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 »

The Birds of Summer

The Birds of Summer

The spring migrants are long gone and this year’s batch of fledglings are fighting for survival.  There seem to be three birds which accompany me on every hike.  Bold, beautiful and never bashful these three are the soundtrack for my perambulations. This is the first local bird beyond scrub jays and crows that I could […]

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Sierra Serenade Part Two – Lundy Canyon

Sierra Serenade Part Two – Lundy Canyon

I know, we did Lundy last year.  It deserves another visit.  Trail was virtually empty at 10am, we got the waterfall all to ourselves for a whole 20 minutes.  I think we saw at least 50 wildflower species, not counting flowering shrubs. To read more posts from the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s Nursery Manager Ron Singer, […]

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Sierra Serenade Day One – Parker Lake

Sierra Serenade Day One – Parker Lake

It’s that time of year again. As I type this it has been raining for three straight hours, and we watched lightning start a fire maybe a mile from the back porch. Don’t fret, we got off the trail just in time and then let the Clinton-era internet connection run all night to upload the […]

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Shop on Amazon – Support OVLC!

By on July 10, 2014 in News with 0 Comments
Shop on Amazon – Support OVLC!

Now you can shop and support the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy at the same time! Through the AmazonSmile Foundation a portion of all your purchases will be donated to the OVLC. Here’s what to do: Use this link and sign into AmazonSmile with your Amazon account to tell Amazon you would like to donate to the […]

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Bloom of the Month For June

Bloom of the Month For June

This is one of those underappreciated overlooked beauties.  Grows just about everywhere, usually lumped in with the other myriad random asters.  But it is especially impressive and pink this year, and I have yet to sing its praises so here goes nothin’: Oh so many names.  I first learned it as Perezia.  In Spanish it […]

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OVLC Summer Newsletter

By on June 30, 2014 in Newsletter with 0 Comments
OVLC Summer Newsletter

Our summer edition of the Open Spaces newsletter is in the mail. Here it is for those of you who prefer to read it online: You can check out our past newsletters here »

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Nursery Stowaway

Nursery Stowaway

Every winter I start a whole bunch of Lupinus albifrons with seed collected from our very own Ventura River Preserve.  It absolutely adores the rocky, sandy well aerated soils of the river bottom area.  One of the more spectacular blooms of the late winter Back to the nursery.  They germinate beautifully, like 90% success rate […]

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OJAI VALLEY LAND CONSERVANCY BUYS 160 ACRES AT AUCTION

By on June 4, 2014 in News, Press with 0 Comments
OJAI VALLEY LAND CONSERVANCY BUYS 160 ACRES AT AUCTION

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) was the successful bidder at an auction of a 160 acre parcel which is important for the Ojai Valley’s water supply.  The forested parcel in the foothills north of the Ojai Valley is remote, wild, and largely surrounded by national forest.  It is also an important catchment basin that […]

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Workday on the Ojai Meadows Preserve

Workday on the Ojai Meadows Preserve

Last week we had a planting day with Mr. Lepine’s Environmental Field Studies class from Nordhoff and Janis Duncan’s 3rd and 4th graders from Meiners Oaks Elementary, at the Ojai Meadows Preserve.  The Big Brother/Sisters and their energetic pint-sized partners worked together to add some additional color and variety to the infamous Oak Circles I featured […]

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Riverview Trailhead Scheduled to Close

By on April 8, 2014 in Around Our Valley, Featured, News, Press with 0 Comments
Riverview Trailhead Scheduled to Close

At the end of September, the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s 10 year easement that allows us to maintain the Ventura River Preserve’s Riverview Trailhead will expire. Many people probably don’t realize that the Riverview Trailhead on Rice Road does not sit on Ojai Valley Land Conservancy property. This land and about forty acres immediately below […]

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Are Euc Idding Me? – On The Ojai Valley Meadows Preserve

