a fond farewell and happy retirement to our long-time office manager Marti Reid. Marti joined the OVLC in November 2009, as our part-time bookkeeper, and over time assumed […]

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Thank You

By on December 27, 2018 in News with 0 Comments
Thank You

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New Signs on the Preserves

By on November 3, 2018 in Around Our Valley, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
New Signs on the Preserves

              When the Thomas Fire burned through the preserves, it cooked quite a few of our trail-junction signs and caused damage to some informational kiosks as well. The fiberglass on the trail signs warped, melted, and became a hazard to clean up. We have cleared most of the old, […]

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