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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MEET YOUR OVLC STAFF

MEET YOUR OVLC STAFF

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

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

VOLUNTEER PROFILE

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

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

CREATURE FEATURE

By on December 22, 2020 in News with 0 Comments

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

THE GREEN VALLEY PROJECT

By on December 22, 2020 in News with 0 Comments

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

2020 FISCAL YEAR* ANNUAL REPORT

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

* 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

Restoration / December ’20 OJAI MEADOWS PRESERVE SOUTH CHURCH FIELD

By on December 22, 2020 in Featured, News, Newsletter

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

Stewardship / December ’20

By on December 22, 2020 in Featured, News, Newsletter

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

FROM THE DIRECTOR / December ’20

By on December 22, 2020 in Featured, News, Newsletter

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

OVLC TRAIL MANAGEMENT

By on December 17, 2020 in News

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

Construction of the Rice Canyon Canal Bridge: A Photographic Chronology

By on August 20, 2020 in News

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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Raffle Prizes       Mountainfilm on Tour 2020

Raffle Prizes Mountainfilm on Tour 2020

By on August 17, 2020 in Events, Featured, News

Thank you for coming to Mountainfilm!

Preorder Food & Save the date: Mountainfilm 2020 September 18-20.

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Food & Beer Menu        Mountainfilm on Tour 2020

Food & Beer Menu Mountainfilm on Tour 2020

By on August 17, 2020 in Events, Featured, News

Thank you for coming to Mountainfilm!

Preorder Food & Save the date: Mountainfilm 2020 September 18-20.

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Virtual Mountainfilm on Tour 2020

Virtual Mountainfilm on Tour 2020

By on August 17, 2020 in Events, Featured, News

This event has ended. Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets. We hope you enjoyed the show. Stay tuned! Mountainfilm on tour might be coming back to Ojai sooner than expected. Mountainfilm on Tour is virtual this year! September 18-20, 2020 Get ready for a night of fun, food, family, raffle prizes, and adventure inspired […]

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OVLC Store

OVLC Store

By on December 3, 2020 in Featured with 0 Comments

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

Let’s Talk Trash

By on July 14, 2020 in News with 0 Comments

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

River Closed, Trails Open

By on July 6, 2020 in News with 0 Comments

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

Rice Canyon Canal Bridge is complete, but we need your help to pay for it

By on April 29, 2020 in Featured, News

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

From the Field / June ’20

By on July 27, 2020 in News with 0 Comments

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

What’s In Bloom? Spring ’20

By on July 27, 2020 in News with 0 Comments

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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PAST EVENTS

By on April 3, 2019 in Events

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Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs

Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs

Rattlesnake Avoidance for Dogs
August 8 & 9, 8 am–5 pm
Sign up now!

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Spring Native Plant Sale

Spring Native Plant Sale

By on July 26, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments

Native Plant Sale
Moved Online
Shop now!

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Hike and Picnic with OVLC Stewardship Director

Hike and Picnic with OVLC Stewardship Director

By on February 26, 2020 in Events, News with 0 Comments

Stewardship Director Hike & Picnic
Postponed

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2020 California Naturalist Course

2020 California Naturalist Course

By on December 9, 2019 in Events, News with 7 Comments

Cal Nat 2020
Registration is Full » Join the waitlist

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Please Welcome Our New Executive Director!

Please Welcome Our New Executive Director!

By on September 5, 2019 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

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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Women In the Wild

Women In the Wild

By on February 27, 2020 in Events, News with 0 Comments

Women in the Wild
Saturday, March 7
Ojai, California

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All About Ojai: Winter Migration Bird Walk

All About Ojai: Winter Migration Bird Walk

Winter Migration Bird Walk with Jesse Grantham
Event is Full

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From the Field / February ’20

From the Field / February ’20

By on March 4, 2020 in News with 0 Comments

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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Firestick Pottery Holiday Show

Firestick Pottery Holiday Show

By on August 16, 2019 in Events, News with 0 Comments

Firestick Pottery Holiday Show
Sunday, December 15
10 am – 6 pm

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Native Plants Talk

Native Plants Talk

Native Plants for Your Garden
Sunday, November 3
11 am–12 pm
Flora Gardens

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MOB SHOP MOVIE NIGHT 2019

MOB SHOP MOVIE NIGHT 2019

By on July 25, 2019 in Around Our Valley, Events, Featured, News with 0 Comments

MOB SHOP Movie Night
Saturday, August 31
Doors open at 7:00 pm, Films start at 7:30 pm

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From the Director / June ’20

From the Director / June ’20

By on June 8, 2020 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

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

From the Director / February ’20

By on March 4, 2020 in News with 0 Comments

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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Donor Celebration

Donor Celebration

Member Celebration
June 22 from 5-8 pm
Ventura River Steelhead Preserve

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All About Ojai – Tales of the Condor

All About Ojai – Tales of the Condor

By on May 27, 2019 in All About Ojai, Events, News with 0 Comments

Tales of the Condor
June 8 at 10 am
OVLC office

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OVLC Trail 101

OVLC Trail 101

By on February 5, 2019 in Around Our Valley, Events, News with 0 Comments

Guided Hikes Around the Valley
June 18
CANCELED

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National Trails Day Celebration

National Trails Day Celebration

By on April 15, 2019 in Events with 0 Comments

National Trails Day Celebration
Saturday, June 1
8 am–8 pm

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Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs 2019

Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs 2019

By on April 9, 2019 in Around Our Valley, Events, Featured, News with 0 Comments

Rattlesnake Avoidance for Dogs
June 1 & 2, 8 am–4 pm
SOLD OUT!

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Film Line Up

Film Line Up

By on August 28, 2019 in News with 0 Comments

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

Brian Stark Has Left The Building

By on May 17, 2019 in News with 1 Comment

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

Tania Parker Named Deputy Director of the OVLC

By on May 6, 2019 in Around Our Valley, Featured, News with 0 Comments

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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Hike and Picnic with OVLC Stewardship Director

Hike and Picnic with OVLC Stewardship Director

By on March 30, 2018 in Events, News with 0 Comments

Stewardship Director Hike & Picnic
Saturday, March 30
8:30 am- 1 pm
Ventura River Preserve

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Women In the Wild Events

Women In the Wild Events

By on December 13, 2018 in Events, News with 2 Comments

Women in the Wild Weekend
March 9
Ojai, California

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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

Kathy’s Commitment

By on May 16, 2019 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

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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Full Moon Hike

Full Moon Hike

By on May 2, 2019 in All About Ojai, Events, Featured, News with 4 Comments

Full Moon Hike
Saturday, May 18 at 7 pm
Valley View Preserve

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Welcome, Baby Juniper!

Welcome, Baby Juniper!

By on May 16, 2019 in News with 0 Comments

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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