Are Euc Idding Me? – On The Ojai Valley Meadows Preserve

There has been quite a bit of grumbling in the local media about the rampant “destruction” being wrought upon the Ojai Meadow Preserve by the OVLC.  It is not my goal to point out how wildly underinformed some our local neighbors are.  I shall instead take the high road and show you one of the […]

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Rice Creek Returns Home after 90 Years

By on March 14, 2014 in Featured, Press with 0 Comments

Rice Creek is a seasonal tributary of the Ventura River that drains the hillsides above the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s majestic Ventura River Preserve. Hikers in Rice Canyon can see the modest creek, and know that it supports a variety of native plants and wildlife. However, the lower sections of the small Creek have seen rough times over the last 90 years since it was cut off from its natural route and held captive in a man-made ditch. In the 1920’s, the stream was diverted to make room for an orange orchard. When the stream was moved, the hydrologic and ecological connections between the Creek and the Ventura River were severed. In total, ¾ of a mile of the former stream was left dry, most of it to be completely removed.

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Ojai Meadows Preserve Restoration Update

By on March 3, 2014 in News, Ojai Meadows Preserve, Press with 0 Comments
Ojai Meadows Preserve Restoration Update

When the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) purchased the property that would become the Ojai Meadows Preserve, it was done with the shared community goals of providing relief from localized flooding, reducing storm water pollution, providing a refuge for birds and wildlife, and creating a safe public space where people could enjoy nature close to […]

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Cluff Vista Park Undergoes Maintenance

By on January 27, 2014 in News, Press with 0 Comments
Cluff Vista Park Undergoes Maintenance

Lately, Cluff Vista has been getting some love from both the City of Ojai and Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s Restoration Field Crew. The park has been pruned, cleaned, planted, and mulched. Just before Christmas Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s Field Crew planted native plants grown in their own Ojai Meadows Preserve nursery to fill in the […]

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Soil Sampling Coming Soon to the Ojai Meadows Preserve

By on January 8, 2014 in News, Ojai Meadows Preserve, Press with 0 Comments

Visitors to the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s Ojai Meadows Preserve may see an unusual sight next week. That is when a soil drilling rig will appear on the back of the preserve near the intersection of Lomita Avenue and Besant Road. The purpose of the rig is not to drill for oil or water. Rather, […]

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Rice Creek Restoration Time Lapse

By on December 19, 2013 in News with 1 Comment

In October 2013, the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, along with our team of engineers and contractors, freed Rice Creek from an artificially created diversion ditch and back into its historic native route. The project healed a severed hydrologic connection between Rice Creek and the Ventura River. The project re-wetted ¾ of a mile of historic […]

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Press Release: Rice Creek Flows Free

By on December 16, 2013 in News, Press with 0 Comments
Press Release: Rice Creek Flows Free

This winter, Rice Creek will flow along its native route for the first time in roughly 85 years. The seasonal tributary of the Ventura River is located on the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s Ventura River Preserve. Back in the 1920’s, the stream was diverted from its native route to make room for a 60-acre orange grove. […]

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Rice Creek Reroute in Ojai

Rice Creek Reroute in Ojai

Some of you may have noticed the changes afoot in and around the orange grove down at the Ventura River Preserve.  I’ve got the inside scoop from Restoration Stud Brian Stark: 1.  What were the origins of this project?  The idea really started with previous staff members like Stevie Adams, Rich Handley, and Executive Director […]

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Rice Creek Returns Home After 90 Years

By on December 6, 2013 in News, Press with 0 Comments
Rice Creek Returns Home After 90 Years

Rice Creek is a seasonal tributary of the Ventura River that drains the hillsides above the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s majestic Ventura River Preserve. Hikers in Rice Canyon can see the modest creek, and know that it supports a variety of native plants and wildlife. However, the lower sections of the small Creek have seen […]

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Meadows Restoration Update

By on October 31, 2013 in News, Ojai Meadows Preserve, Press with 0 Comments
Meadows Restoration Update

