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 »

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Procura el Arroyo

Procura el Arroyo

By on February 3, 2023 in Events, Featured, News with 0 Comments

La organización ambientalista Ojai Valley Land Conservancy está realizando una consulta pública para identificar la visión de las comunidades con respecto a la futura eliminación de la presa Matilija y la subsecuente restauración del arroyo Matilija a su flujo original.

Reserve la fecha  de nuestros Talleres Comunitarios el 25 de febrero del 2023. La organización ambientalista Ojai Valley Land Conservancy está realizando una consulta pública para identificar la visión de las comunidades con respecto a la futura eliminación de la presa Matilija y la subsecuente restauración del arroyo Matilija a su flujo original.

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H20: Artist’s Reception & Silent Auction

H20: Artist’s Reception & Silent Auction

By on January 30, 2023 in Events, Featured, News with 0 Comments

Over the past few months, artists from the Pastel Society of the Gold Coast have been out on the preserves, connecting with nature through the art of painting. On March 4, 2023 from 5-8 pm at the Ojai Art Center the artists’ works will be exhibited and auctioned off. This is a wonderful opportunity to bring the beauty of the preserves to your home and support OVLC and artists. The paintings will be displayed until March 29, 2023

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Flood Damage Assessment: Ventura River Preserve

Flood Damage Assessment: Ventura River Preserve

By on January 18, 2023 in Featured, News, Valley View Preserve with 0 Comments

Damages to trails and infrastructure at Valley View Preserve have been completed. The following report provides a brief summary of our reconnaissance.

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Flood Damage Assessment: Valley View Preserve

Flood Damage Assessment: Valley View Preserve

By on January 18, 2023 in Featured, News, Valley View Preserve with 4 Comments

Damages to trails and infrastructure at Valley View Preserve have been completed. The following report provides a brief summary of our reconnaissance.

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All About Ojai: Diurnal Raptor Identification and Ecology

All About Ojai: Diurnal Raptor Identification and Ecology

By on January 14, 2023 in All About Ojai, Events, Featured, News with 0 Comments

On Thursday, January 26 Lizzy Chouinard will be presenting, “Diurnal Raptor Identification and Ecology: Ojai Valley Edition.” Learn the basics to identify and differentiate our local raptors with some intermediate to expert tips!

In this presentation we will learn all about the raptors of the Ojai Valley. We will cover the basics of what raptors are, how they live in our local environment, and how to identify them. This presentation will have a ton of photos, as well as time for questions and answers, and a list of resources to help support you in raptor study and identification. Saturday, January 28, Lizzy will lead a small group field trip to search out and identify raptors around the valley. This field trip will be limited to 12 participants.

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REWILD OJAI

REWILD OJAI

By on December 19, 2022 in News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

Climate change is fueling landscape-scale shifts in our wildlands— the breadth and scale of human impacts across the globe have fundamentally altered plant communities, damaged ecosystems, and fragmented habitats. Reversing these trends requires proactive efforts at all scales, including in the Ojai Valley. 

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Seek the Creek

Seek the Creek

By on December 6, 2022 in Events, Featured, News with 0 Comments

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy is conducting a community visioning process for the future removal and restoration of the Matilija Dam. This is an exciting project that will return the critical waterway of Matilija Creek to its original flow, providing much needed public open space to our region.

Join us for a community meeting on February 22, 23 or 25, where we’ll discuss potential use of the land around the Matilija Dam, as well as opportunities to provide more immediate improved access to existing open space in our region.

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CREATURE FEATURE / NOVEMBER 2022

CREATURE FEATURE / NOVEMBER 2022

By on December 6, 2022 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

WESTERN FENCE LIZARD The western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis) is one of the most common lizards found throughout the entire range of the western United States. You’ve probably spotted this species at an OVLC preserve, running across the trail or sunbathing on a rock. Often overlooked due to its prevalence in the valley, we might […]

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FALL NATIVE PLANT SALE 2022 – PLANT LIST

By on December 1, 2022 in News with 0 Comments

Need help identifying the native plants you purchased at the plant sale? View the pdf below to identify your natives.

