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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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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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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THE SEED COLLECTOR

THE SEED COLLECTOR

By on November 11, 2021 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

There are many lessons learned when the days are spent with plant and animal folk—a literacy of some ancient hum that this unseasoned human must learn. On the fall day before rain this early October—unbeknownst to me—the acorns were ready.

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WELCOME NEW STAFF MEMBERS / NOVEMBER 2021

WELCOME NEW STAFF MEMBERS / NOVEMBER 2021

By on November 9, 2021 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

Our OVLC family is growing! We’re excited to announce three new staff members: Vivon Crawford, Adam Morrison, and Lisa Nix.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR / NOVEMBER 2021

FROM THE DIRECTOR / NOVEMBER 2021

By on November 3, 2021 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

Local conservation organizations like OVLC struggle with how to address the global phenomenon of climate change. What can a small group do to ameliorate threats that affect the very things that we are trying to save but are governed by global scale factors? The discussion can focus on mitigation versus adaptation and resilience. Mitigation comes in the form of investing in forests and other natural systems that effectively store carbon for hundreds of years. Adaptation and resilience measures seek to protect and enhance the local ecosystems in response to anticipated changes. Sometimes, the best approach is both.

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Fall Native Plant Sale 2021

Fall Native Plant Sale 2021

By on October 15, 2021 in Events, Featured, News with 0 Comments

This year’s Fall Native Plant Sale is being hosted in-person on October 30 from 9am to 12pm 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 collected from the preserves 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!

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UNDER THE OPEN SKY – PADDLE RAISE

UNDER THE OPEN SKY – PADDLE RAISE

By on September 27, 2021 in Events with 0 Comments

Thank you for attending our Mountainfilm on Tour and Under the Open Sky at the Ventura River Steelhead Preserve. Friday night’s paddle raise was wildly successful and we are incredibly grateful for your support. If you didn’t have a chance to donate during the paddle raise, you can help us continue to protect and restore the lands we all love by using the donate box below:

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Temporary Forest Closure & What This Means For OVLC Adopted Trails

Temporary Forest Closure & What This Means For OVLC Adopted Trails

By on September 1, 2021 in News with 0 Comments

Forest Service trails adopted by OVLC will be closed effective 8/31/21 at 11:59 p.m. More than 6,800 wildfires have burned a total of 1.7 million acres across all jurisdictions in California, and the National Wildfire Preparedness Level (PL) has been at PL5 since July 14, 2021; only the third time in the past 20 years […]

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VOLUNTEER PROFILE

VOLUNTEER PROFILE

By on August 10, 2021 in News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

Dave Fleischman started volunteering for OVLC two years ago. Today, he has increased his volunteer involvement with the organization by taking on maintenance of volunteer tools and becoming a volunteer trail crew leader. OVLC Land Steward, Linda Wilkin, sat down with Dave to talk about his time working on trails and volunteering with OVLC. Here’s what Dave had to say:

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WELCOME NEW BOARD MEMBERS

WELCOME NEW BOARD MEMBERS

By on August 3, 2021 in News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

OVLC welcomes new board members Fiona Hutton and Cari Shore!

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OAK RESTORATION AT THE OJAI MEADOWS PRESERVE

OAK RESTORATION AT THE OJAI MEADOWS PRESERVE

By on July 28, 2021 in News with 0 Comments

On June 20 and 21, OVLC hired The C.R.E.W. to remove 7 non-native trees at the Ojai Meadows Preserve as part of a greater conservation effort to restore oak woodlands and savannas in the Ojai Valley.

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JESSE GRANTHAM: FAREWELL TO AN OJAI LEGEND & AVIAN EXPERT

JESSE GRANTHAM: FAREWELL TO AN OJAI LEGEND & AVIAN EXPERT

By on July 27, 2021 in News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

Former Board member and dedicated OVLC volunteer Jesse Grantham and his wife Trina have moved to North Carolina to be closer to their grandchildren. Longtime Ojai residents and OVLC supporters know Jesse as the local authority on all things avian. Perry Van Houten wrote a lovely and fitting tribute to Jessie in the Ojai Valley News on April 23, 2021.

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CREATURE FEATURE / JULY 2021

CREATURE FEATURE / JULY 2021

By on July 22, 2021 in News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

OVLC has recently received some new tenants on its Ventura River Preserve. Coyotes (Canis latrans) have been seen displaying territorial behavior near some parts of the river due to a nearby den. Coyotes mate between January and March, and females usually give birth to 4-7 pups after a gestation period of 58-65 days.

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RESTORATION / JULY 2021

RESTORATION / JULY 2021

By on July 20, 2021 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

OVLC Restoration Field Crew has recently gained a new member, Sophie McLean, to help out with field tasks and nursery management. She has a degree in Plant Biology and is excited to exchange her knowledge with OVLC Nursery Manager, Ron Singer.

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NURSERY INTERNS

NURSERY INTERNS

By on July 16, 2021 in News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

You may have noticed some new voices on our social media the last few weeks. Thanks in-part to a generous grant from the Rotary Club of Ojai, we have two interns from Nordhoff High School: Alessandra (Ally) Lucchesi and Corallyn Moss. They will be assisting OVLC Nursery Manager, Ron Singer, in growing and caring for the thousands of plants that the OVLC uses annually in restoration projects.

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MEET LINDA WILKIN: OVLC LAND STEWARD

MEET LINDA WILKIN: OVLC LAND STEWARD

By on July 14, 2021 in News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

We are excited to formally introduce Linda, OVLC’s new Land Steward and botanist extraordinaire! Linda’s love for plants has given her a breadth of experience in farming, habitat restoration, and nursery work. These days, she is putting her experience and passion toward protecting OVLC’s open spaces. For the last eleven months, Linda has been out in the field engaging with preserve users, dealing with fires at the Ojai Meadows Preserve, fixing kiosks and trail signage, and more recently leading volunteer events.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR / JULY 2021

FROM THE DIRECTOR / JULY 2021

By on July 12, 2021 in News, Newsletter with 0 Comments

Between the year and a half of pandemic-constrained life and California’s extreme drought, one could be excused for suffering from a grim outlook. However, we at OVLC see reasons to have optimism beyond the slowly abating (at least locally) pandemic.

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Trail User Etiquette

Trail User Etiquette

By on May 19, 2021 in News with 0 Comments

Due to an increasing interest in outdoor recreation, OVLC trails are receiving more traffic than ever before. OVLC trails are primarily multi-use trails, open to equestrians, mountain bikers, and hikers/runners. Please be courteous to other users, share the trail, and follow these guidelines when you are using OVLC trails:

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Why Oak Trees?

Why Oak Trees?

By on May 12, 2021 in Featured, News with 0 Comments

Every year OVLC plants hundreds of oak trees. These oak trees help the Ojai Valley become resilient to a changing climate. The oaks we plant today start off small and fragile, but with time they will become majestic towering oaks that define Ojai’s landscapes. Restoring our lands back to oak woodlands has a myriad of benefits for our […]

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Aggressive Coyotes on OVLC Preserves

Aggressive Coyotes on OVLC Preserves

By on April 30, 2021 in News with 0 Comments

We have received multiple reports of coyotes acting extremely aggressive toward users in the vicinity of the Old Baldwin Road Trailhead and the lower Ventura River Preserve trails. In both incidents, hikers had large dogs with them and the coyotes aggressively and persistently threatened them

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