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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Bird Walk Checklist

Bird Walk Checklist

We had a fabulous bird walk at the Ojai Meadows Preserve on Saturday, May 13, 2017 with Jesse Grantham. We saw 38 different species of birds!

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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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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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WAO Partner Profile: Erik Wilde

By on February 2, 2017 in Featured, Wild About Ojai with 0 Comments
WAO Partner Profile: Erik Wilde

Erik Wilde, Associate Broker
Coldwell Banker Property Shoppe, Ojai
Profile by OVLC member, Lisa Aronson

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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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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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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: Ojai Food Taxi

By on September 14, 2016 in Featured, Wild About Ojai with 0 Comments
WAO Partner Profile: Ojai Food Taxi

Wild About Ojai partner profile: Jessica and Loretta Altman-Pollack – owners of Ojai Food Taxi. Profile written by OVLC member, Lisa Aronson.

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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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Trail cameras reveal secret lives of Ojai wildlife

Trail cameras reveal secret lives of Ojai wildlife

Trail or “game” cameras allow you to take wildlife photos in remote, wild areas or your backyard 24/7 while you are at home relaxing. Learn how trail cameras can help residents, planners, and land managers reduce conflicts with urban wildlife.

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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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Urban Coyotes

By on March 29, 2016 in Notes about Nature with 0 Comments
Urban Coyotes

Interesting article about the urban coyotes that we share our backyard with!

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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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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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A is for Acorn

By on September 22, 2015 in Notes from the Nursery Manager with 2 Comments
A is for Acorn

Believe it or not it’s acorn collecting time again Collecting as many as we can for restoration projects Drought has seriously hampered acorn production in California Exudation is the sticky substance you find on damaged acorns. Leave them be. Find an oak with grass underneath for a soft landing and better chance of survival. Green […]

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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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Some Like It Hot

By on June 22, 2015 in Notes from the Nursery Manager with 0 Comments
Some Like It Hot

Others… not so much.  As the summer takes hold and the mercury climbs many of our natives decide to close up shop and hunker down until October’s first rains.  Dormancy is an important way to survive the 4-6 months of intense heat and almost total lack of water.  This includes dropping some or all of […]

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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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Desire Under the Oaks

By on May 16, 2015 in Notes from the Nursery Manager with 1 Comment
Desire Under the Oaks

One of the more frequent questions I get in my capacity as local plant nerd is what can I plant underneath my oak trees. Planting under oaks is tricky for a number of reasons. First, they are large and evergreen, thus allowing precious little sunlight to reach the ground anywhere near the trunk. Secondly, oak […]

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Bird Walk Checklist

Bird Walk Checklist

We had a fabulous bird walk at the Ojai Meadows Preserve this past Saturday with Jesse Grantham. Here is the list of the birds we saw, as a few photographs of the highlights thanks to Mike! 35 species total 5 Turkey Vulture 1 Cooper’s Hawk 1 Eurasian Collared-Dove 10 Mourning Dove 1 Greater Roadrunner 3 […]

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Kennedy Ridge or Bust

By on April 29, 2015 in Press, Ventura River Preserve with 0 Comments
Kennedy Ridge or Bust

The Kennedy Ridge Trail and OVLC Stewardship Director were featured in a great article by Ray Ford in the Santa Barbara Independent this week:   As you ascend the switchbacks leading to the top of Kennedy Ridge the whole Ojai Valley comes into view. The Topatopa Mountain escarpment provides a similar backdrop to what we […]

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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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OVLC Restoration Volunteer Highlights

OVLC Restoration Volunteer Highlights

The OVLC has been fortunate to have a number of locals volunteering at our preserves. A regular volunteer group at both the Ojai Meadows Preserve and the Ventura River Steelhead Preserve is Once Upon a Watershed. Once Upon a Watershed is an outdoor education program that provides hands-on watershed education, restoration, and stewardship to 4th, […]

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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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Beaver Tales

By on April 28, 2015 in Notes from Rick with 2 Comments
Beaver Tales

Each year the Salmonid Restoration Federation, a northern California based organization dedicated to saving salmon and steelhead and their habitat hold a five day conference with many presenters and programs. Last spring’s event was held in Santa Barbara. The presenters from one of the workshops came to Ojai to look for possible sites for restoring […]

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Snake Stories

By on April 27, 2015 in Notes from Rick with 0 Comments
Snake Stories

Although it seems that collecting reptiles is a popular thing to do these days, some fifty years ago already my boyhood friends and I growing up in Ojai were crazy about collecting snakes, turtles and lizards and were fascinated with their lives and stories. We kept our creatures in terrariums and cages, feeding and looking […]

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Improved Hiking Access through Forest Service Partnership

By on April 30, 2015 in Newsletter with 0 Comments
Improved Hiking Access through Forest Service Partnership

It’s been a good month for improved hiking access with projects put in place in partnership with the US Forest Service (USFS). The Foothill Trail adopt-a-trail agreement and the Pratt Trailhead rehab project have finally launched. Heidi Anderson, the Ojai District’s Wilderness Trails Manager and temporary duty District Ranger Yolanda Saldana worked with OVLC to […]

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OVLC Volunteer Trail Crew

By on April 27, 2015 in Notes from Rick with 0 Comments
OVLC Volunteer Trail Crew

Most agree that they love the fresh air, exercise, sense of accomplishment, fellowship and a strong desire to give something tangible to the beautiful place they call home. Who are these virtuous few? They are the OVLC Volunteer Trail Crew! As volunteer Rob Young, a retired geologist likes to say, “I really look forward to […]

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Cleaning up the Ventura River

Cleaning up the Ventura River

Pulling old dolls, smashed bicycles and discarded tires out of the river isn’t what everyone wants to do on their holiday, but for some 50 volunteers on Presidents’ Day, that’s exactly what they did; and the river was better off for it. Ojai people of all ages came together with trashcans and buckets and collected […]

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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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Dreaming of a White Ceanothus

By on February 7, 2015 in Notes from the Nursery Manager with 0 Comments
Dreaming of a White Ceanothus

Stand anywhere in the Ojai Valley and look up and to your north or west. Well, not anywhere, this won’t work from your guest bathroom, I mean outside. Notice the white patchwork covering our beloved hillsides? Now get thee to thy nearest trailhead and take a deep breath. No, not the horse manure, try a […]

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Fowl Weather Friends

Fowl Weather Friends

The Ojai Meadow Preserve is a veritable cornucopia of ecological systems, one of the most popular and dramatic being the wetlands.  Storm runoff which used to pour down the hills and flood Highway 33 is now caught in a nearly year-round pond and two vernal pools.  The pools aren’t filling yet but the pond only […]

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The Hardly Definitive Guide to the VRP Trail System Part 1

The Hardly Definitive Guide to the VRP Trail System Part 1

I’m not going to mince words here, or try to shoehorn a 68 point Scrabble word, the Ventura River Preserve is awesome.  I am a wee bit biased;  I live within 0.75, 1.5 and 2.25 miles from the three trailheads (I can hit the McDonalds with a 3 iron!)  I receive a regular income from […]

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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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Native American Heritage Commission Meeting Notice

By on November 26, 2014 in Around Our Valley with 0 Comments

The Native American Heritage Commission will hold a public meeting on Monday December 1, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM.  The meeting will be held in the conference room at the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, 370 W. Baldwin Road, Bldg A4 Ojai CA.

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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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