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FAREWELL, ALE! ALESSANDRA LUCCHESI — OVLC NURSERY INTERN

FAREWELL, ALE! ALESSANDRA LUCCHESI — OVLC NURSERY INTERN

By on December 1, 2022 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

OVLC thanks Alessandra (aka Ale) for her many years of hard work in the nursery. She effervesces a love for her community and the land. There is a certain kind of lifestyle in nursery work, in which the rhythms of one’s life sync to that of nature. It is a lifestyle that requires patience, and a kind of passion that transcends the classic summer internship. Ale embodied this completely.

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RESTORATION / NOVEMBER 2022

RESTORATION / NOVEMBER 2022

By on November 29, 2022 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

In recognition of her critical role in the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s growth and success, Vivon Crawford has been named Restoration Program Director. We welcomed Vivon as Restoration Program Manager just over a year ago in August 2021. During her time as Restoration Program Manager, Vivon reignited our restoration programs, developed new initiatives, and oversaw staff growth. In just one year, Vivon has secured $1 million in grant funding for climate resilience. Funded projects include the removal of giant reed (Arundo donax) from the Ventura River Watershed, a continuation of oak woodland restoration at the Ojai Meadows Preserve and Ventura River Preserve, and upgrading our nursery to meet the growing needs for native plants in the Ojai Valley. 

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STEWARDSHIP / NOVEMBER 2022 

STEWARDSHIP / NOVEMBER 2022 

By on November 26, 2022 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

Well-versed volunteers have been invaluable at Valley View Preserve over the past few months. A substantial amount of work has been underway on the network of trails at the preserve, and all of this incredible work has been made possible thanks to our Volunteer Crew Leaders. Earlier this year, Volunteer Crew Leaders led our trail reroutes on Luci’s Trail, and are spearheading projects on Foothill Trail. 

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FROM THE DIRECTOR / NOVEMBER 2022

FROM THE DIRECTOR / NOVEMBER 2022

By on November 22, 2022 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

Having spent my professional career in conservation nonprofits, I was deeply moved and encouraged by the Chouinard family’s recent decision to dedicate nearly all of their wealth from Patagonia to conservation and climate advocacy. The stunning news broke in September that the family was giving their company shares to two separate entities: the Patagonia Purpose Trust and the Holdfast Collective. Together, this represents a truly unprecedented commitment to the company’s mission of being in “business to save our home planet.” 

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2022 FISCAL YEAR ANNUAL REPORT

2022 FISCAL YEAR ANNUAL REPORT

By on November 22, 2022 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

Fiscal year 2022 (July 2021-June 2022) proved to be an eventful year for OVLC that can best be summarized as building our resilience at an organizational and community level. Thanks to our generous supporters, OVLC has been able to grow our programs and conservation aspirations for the Ojai Valley. The fading of the Covid pandemic has provided opportunities to start getting together again. We see the few events of last year as being prologue to a much more active schedule moving ahead.

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NURSERY UPGRADES

NURSERY UPGRADES

By on November 21, 2022 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

OVLC is expanding and upgrading its Native Plant Nursery at the Ojai Meadows Preserve. Built in 2007 to support restoration efforts at the Ojai Meadows Preserve, the nursery was originally intended to be temporary. However, over the past 15 years the number of OVLC restoration projects and community plant sales have increased. The need for native plants as a means to restore our local ecosystems in the face of climate change is greater now than ever before.

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SUMMER FUN FOR INTERNS!

SUMMER FUN FOR INTERNS!

By on November 18, 2022 in News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

This summer, OVLC had four interns from two different programs working in our Restoration Program alongside our Field Crew! Lauren and Ruby, our interns from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Watershed Stewards Program (an AmeriCorps program) are both early career biologists in the Santa Barbara/Ventura region. Eric and Rosemary were our interns from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Eric is a graduate student at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Rosemary is an undergraduate in geography as part of the Mantell Student Mentorship in Environmental JusticeOur rockstar interns spent the summer hiking on OVLC trails performing plant surveys, conducting field monitoring, processing native seeds, helping with our Rewild Ojai nursery expansion, and of course, weeding, watering, and mulching!