Starting this week, if you look around the Ojai Meadows Preserve, you will see that a lot of activity is underway on the open fields. This work represents the final phase of the master restoration plan prepared for the site in 2004. The open fields are currently being managed for weed control and, ultimately, their new function […]

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The Fantastic Mr. Fox

By on October 25, 2013 in News with 0 Comments
The Fantastic Mr. Fox

Anything I could conceivably write about today would pale in comparison to the coolness of these photos.  Taken on OVLC’s new Fox Canyon Trail (of course) above Shelf Road.  Thanks to the intrepid Bardsley Smith for introducing us to Urocyon cinereoargenteus: Some neat facts about the Gray Fox: It is thought to be the most […]

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Parker Joins Ojai Valley Land Conservancy

By on October 2, 2013 in News, Press with 0 Comments

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy announced the hiring of Tania Parker as their new Director of Advancement. As Advancement Director, Parker is responsible for strengthening the relationship between the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, its members, and the community as a whole. “We are very pleased to have Tania join OVLC,” said Executive Director Greg Gamble. […]

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Fox Canyon Palm Project Improves Stream Habitats in Ojai

By on September 18, 2013 in Around Our Valley, News with 0 Comments

Local Partnership Improves Stream Habitats in Ojai Usually, the sound of a chain saw coming from a local creek is cause for worry. Recently, however, this sound has been associated with habitat improvements for fish and wildlife. A partnership between the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, the California Conservation Corps, and the Concerned Resource and Environmental […]

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Local Partnership Improves Stream Habitats in Ojai

By on September 4, 2013 in News, Press with 0 Comments

Usually, the sound of a chain saw coming from a local creek is cause for concern. Recently, however, this sound has been associated with habitat improvements for fish and wildlife. A partnership between the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC), the California Conservation Corps (CCC), and the Concerned Resource and Environmental Workers (CREW) has just completed […]

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Valley View PreserveAcknowledgement Sign

By on June 27, 2013 in Featured with 0 Comments
Valley View PreserveAcknowledgement Sign

Below is the image of valley view donor thank you sign, which is way too small to read with the human eye. Almost 500 households contributed to the Valley View acquisition as compared to the 135 households listed on the acknowledgement sign for the Ventura River Preserve in 2003.  PLEASE CLICK one or two times […]

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The New Trail On The Block

By on June 7, 2013 in News with 0 Comments
The New Trail On The Block

Loving the June gloom, am I the only one who wants it to stay until September? What can I say, OVLC has been on a roll.  In the last 3 years they have opened the Kennedy Ridge trail, Old Baldwin wheelchair accesible trail, not to mention the Gridley/Fuelbreak connector trail.  Next week they will branch […]

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Updated Ojai Meadows Preserve Bird Checklist

By on April 26, 2013 in Around Our Valley, News with 2 Comments
Updated Ojai Meadows Preserve Bird Checklist

Now when you go to the Ojai Meadows Preserve with your binoculars and field guide you will have a better understanding of the birds that you see. We welcome feedback on this checklist and will periodically update the list based on survey information. This particular draft was updated. Notice the small date on the front […]

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Watch a short Valley View Preserve film!

By on March 6, 2013 in Featured with 0 Comments

The Proposed Valley View Preserve in Ojai Clicking the link above will launch a lovely 3 min film about featuring the proposed Valley View Preserve in Ojai, CA.

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Google Earth Tour of Proposed Valley View Preserve

By on March 5, 2013 in Featured with 0 Comments

Support the acquisition of this preserve today!  Click Here To Give. Click here for a 2 page PDF about the project.

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Support the Valley View Preserve!

By on January 1, 2013 in News with 2 Comments
Support the Valley View Preserve!

