Hike and Pie at Peffer Park

Wildflowers at Silvoor Biological Sanctuary / Photo by S. Dumyahn

As part of the Great Outdoor Weekend, TVCT is hosting a Hike and Pie at Peffer Park and Silvoor Biological Sanctuary.

When: Sunday, September 24 at 4:00-6:00pm

Where: Peffer Park- meet at the pavilion. Peffer Park is located off US 27 south of Chestnut Street.

What: Join a hike along the Silvoor Biological Sanctuary trail and help participate in a bioblitz! We’ll be recording the identification of a variety of animals, plants, and fungi! Then enjoy some pie!

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Auction for Acres 2016

AUCTION FOR ACRES: Farm-to-Table Feast and Fete

NOVEMBER 12, Sunday, Oxford Community Arts Center

From 5:00-9:00pm



I am sure you all realize how important the Auction for Acres is as our major fundraiser of the year. We rely on this to provide almost one-half of our operating budget.  We have economized with a smaller staff and a different office location, but our expenses grow as we successfully increase the acreage under easement and Trust protection.  We are now responsible for 187 properties in Southwest Ohio comprising over 21,000 acres

The Auction consists of 100% donated items, services, or experiences. If you have items or services you might provide, or experiences (cottages, trips, etc) to donate please contact us at office@3cvt.org  or call 513-524-2150 or send us the Auction Donor Form.

Our event will be using locally sourced food, local entertainment, and we will need volunteer support to help with logistics, publicity, and set-up among other things to run the event itself. So please consider volunteering for committee service by contacting us at office@3vct.org

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Invitation to an Open House

The new office is located at 5995 Fairfield Rd, Oxford

In order to better acquaint you with our new Executive Director, our new programs, our new office, and our successful effort to conserve land, we invite you to come and visit us!



When: Wednesday, September 13 at 4:00-6:00 pm.
Where: 5995 Fairfield Road, Oxford, Ohio (Oxford Professional Building)

Refreshments and beverages will be served
We are excited as we enter a new phase in our organization’s operation. We hope that you will join us by attending our Open House

We have a new Executive Director: Chad Smith. He is a Talawanda graduate who, after graduating from Hocking College (Natural Resources Management) began a 14 year career with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources beginning as the Park Naturalist at Hueston Woods for 8 years (2003-2011), then as the Interpretive Services Manager for southwest Ohio where he supervised seven park naturalists in 13 state parks (2011-2013).  His expertise, professionalism, and leadership resulted in a promotion to Park Manager for Sycamore State Park and then to be Park Manager for a combined Stonelick and  East Fork State Parks. To TVCT, Chad brings an extraordinary commitment to conservation, mature management, experience with state and local governments, as well as with civic groups and the public.

We have new office location:  Also of importance is our move to the Oxford Professional Building, across from the TRI in Oxford (5995 Fairfield Road, Oxford).  Our new location is more accessible to our members, provides a professional, technologically up-to-date office for our staff, and represents a savings for our operating budget.

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Symphony on the Farm This Weekend

No automatic alt text available.Symphony on the Farm is THIS Saturday, August 12!  It looks like the weather will be beautiful, so join us for an outdoor concert of Civil War era selections performed by an ensemble from the Richmond Symphony.

The concert will begin at 8 pm at the amphitheater at the Preble County Historical Society (7693 Swartzel Rd, Eaton, OH 45320).

Tickets can be purchased for $15 at the gate.  Drinks are available for purchase.  Be sure to arrive early enough (gate opens at 7) to explore the 11 acres of museum grounds, including an 1813 log house, Exhibit Hall building, an 1855 smokehouse and over six miles of hiking trails.

Proceeds benefit both the Three Valley Conservation Trust and the Preble County Historical Society.

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Three Valley Has a New Executive Director!

Chad Smith, the new Executive Director for Three Valley Conservation Trust

We are excited to announce that Chad Smith will be the new Executive Director for Three Valley Conservation Trust, beginning September 6.