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Native Plant Month

Native Plant Month

By on October 31, 2022 in Events, Featured, News with 0 Comments

This November, OVLC is celebrating Native Plant Month to highlight the vital role native plants play in our local ecosystems and community. The Ojai Valley is currently experiencing landscape-scale shifts in our oak woodlands, chaparral, riparian, and agricultural lands. While climate change is a global issue, climate resilience requires a local strategy; and restoring ecosystem functions of native habitats will support the system’s ability to rebound from these extreme climate events.
Join us this month for any and all of the following events as we discuss the importance of native plants and how they benefit our local ecosystems and help strengthen our community’s resilience to climate change.

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All About Ojai: Rick Ridgeway, Life Lived Wild

All About Ojai: Rick Ridgeway, Life Lived Wild

By on September 21, 2022 in All About Ojai, Events, Featured with 0 Comments

Join us Friday, October 14 from 5—9 pm at the historic Ventura River Steelhead Preserve for an evening with legendary mountaineer and author, Rick Ridgeway, as he discusses the adventures from his latest book Life Lived Wild.

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OJAI SADDLE TRAILS / JUNE 2022

OJAI SADDLE TRAILS / JUNE 2022

By on July 29, 2022 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

Starting in 2017, OVLC has managed the Ojai Saddle Trails which are located on Krishnamurti Foundation of America (KFA) lands, just south of OVLC’s Ojai Meadows Preserve. This partnership has been widely celebrated as a boon for the valley: providing the public with access to additional open space and improved access to the Ojai Meadows Preserve. The KFA allowed public access to a critical trail connection between the Ojai Meadows Preserve and the Ojai Valley Bike Path, and through a beautiful oak woodland at the top of the saddle. In exchange, OVLC was able to provide its wealth of land management experience, care for the trails, perform fire clearance work, and manage use on the land. 

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CALOCHORTUS ALBUS — FAIRY LANTERN

CALOCHORTUS ALBUS — FAIRY LANTERN

By on July 27, 2022 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

Sometimes we who walk on two feet forget that the ground beneath us is as alive as we are. It is indeed an expansive land, and when the temperature and water is just right, glad expressions of bulbs below show us the soil’s library. This year I got to witness Calochortus albus, with given names of globe lily or fairy lantern, come to life. In mid-spring, Calochortus albus dripped beneath oak woodland’s dappled light. The flower itself is unlike its gleaming Calochortus sisters (mariposa lily and late-flowered mariposa lily). Shy—a glowing white—the petals twist in three to hold the developing stamen and pistil. They hold close and blush towards the ground. 

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FROM THE FIELD / JUNE 2022

FROM THE FIELD / JUNE 2022

By on July 25, 2022 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

Holy cow! There are cattle on the Venture River Preserve! No – they aren’t supposed to be there; rather they should be next door on Los Padres National Forest (LPNF) lands

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VOLUNTEER PROFILE / JUNE 2022

VOLUNTEER PROFILE / JUNE 2022

By on July 22, 2022 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

Anthony Avildsen started volunteering in the midst of Covid. Over the past year and a half, he has logged more than 160 hours of volunteer work and recently became one of our Volunteer Trail Crew Leads. We are proud to highlight Anthony’s contributions to the OVLC, in an interview he had with Land Steward, Linda Wilkin

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CREATURE FEATURE / JUNE 2022

CREATURE FEATURE / JUNE 2022

By on July 18, 2022 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

This spring, we received several reports of western pond turtle (Actinemys marmorata) sightings on the trails at the Ventura River Preserve. While western pond turtles are typically found in a variety of freshwater resources, they also rely on suitable terrestrial habitat to search for food, find a mate, lay their eggs, and find a better place to live. The western pond turtle spends upwards of 200 days out of water, and recent studies have even found that they can live out of water for almost 400 days. This is a remarkable feat, but troubling when considering that the western pond turtle is fasting when out of water. This is due to the fact that the western pond turtle must ingest its prey in water because it cannot swallow air. As the climate changes, and prolonged drought coupled with rising temperatures becomes the norm, western pond turtle populations in Ojai are likely to decline.

