Birding Hike at Salamander Run

An open area at Salamander Run.  Photo Credit: Tom Schneider, Ohio EPA.

An open area at Salamander Run. Photo Credit: Tom Schneider, Ohio EPA.

Come and enjoy the beautiful weather and help us spot birds, flora and fauna during a hike through one of Butler County’s newest restored natural areas!

As a part of Butler County MetroParks’ Big Week of Birding in Butler County, they are sponsoring a free hike through Salamander Run.

When? Thursday, May 7th from 9am to Noon
Where? Meet at the Morgan Township Building (3141 Chapel Road, Okeana, OH 45053)

While registration is requested, the outing is free and walk-ins are welcome.
For more information and to register, go to Butler County MetroParks’ event website.

We’re excited to get out and see spring in a lovely new natural area. Please come join us!

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It’s April: Kroger Community Rewards Re-Designation time!

Kroger Receipt - CroppedDo you see this on the bottom of your Kroger receipts? If you do – thank-you very much for supporting Three Valley Conservation Trust!
Please remember that the month of April is when you need to sign up to help us again. If you don’t, that wonderful little message will disappear on May 1st!

Do you need a refresher on how to re-designate, see our instructions (with screen shots) here.

Are you brand new to this and need to create a Kroger account? Your instructions are here.

If you are experiencing any problems with the Kroger website, feel free to call Kroger and get help. Their number for community rewards website assistance is: 1-866-221-4141.
Our organization ID with Kroger Community Rewards is: 80803.

Turtles3-croppedWe really appreciate each and every one of our Community Rewards supporters. It may not cost you anything, but a few minutes of your time really pays off for us. Thank-you!

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Silvoor Sanctuary Spring Wildflower Walks

2 Silvoor woodsAt Silvoor Biological Sanctuary, two of the adjacent private properties are protected by TVCT conservation easements. In spring, the sanctuary hosts an extensive wildflower garden with over 60 species on display.

This year’s guides and dates for the walks in the sanctuary are listed below. All walks will begin at 1:00pm at the gazebo-picnic table area in Peffer Park on US 27 just south of Oxford.

Sunday, April 5 (Easter) – Jack Keegan
Sunday, April 12 – Holly Wissing
Sunday, April 19 – Jack Keegan
Sunday, April 26 – Mike Vincent
Sunday, May 3 – Jack Keegan

We look forward to seeing you there and enjoying some of the many beautiful signs of spring!

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Spend some spring days in the great outdoors!

DSC09722Become an Easement Monitor – Keeping the Trust in compliance with state monitoring requirements is a crucial behind-the-scenes task that relies on a committed team of core volunteers. Many supporters of the Trust are unaware that every farm protected by an easement must be monitored annually to ensure that it remains in compliance with easement restrictions. As a member of the Land Stewardship Team you would be asked to travel with a partner to tour and document participating farms and prepare a written report to be kept on file in the office.

To join the Land Stewardship Team, members participate in a short training program, commit to completing 6-8 monitoring visits (or as many as you would like!) per year. You will receive a nametag for identification while representing the Trust. Other benefits are the pleasure of being outdoors on beautiful protected farms, meeting local easement landowners, and making new friends. You can also contribute by inviting a friend to train and monitor with you! Call Randy at the office, 513-524-2150.

APRIL 15 – MONITOR TRAINING SESSION! We will hold a Monitor Training session, 6:30-8:30pm at our new office location at 6715 Ringwood Rd. on the northwest side of the city of Oxford. Contact Randy Evans at: revans@3vct.org or (513) 524-2150 to RSVP.

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Celebrate Earth Day at Kona!

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Please join us to Celebrate Earth Day with Dinner and Drinks at Oxford’s Uptown Kona Bistro!

When? April 22nd from 6 to 9 PM

As part of Kona Bistro’s Community Night Program, Three Valley Conservation Trust (TVCT) Board Members and supporters will act as Guest (Celebrity? Ha, ha!) Bartenders from 6-9 PM. Come mingle and have good food and drinks with TVCT Members, Board Members and their friends.

All tips from the bar, and 10% of tips from the restaurant between 6 and 9 pm, support Three Valley Conservation Trust.
See you there!

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TVCT Invites You to EarthFest, April 18, Oxford

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Three Valley Conservation Trust is celebrating its 20th Year

Three Valley Conservation Trust (TVCT) is celebrating its 20th as a Conservation organization and has left a lasting, positive impact in southwest Ohio. TVCT is the perpetual steward of 163 properties: 160 conservation easements and 3 fee simple. Our main service area covers 3 counties, but we actually hold easements in 7 counties.

Since TVCT began purchasing easements in 2003 with Federal, State, and Local conservation funds, We have been the direct conduit into the local economy of approximately $28,183,149. On average, that is approximately 2.5 million dollars per year that has gone to paying off mortgages, buying more land and/or equipment, sending kids to college and/or saving for retirement.