Support the Valley View Preserve!  The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy seeks to raise $650,000 by May 2013 to permanently protect as publicly accessible open space the largest, most visible private parcel remaining in Ojai. The proposed “Valley View Preserve” measures almost 1 mile east to west, and is roughly ½ mile deep. It is a significant part […]

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Bloom of the Month

By on September 28, 2012 in News, Notes from the Nursery Manager with 0 Comments
Bloom of the Month

Now for what you’ve all been waiting so patiently for… the bloom of the month.  Not such an easy task in September when the local color palette ranges from tan to brown to rust.  Hold on… what are those bright red things hugging the hill as you drive up 33 to Ojai?  Ah of course, […]

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New Fuelbreak Trail Map

By on September 17, 2012 in News with 0 Comments
New Fuelbreak Trail Map

Updated recently, here is a trail map so you can explore the Fuelbreak Trail that sits above the Shelf Road Trail in downtown Ojai.

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Ojai’s Meadow Lark

By on September 7, 2012 in News, Ojai Meadows Preserve with 0 Comments
Ojai’s Meadow Lark

A merry and jolly Friday to all.  Please check this weekend’s calendar if you haven’t succumbed to football induced malaise yet. Proud to have OVLC VIP Brian Stark ITH (In The House, I just made that one up).  In anticipation of Saturday’s birthday party for the Conservancy we are taking you on an insider’s tour of the […]

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Our Meadow

By on September 4, 2012 in News, Ojai Meadows Preserve with 0 Comments
Our Meadow

I recently came to the realization that after 100 posts in 7 months I’ve given a scant few sentences to the Ojai Meadow Preserve.  What can I say, I’m a Ventura River Preserve guy, with it’s miles of quiet sylvan trails and punishing ascents (and ankle deep piles of horse apples).  But in light of […]

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Ventura River Preserve Updated Map (July 2012)

By on July 17, 2012 in Around Our Valley with 3 Comments
Ventura River Preserve Updated Map (July 2012)

 Updated Ventura River Preserve Trail Map – (July 2012)  

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Endangered Bird Heard for the First Time on the Ojai Meadows Preserve

Endangered Bird Heard for the First Time on the Ojai Meadows Preserve

The southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus) is indeed a ‘rare bird’ in every sense of the word and today it was heard and confirmed for the first time on the Ojai Meadows Preserve.  Bird expert and retired US Fish and Wildlife Service employee Jesse Grantham and his friend Peter Larramendy were bird watching on […]

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Rare Venomous Snake Found at Ventura River

By on May 28, 2012 in News, Press with 0 Comments
Rare Venomous Snake Found at Ventura River

Spotted night snakes are rare in the Ojai Valley which is located at the very western edge of the spotted night snake’s habitat.  A black patch on the neck and blotches that look like a double row of spots will help identify this snake. These snakes are usually small and the eyes are unmistakable with […]

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Native Plant Blog by OVLC Nursery Manager

By on May 28, 2012 in News with 0 Comments

Check out Ron Singer’s native plant blog below.  Ron Singer manages the OVLC plant nursery and is an avid volunteer. http://ojairambler.wordpress.com/

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Make the Ojai Meadows Preserve Accessible to All

By on May 28, 2012 in News with 0 Comments

Make the Ojai Meadows Preserve Accessible to All School is winding down, but community service opportunities abound.  You or someone you know may be interested in a community service project on a section of trail on the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s Ojai Meadows Preserve adjacent to Nordhoff High School.  The section in need of work […]

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Once Upon A Watershed Makes A Difference: Ojai & Ventura Children in Grades 4 – 6 Learn About the Outdoors

Once Upon A Watershed Makes A Difference: Ojai & Ventura Children in Grades 4 – 6 Learn About the Outdoors

This week local educators David White and Heather King took Topa Topa, Oak Grove, and Summit school sixth grade students on an adventure at Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s new, not yet open to the public, Ventura River Steelhead Preserve.  At the preserve these children, through the Once Upon a Watershed (OUW) program, continued their hands […]

