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Ojai Meadows Restoration Tour

By on May 17, 2017 in Events, Ojai Meadows Preserve with 0 Comments
Ojai Meadows Restoration Tour

Ojai Meadows Restoration Tour
Ojai Meadows Preserve
Saturday, June 3 at 9 am

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San Antonio Creek Update

By on May 15, 2017 in Around Our Valley, News with 0 Comments
San Antonio Creek Update

Since the fall of 2016, the OVLC has been removing arundo from San Antonio Creek along Creek Road. Arundo, which is native to the Indian sub-continent and looks similar to bamboo, has infested watersheds throughout southern California, including the Ventura River Watershed. Arundo crowds out plants that are native to our creeks and consumes a lot of water—see below. It also creates a major fire threat, increases flood risks, and deprives habitat for wildlife.

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Matilija Dam Ecosystem Restoration Project

By on February 9, 2017 in Events, News with 0 Comments
Matilija Dam Ecosystem Restoration Project

Matilija Dam Ecosystem Restoration Project
Talk by Paul Jenkin
March 11, 10 am – 12 pm
OVLC Office

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A is for Acorn

By on September 22, 2015 in Notes from the Nursery Manager with 2 Comments
A is for Acorn

Believe it or not it’s acorn collecting time again Collecting as many as we can for restoration projects Drought has seriously hampered acorn production in California Exudation is the sticky substance you find on damaged acorns. Leave them be. Find an oak with grass underneath for a soft landing and better chance of survival. Green […]

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Why the oak circle?

By on July 1, 2015 in News with 0 Comments
Why the oak circle?

Why the oak circle? Anyone that has been out to see our oak plantings on the Ojai Meadows Preserve and the Ventura River Preserve may have noticed a familiar planting pattern; that circular zone  planted with oaks and shrubs.  We call them oak nodes, or oak circles. We’ve had a few questions on the theory […]

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OVLC Restoration Volunteer Highlights

OVLC Restoration Volunteer Highlights

The OVLC has been fortunate to have a number of locals volunteering at our preserves. A regular volunteer group at both the Ojai Meadows Preserve and the Ventura River Steelhead Preserve is Once Upon a Watershed. Once Upon a Watershed is an outdoor education program that provides hands-on watershed education, restoration, and stewardship to 4th, […]

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Beaver Tales

By on April 28, 2015 in Notes from Rick with 2 Comments
Beaver Tales

Each year the Salmonid Restoration Federation, a northern California based organization dedicated to saving salmon and steelhead and their habitat hold a five day conference with many presenters and programs. Last spring’s event was held in Santa Barbara. The presenters from one of the workshops came to Ojai to look for possible sites for restoring […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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