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CREATURE FEATURE: February 2022

By on March 29, 2022 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
CREATURE FEATURE: February 2022

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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MANZANITA WINTER POLLEN

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

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 DIRECTOR / February 2022

By on February 28, 2022 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
FROM THE DIRECTOR / February 2022

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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CREATURE FEATURE

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

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

By on November 23, 2021 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
VOLUNTEER PROFILE: STUART NIEBEL — OVLC DOCENT

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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TRAMPLE TRAILS: HELP US PROTECT THESE LANDS FOR YOU

By on November 16, 2021 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
TRAMPLE TRAILS: HELP US PROTECT THESE LANDS FOR YOU

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

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

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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FROM THE DIRECTOR / NOVEMBER 2021

By on November 3, 2021 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
FROM THE DIRECTOR / NOVEMBER 2021

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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2020 FISCAL YEAR* ANNUAL REPORT

By on December 22, 2020 in News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
2020 FISCAL YEAR* ANNUAL REPORT

* 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

By on December 22, 2020 in Featured, News, Newsletter
Restoration / December ’20 OJAI MEADOWS PRESERVE SOUTH CHURCH FIELD

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

By on December 22, 2020 in Featured, News, Newsletter
Stewardship / December ’20

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

By on December 22, 2020 in Featured, News, Newsletter
FROM THE DIRECTOR / December ’20

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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From the Field / June ’20

By on July 27, 2020 in News with 0 Comments
From the Field / June ’20

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

By on July 27, 2020 in News with 0 Comments
What’s In Bloom?           Spring ’20

Hummingbird Sage (Salvia spathacea) Unlike other sages, it’s the only native sage with reddish-pink flowers, and instead of behaving like a shrub, it grows from rhizomes and forms dense colonies that provide wonderful ground cover in areas like Wills Canyon. Woolly Bluecurls (Trichostema lanatum) This evergreen shrub looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss […]

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From the Field / February ’20

By on March 4, 2020 in News with 0 Comments
From the Field / February ’20

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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From the Director / June ’20

By on June 8, 2020 in Featured, News, Newsletter with 0 Comments
From the Director / June ’20

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

By on March 4, 2020 in News with 0 Comments
From the Director / February ’20

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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Thank you and we wish you the best, Natalie!

Thank you and we wish you the best, Natalie!

For the last two years, the OVLC has had the honor of counting Natalie Everton as a member of the field crew. While she will be leaving the OVLC to start her next adventure, she has certainly left her mark on the preserves. We will truly miss this wonderful woman, from her wealth of knowledge […]

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Improved Hiking Access through Forest Service Partnership

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

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

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Cleaning up the Ventura River

Cleaning up the Ventura River

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

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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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