Chad Smith is an Oxford resident and Talawanda graduate who began his conservation career as an intern at Hueston Woods State Park. After graduating from with a degree in Natural Resources Management from Hocking College, he was the Park Naturalist at Hueston Woods for 8 years.  His expertise, professionalism, and leadership abilities resulted in promotions to various other positions within the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), first as the Interpretive Services Manager for the southwest region of the Ohio park system where he supervised seven park naturalists in 13 state parks, then acting Park Manager for Sycamore State Park, and most recently, Park Manager for East Fork State Park.

Chad brings an extraordinary commitment to conservation, as well as mature management skills, experience working with state and local governments, and a long history of success working with volunteers, civic groups, and the public. We expect Three Valley Conservation Trust will continue to grow and  flourish under Chad’s leadership.

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Summer Education Series

Wildflowers at Silvoor Biological Sanctuary. Photo by S. Dumyahn

Our Wonderful Wednesdays program wrapped up this week with a presentation by Charlie Ford about creating backyard habitat for birds.  A big thank you to Charlie and all the other experts who led us on adventures discovering the amazing things around us as part of the 2017 Wonderful Wednesday program! (temporary phone number is: 513-273-5611)



Our next Precious Preschoolers program is Saturday Sept. 9 from 9:30 to 11.  We’ll be doing some more creekin’!  Get wet and dirty exploring the fascinating critters living in our local creeks!  Meet at 4328 Wallace Rd (off Lanes Mill Rd) in Oxford.

Our last Beautiful Biking ride will be Thursday, Sept 14 at 6pm.  We’ll meet at 2550 Indian Creek Rd, Oxford (near Reily).  This will be a road ride, about 7.5 miles along a hilly, difficult route.  Refreshments will be provided at the finish.

Save the date for “Hike and Pie” plus Bioblitz at Silvoor Biological Sanctuary on Sunday, Sept. 24 at Peffer Park pavilion.  Starting at 12 pm we will work with local experts to identify plants, insects, birds, and more found at Silvoor Biological Sanctuary.  At 4 pm, we will meet up again to report on what flora and fauna were found and to take a hike through the sanctuary, followed by pie and coffee.



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New Office and Open House

The new office is located at 5995 Fairfield Rd, Oxford.

The move to our new office in the Oxford Professional Building, located across from the TRI in Oxford, is complete!  This new location is more accessible to members, provides a professional and technologically up-to-date office for our staff, and represents a savings to our operating budget.  We are very excited to be in this new space and will be hosting an open house in September so everyone can meet the new director and see the new office space.  Details will be forthcoming.

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Temporary contact information

Three Valley Conservation Trust’s phones are currently down.  If you need to contact us, our temporary number is: 513-273-5611.  We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

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The Wonderful World of Bugs For Preschoolers

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In Remembrance: Carl Joseph Hesselbrock  (1927-2017)

Carl and Marge Hesselbrock

Patriarch to three generations of Hesselbrocks and loving husband to his wife Marge of 67 years, Carl Hesselbrock embodied the best qualities of the American farmer.  A native of Morgan Township, Carl and Marge began farming together in 1950, raising five children on the historic Governor Bebb property.  Over the years, Carl served in the US Army, oversaw the growing farm operations, and served on Butler County’s Soil Conservation Board.  Carl was widely admired and emulated, earning a reputation as one of Butler County’s leading farm practitioners.  Always willing to embrace new ideas and management practices, Carl and Marge in 2005 became the first farmers in Morgan Township to voluntarily place conservation easements on farmland.  Carl and Marge understood the special value of family farmland, and managed their diverse operations with great care.  Carl’s legacy of careful stewardship has been passed on to his three sons and grandson who manage and farm the family’s extensive landholdings.  His two daughters have professional careers and remain vital contributors to the family.  The Three Valley Conservation Trust and the Paddys Run Conservation Project extend their condolences to Marge and the entire Hesselbrock family on the loss of a dear man and remarkable agriculturist.

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