Conservation efforts continued in 2014 with the closing of 14 new properties; 10 for the Paddys Run Conservation Project (Butler Co.), 1 in Preble County, 1 in Montgomery County, and 2 properties in Butler County, totaling 1,219 acres. Each property is unique, and the group boasts diverse combinations of agricultural land, natural habitat, forested hillsides, creek frontage, and prime open space.

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Artist Series Tickets – For Sale to Benefit TVCT!

We have some tickets to the Miami Regional Artist Series in Middletown, Hamilton and one in Oxford, that are available for sale to benefit Three Valley Conservation Trust (see details below). Do you think you want two or more of the tickets listed below? Call (513) 524-2150 or email Bonnie at bkretschmer@3vct.org and give us your best offer! First come, first serve – as long as the offer is reasonable.

Thank-you for your support!
Bonnie

Four Tickets to Balsam Range and Helen Highwater on Saturday, 2/28/15 at 7:30pm at the Parrish Auditorium at Miami University Hamilton.
Balsam RangeBalsam Range mixes elements of jazz, country, gospel, swing and old-time music into the fresh sound of this unique, Southern band which has received numerous top honors in the 2014 IBMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year. Helen Highwater has been described as “the tough, whimsical goddess of string band music” and she will be performing with a band she assembled out of veteran Nashville Bluegrass musicians.
 

Two tickets to Cassandra Wilson sings Billie Holiday Friday, 3/13/15 7:30pm at Hall Auditorium at Miami University Oxford.
CassandraWilson300Cassandra Wilson is an American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi. Described by critic Gary Giddins as “a singer blessed with an unmistakable timbre and attack [who has] expanded the playing field” by incorporating blues, country, and folk music into her work. Cassandra Wilson has won two Grammy Awards.
 

Six Tickets to Carlos Munoz with April Verch on Saturday, 3/14/15 at 7:30pm in the Dave Finkelman Auditorium at Miami University Middletown.
Carlos_Nunez2April_Verch2Carlos Núñez comes from Galicia, the Celtic region in the North West of Spain. Billboard Magazine calls him the Jimi Hendrix of bagpipes. April Verch is in the second decade of her career as an internationally touring Canadian fiddler, step dancer and singer-songwriter.

Four Tickets to the Travelin’ Mccourys and the Gibson Brothers on Saturday, 4/11/15 at 7:30pm in the Dave Finkelman Auditorium at Miami University Middletown.
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As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father’s work—a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives.
 

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Steve Leftridge of PopMatters described The Gibson Brothers this way: “Eric and Leigh Gibson might have, pound-for-pound, the most impeccably fine-sounding traditional bluegrass band on the contemporary scene.”

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Dave Nolin Receives Conservationist of the Year Award

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L to R: Eric Sauer, Dave Nolin, Eric Hollins

Dave Nolin received the Wallace I. Edwards Conservationist of the Year Award at the Three Valley Conservation Trust Annual Meeting on January 31 at the Fitton Center in Hamilton.

Dave Nolin, conservation director for Five Rivers MetroParks in Montgomery County Ohio, has worked tirelessly for almost 30 years preserving and restoring natural spaces in the Miami Valley. His commitment to conservation initiatives of all scales and scopes, both locally and nationally, has been unwavering. While working with Five Rivers MetroParks; Dave has also been involved with organizations such as the Beavercreek Wetlands, Glen Helen Nature Center, Three Valley Conservation Trust and numerous academic research projects through Wright State University. His collaboration with other public and non-profit conservation groups as well as the local academic community has earned respect for Five Rivers MetroParks and Dave’s work as a conservationist.

Dave has been a leader in recognizing that conservation easements and other landowner agreements help support Five Rivers MetroParks’ mission of protecting the Miami Valley’s natural heritage. This is one of the areas in which Dave has worked with Three Valley Conservation Trust, helping establish conservation easements that protect productive farmland, conservation areas along river corridors and sensitive natural features deserving of protection as a part of the region’s natural heritage.

Thanks to his efforts, thousands of acres of native habitat have been protected and restored. These accomplishments have led to bringing new and increasing audiences into Five Rivers MetroParks facilities to enjoy hiking, wildlife watching, biking, boating, fishing and volunteer opportunities. Many of these outdoor pursuits are opportunities that, years ago, would not have been linked with living in Dayton or Montgomery County. Dave’s contribution to expanding these opportunities has changed how many residents look at this region from an outdoor recreation perspective. Dave has simultaneously established guidelines that assure these activities are conducted in ways that don’t threaten the natural integrity of these parklands, as he understands the responsibility to pass on these parklands to future generations in a healthy and sustainable condition.

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