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National Trails Day® 2022

National Trails Day® 2022

By on July 14, 2022 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

National Trails Day was a success! This year 55 volunteers joined OVLC on National Trails Day in partnership with the American
Hiking Society. Our volunteers worked on five different projects, and clocked in 179 hours of work for the day! We are incredibly
grateful for the support of the community and our wonderful volunteers. We intend to protect and restore the open space of
the Ojai Valley forever, and this goal is only made possible with the support of the community. Thank you!

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Mountainfilm on Tour 2022 Virtual Auction & Raffle

Mountainfilm on Tour 2022 Virtual Auction & Raffle

By on July 12, 2022 in News with 0 Comments

In conjunction with Mountainfilm on Tour, we are hosting a virtual auction that closes on Monday, September 19 at 10 am. The auction is open to the public (no Mountainfilm on Tour ticket purchase required) and features a six-night stay at a 15th-century Tuscan hilltop house, a tour of the Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve led by OVLC’s Executive Director, Tom Maloney, a tour of the world-renowned Turtle Conservancy, a Fletcher Chouinard Designs surfboard and a whole lot more!

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WELCOME NEW STAFF MEMBERS / JUNE 2022

WELCOME NEW STAFF MEMBERS / JUNE 2022

By on July 11, 2022 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

Join us as we welcome new OVLC staff members Christine Gau and Jonathan LaPearl.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR / JUNE 2022

FROM THE DIRECTOR / JUNE 2022

By on July 7, 2022 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 1 Comment

There is a long-standing undercurrent of tension between long-time residents, newcomers, and visitors in Ojai. As a newcomer myself (my wife and I moved to Ojai over two years ago), I have perceived the “oh, you’re a newcomer” perspective. The exurban migration that has occurred over the last several years in Ojai, and other beautiful rural places, has noticeably exacerbated these tensions. As is often the case, these issues often flare up on social media much more forcefully than they ever would in person.

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Mountainfilm on Tour 2022

Mountainfilm on Tour 2022

By on June 14, 2022 in Events, Featured, News

Join us for our 8th annual Mountainfilm on Tour on Saturday, September 17, or make it a weekend and also join us for Under the Open Sky, a special farm-to-table dinner on Friday, September 16

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A Benefit Concert for OVLC

A Benefit Concert for OVLC

By on April 21, 2022 in Events, Featured, News

Greatful Shred, a benefit concert for the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy is coming to Ojai this summer. Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31 mark your calendars and prepare to rock out at the Libbey Bowl to the vibes of the Dead. Tickets go on sale April 22, 2022. Save the date and stay amped!

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Grateful Shred Info

Grateful Shred Info

By on June 6, 2022 in Events, Featured, News

Greatful Shred, a benefit concert for the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy is coming to Ojai this summer. Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31 mark your calendars and prepare to rock out at the Libbey Bowl to the vibes of the Dead. Tickets go on sale April 22, 2022. Save the date and stay amped!

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National Trails Day: 30th Anniversary

National Trails Day: 30th Anniversary

By on May 17, 2022 in Events, Featured, News, Volunteers with 0 Comments

Saturday, June 4, 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day! In celebration, OVLC is hosting a number of volunteer opportunities including good old trail maintenance, trail cleanup, and some trail restoration work too. Projects will run 9am-12pm and range from easily accessible and not physically demanding to requiring a […]

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Art in Nature’s Wonderland

Art in Nature’s Wonderland

By on March 31, 2022 in Events, Featured, News with 2 Comments

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy and Ojai Studio Artists invite you to experience Art in Nature’s Wonderland. Come and enjoy dinner, cocktails, art installations, silent auction, raffle, handcrafted party favors, and the music of Amanda McBroom, Alan Thornhill and Laura Walters. Be surprised and amazed by the art hidden in nature as you wander through the preserve and dance under the stars