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Bridges…of Ventura County

By on April 12, 2012 in News with 0 Comments
Bridges…of Ventura County

There is a beautiful new bridge in town and it is NOT YET at the Ojai Meadows Preserve.  If you were one of the 100 people who attended the grand opening of the new bridge at the confluence of San Antonio Creek and the Ventura River recently then you witnesses history in the making. Story […]

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Passion Inspires Creek Realignment

By on March 1, 2012 in News with 0 Comments
Passion Inspires Creek Realignment

The Sespe Fly Fishers Club recently recognized Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard’s commitment to preservation of the environment and support for local conservation through direct action in the Ojai Valley. Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, is committed to supporting local conservation efforts. Couinard is also a fly fisherman and member of the Sespe Fly Fishers Club […]

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Celebrate 25 years – Give Today!

By on March 1, 2012 in News with 0 Comments
Celebrate 25 years – Give Today!

Jim Engel, former Executive Director, at Riverview Trailhead dedication at the Ventura River Preserve. Jim holds a sign of the river bottom circa 1929.   Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear OVLC, happy birthday to you!  In honor of 25 years of conservation in the Ojai Valley the OVLC is […]

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Patronize OVLC Business Sponsors

By on March 1, 2012 in Around Our Valley with 0 Comments
Patronize OVLC Business Sponsors

Please thank the sponsors below for helping the Ojai Valley stay beautiful and healthy by patronizing their places of business when possible. If you would like information on becoming a business sponsor click 2013 OVLC Business Sponsorships Levels. You can become a member online today. For questions or to become a member over the phone call Darcy Gamble […]

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Passion Inspires Rice Creek Realignment

By on February 29, 2012 in News, Press with 0 Comments
Passion Inspires Rice Creek Realignment

On Saturday the Sespe Fly Fishers Club recognized Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard’s commitment to preservation of the environment and support for local conservation through direct action in the Ojai Valley. Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, is committed to supporting local conservation efforts.  Couinard is also a fly fisherman and member of the Sespe Fly Fishers […]

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Trails Saved at Ventura River Preserve

By on February 8, 2012 in News with 2 Comments

Ojai – The California Conservation Corps, Camarillo Crew 22 worked with the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s Preserve Manager and volunteers to help save the Wills Canyon trail on the Ventura River Preserve from destruction. Check out the cool soil wrap technique used to stabilize this trail.

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We think eating local food is good for the Ojai Valley.

By on February 7, 2012 in News with 0 Comments

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors Proclaims: Eat Local, Buy California Grown Day WHEREAS, California has a rich heritage and is one of the world’s most prolific agricultural regions. California foods are famous for their abundance, diversity, freshness, and high quality.  Buying California-grown food helps local family farmers, California food producers, and California employees and […]

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www.venturawatershed.org

By on January 16, 2012 in Around Our Valley with 0 Comments

www.venturawatershed.org   For everything related to the Ventura River watershed please go to the website above or contact Lorraine Walter at lorraine@ovlc.org .  You may also call OVLC at 805 649 6852 to ask for Lorraine or select the extension of the Ventura River Watershed Coordinator.

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Coordinating a Watershed by OVLC’s Ventura River Watershed Coordinator, Lorraine Walter

By on January 16, 2012 in News with 0 Comments
Coordinating a Watershed by OVLC’s Ventura River Watershed Coordinator, Lorraine Walter

Blank stares. That’s what I get when I tell people I’m a watershed coordinator. The job title even stumped staff at the California Regional Water Quality Control Board this week when I called. The staff person interrogated me for several minutes about what a watershed coordinator does, and then his final question was, “Why?” It’s […]

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New Adopt-A-Meadow Program Underway

By on January 16, 2012 in News with 2 Comments
New Adopt-A-Meadow Program Underway

Girls playing at the Ojai Meadows Preserve Adopt-A-Meadow Program: At The Ojai Meadows Preserve Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be personally responsible for creating a wildflower meadow? I would tell you how great it feels, but it wouldn’t be the same as feeling it yourself. For those that would like […]

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