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Stewardship Hike with Brendan Taylor

Stewardship Hike with Brendan Taylor

By on March 31, 2022 in Events, Featured, News with 0 Comments

Take advantage of this opportunity to hike with our Director of Field Programs, Brendan Taylor. The hike will be roughly 5.5 miles long and includes hiking a trail that is in the works to become an official OVLC trail in the near future. On this hike, Brendan will discuss the planning process that goes into making a trail official, along with answering any questions you might have about land management, stewardship, and preserve use. All you need to bring is your curiosity, water, hiking shoes, and sunscreen.

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Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs 2022

Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs 2022

By on March 30, 2022 in Events, Featured with 0 Comments

Snake season is all-year-round in Ojai! The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy is hosting a rattlesnake avoidance training clinic for dogs so you can take your dog outdoors with peace of mind.

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Herpetofauna of the Ojai Valley

Herpetofauna of the Ojai Valley

By on March 29, 2022 in All About Ojai, Events

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy and the Turtle Conservancy are offering a field trip to introduce participants to the reptiles and amphibians of the Valley. Dr. Chris Evelyn, from the Vertebrate Zoology Museum at UC Santa Barbara, will lead this introduction to the frogs, salamanders, lizards, snakes, and turtles of the Valley. This trip is a mix of presentation and field exploration.

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Fall Native Plant Sale 2022

Fall Native Plant Sale 2022

By on November 8, 2022 in Events, Featured, News with 0 Comments

Inspired by Native Plant Month? Come to our Fall Native Plant Sale and buy plants for your yard!
We will be selling some of our favorite drought-tolerant plants and a variety of wildflower seeds for you to grow at home in your garden. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to bring the beauty of the preserves to your yard. By joining our Rewild Ojai effort you are helping increase biodiversity and strengthening our community’s resilience to climate change. We look forwarding to seeing you at the sale!

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Spring Native Plant Sale 2022

Spring Native Plant Sale 2022

By on March 29, 2022 in Events, Featured, News with 1 Comment

This year’s Spring Native Plant Sale is being hosted in person on April 23 from 9 am to 12 pm at our Ojai Meadows Preserve Native Plant Nursery. We will be selling some of our favorite drought tolerant plants and a variety of wildflower seeds for you to grow at home in your garden. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to bring the beauty of the preserves to your yard. We look forwarding to seeing you there!

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CREATURE FEATURE: February 2022

CREATURE FEATURE: February 2022

By on March 29, 2022 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

A member of the flycatcher family, the Cassin’s kingbird (Tyrannus vociferans) feeds primarily on flying insects! They can often be spotted perched atop trees or on wires looking over open spaces in search of their next meal.

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Special Use Permit

Special Use Permit

Want to use an OVLC Preserve for special use like a photography shoot, leading a guided hike, or teaching a class? Apply today for a Special Use Permit

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GREEN VALLEY PROJECT — STUDENTS HELP WITH RESTORATION AT THE OJAI MEADOWS PRESERVE

GREEN VALLEY PROJECT — STUDENTS HELP WITH RESTORATION AT THE OJAI MEADOWS PRESERVE

By on March 22, 2022 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

Thanks to support from the Green Valley Project, OVLC has hosted several hands-on habitat restoration events at the Ojai Meadows Preserve with environmental science students from Nordhoff High School.

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MANZANITA WINTER POLLEN

MANZANITA WINTER POLLEN

By on March 15, 2022 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

Look closely at the decisions they make, as the careful branches twist among paths—unseen made known. The orange branches and peeling bark tell a tale millions of years old

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FROM THE FIELD / FEBRUARY 2022

FROM THE FIELD / FEBRUARY 2022

By on March 8, 2022 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

Back in July 2021, the OVLC removed several non-native red gum trees (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) from the Ojai Meadows Preserves. We also removed a Peruvian pepper tree (Schinus molle), a Chinese pistache (Pistacia chinensis), and a Mexican fan palm (Washingtonia robusta). We made the difficult decision to remove these non-native trees as part of a larger effort to restore the preserve and help make our community more resilient in the long term.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR / February 2022

FROM THE DIRECTOR / February 2022

By on February 28, 2022 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of E.O. Wilson on December 26, 2021 at the ripe old age of 92 years. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to interact with Ed occasionally over the years.

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PRESERVING PARKWAY: NEW LAND ACQUISITION OF 28 ACRES

PRESERVING PARKWAY: NEW LAND ACQUISITION OF 28 ACRES

By on February 25, 2022 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

This past November, the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) joined in partnership with The Trust for Public Land (TPL) to announce the acquisition of 28 acres located just upstream from the confluence of the Ventura River and Cañada Larga Creek. The property, officially named the Parkway Preserve, will protect and restore critical wildlife habitat along the Ventura River, provide opportunities to mitigate stormwater flooding, and provide neighboring communities with increased access to open space along the Ventura River.

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CREATURE FEATURE

CREATURE FEATURE

By on November 30, 2021 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

Beep! Beep! You might know the greater roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) from the classic Looney Tunes cartoon and how the character Road Runner always seems to run faster than Wile E. Coyote; but this isn’t the case in real life. In fact, coyotes can run up to 43 miles per hour, while the greater roadrunner clocks in at a top speed of 26 miles per hour.

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VOLUNTEER PROFILE: STUART NIEBEL — OVLC DOCENT

VOLUNTEER PROFILE: STUART NIEBEL — OVLC DOCENT

By on November 23, 2021 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

Stuart Niebel has been an Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) docent since 2012, and has led dozens of tours on our preserves, including guiding hundreds of local school children. We hope you will consider becoming a docent too. Don’t worry if you think you don’t have the knowledge base – Stuart has created extensive docent manuals for the Valley View Preserve, Ventura River Preserve, and Ojai Meadows Preserve! We are proud to highlight Stuart’s contributions to the OVLC, in an interview he had with Land Steward, Linda Wilkin.

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NEW BENCHES AT THE VENTURA RIVER PRESERVE

NEW BENCHES AT THE VENTURA RIVER PRESERVE

If you have visited the Ventura River Preserve in the last couple months, you may have noticed some new and enticing places to sit. Specifically, some fine, hand-crafted redwood benches. We’re at long last replacing benches lost in the Thomas Fire and installing new memorial benches too.

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New Acquisition: Parkway Preserve

New Acquisition: Parkway Preserve

By on November 18, 2021 in News with 1 Comment

The Trust for Public Land and the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy announced today the protection of 28 acres adjacent to the Ventura River, preserving critical wildlife habitat and land for outdoor recreational use for the community of Ventura.

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2021 FISCAL YEAR* ANNUAL REPORT

2021 FISCAL YEAR* ANNUAL REPORT

By on November 18, 2021 in News with 0 Comments

June 30, 2021 marked the end of our first full fiscal year since we changed our fiscal year to start in July. OVLC also restructured our accounting and simplified our chart of accounts. As a result, the staff and board have a deeper understanding of the role that each program plays in OVLC’s financial condition. In particular, these changes provide comprehensive insights into the costs of stewarding the preserves, and help OVLC plan for new acquisitions and budget for preserve improvements.

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TRAMPLE TRAILS: HELP US PROTECT THESE LANDS FOR YOU

TRAMPLE TRAILS: HELP US PROTECT THESE LANDS FOR YOU

By on November 16, 2021 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

There are more and more unsanctioned trample trails popping up all over OVLC preserves, and they are a problem. Some of these trails (like the trample trail pictured to the right) are clearly there because trail users just have to know what is around the bend. You are not a cat. Do not let curiosity overwhelm your faculties. In this regard, we want to assure you, OVLC is not hiding a secret oasis or Garden of Eden. If there is a beautiful spot or stellar vista, we already guide you there!

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