Ruder Preserve Is All Yours!

Did you know that Ruder Preserve is one of the few properties owned by Three Valley?  And that means that as a partner of the Trust, it belongs to you!  And that means . . .  that you are always welcome to help in the restoration effort underway there!
The restoration has been moving along this spring with the help of many MU students and some TVCT members – – THANKS EVERYONE!  Here’s what we’ve accomplished:
  • another ~1 to 1.5 acres cleared of honeysuckle
  • garlic mustard pulled on much of the western side of the property
  • ~125 trees and shrubs planted
  • ~90 of those trees and shrubs caged to protect from deer browse
  • some lesser celandine sprayed with glyphosate herbicide
  • a small bench built and placed near the low level dam (THANKS Hays Cummins’ ecological restoration class!)
  • 2 dead trees cut down (if you need firewood, please feel free to come and get it!)
However, as the summer begins and MU students leave town, we still have ~ 50 trees to plant, plants to water if the rain ever stops, cages to make, stakes to put into cages to keep them in place, and – as always – more honeysuckle to remove.
So, since Ruder Preserve belongs to YOU… would you be willing to help?  If so, please contact:
We’d really love for the Ruder restoration to become your project, and for you to enjoy the results this summer as you walk the beautiful trails.
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Beautiful Biking Series

Beautiful Biking on May 11 / Photo credit Nathan Weber

Do you like to ride bikes?  Would you like to explore some of the beautiful rural areas in Butler and Preble County?  Then join Amy Weber, board member for Three Valley, in monthly rides (mostly on Thursday evenings) this summer.
Most rides are for teens and adults, but June 14th is for younger children also.
Bring your bike and wear your helmet!  All trips start at 6:00 pm.
W, JUNE 14th –  Fitton Center, 101 S Monument St., Hamilton  **Younger children welcome!  We will ride the Hamilton Miami River bike trail.**  **Note day change – Wednesday, not Thurs.**
TH, July 13th – Concord United Church of Christ, 2225 Concord Rd., Eaton
TH, AUG 10TH – Twin Creek chapel, 17017 Yohe Rd. West Manchester
TH, SEPT 14TH – 2550 Indian Creek Road, Oxford, OH (near Reily)  **Season Finale – snack provided by easement owner Ann Geddes**
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For Mother’s Day

Give your mother the gift of conservation and contribute to Three Valley Conservation Trust in her honor!

Visit the TVCT website to donate and learn about the ways you can give in her name.


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Salamander Run Preserve Transfer Celebration

Amphibian Hike at Salamander Run Preserve

Come celebrate the transfer of Salamander Run Preserve to MetroParks of Butler County. The event recognizes the multi-party conservation effort that made the transfer of Salamander Run Preserve possible, which includes the Unites States Department of Energy, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Three Valley Conservation Trust and MetroParks of Butler County.

When: Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 1:00-3:30 pm (Transfer Celebration at 1:00 pm and Guided Hikes beginning at 1:30 pm

Where: Salamander Run Preserve, 4821 Layhigh Road, Hamilton, OH 45013

This event is limited to the first 50 people to RSVP to

See the MetroParks of Butler County flyer  about this event for more information.


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Wonderful Wednesdays!

As part of the TVCT’s Summer Outdoor Education Series, Wonderful Wednesday events will be starting up soon. The first event will be on May 31.

What: Feast, Fire and Frogs- Come explore the Edge of the Farm Conservation Area’s prairies and ponds. Bring something to grill on a campfire!

When: May 31 at 6:00-8:00 pm

Where: 5398 McCoy Road, Oxford, OH (near Reily)

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Des Fleurs Plant Sale and Auction

The Des Fleurs Plant Sale and Auction is open to the public, but participants need to make reservations. RSVP by May 14th to Marilyn Johnson 513-523-2971

When: May 18th at 8:00-9:30 am will be the sale of perennial divisions, herbs, small trees, shrubs – 10:00am: live auction followed by luncheon

Where: Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College St., Oxford, OH 45056

This is a great chance to get plants that support pollinators!

Des Fleurs is offering divisions from their gardens, along with wonderful pieces of garden art, tools and planted pots. See the website for more information.

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Founders’ Day Picnic Rescheduled

Ruder Preserve Dedication in 1996. Dwight Baldwin addresses the audience at the official dedication. Photo by Jim Reid

The Founders’ Day Picnic is cancelled for this Saturday, May 6, but has been rescheduled for the same date as the Summer Picnic: June 25 at 12:00-3:00pm at Leonard Howell Park. Everyone is welcome to attend the Summer & Founders’ Day Picnic! In addition to lunch, there will be a guided walk of Ruder Preserve and an official tree commemoration for Orie Loucks, one of our founders who died last October.

When: Sunday, June 25 at 12:00-3:00pm

Where: Leonard Howell Park on Bonham Road. The following is a map of the area.

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Ruder Restoration Work Continues!

Restoration progress at Ruder Preserve/Photo by Donna McCollum

Want to wander in the woods?  Join us for a garlic mustard pull on Saturday April 29th, or more planting and caging of trees on Saturday May 6th, 9-noon each day, followed by lunch.

If you haven’t driven by Ruder Preserve lately, come see the wonderful work that has happened this week (thank you Miami University students and TVCT members!) – another half acre of honeysuckle was cleared near the entrance and about 100 trees and bushes were planted!  Wildflowers are beginning to come up – there are fields of wild ginger and patches of white violet, Virginia bluebells, dutchman’s breeches, waterleaf, and more!  It is truly a beautiful place!

On April 29th, 9-12 am with lunch afterwards, we will be working on removing bush honeysuckle, of course, but we also will do a garlic mustard pull. We especially need – right now – people who can identify small honeysuckle – it is a perfect time to pull the small ones so we don’t have to use herbicide on them or dig them up when the soil is hard as cement.

Please join us either (or both) of the next 2 Saturdays as we work to get this beautiful area looking more like what it used to!  There are plenty of things to do, whether it is hauling honeysuckle to our giant piles, wielding a chain saw, helping provide food for our hungry volunteers, or just taking pictures to document the effort.

Contact Donna McCollum at with any questions.

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Butler County Farm Day

Come Visit the Farm!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

10 am – 2 pm

At Pedro’s Angus Farm

2151 Harris Road, Hamilton, OH 45013 (map)

This event is FREE!

For more information visit the Butler County Soil & Water Conservation District website.

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Community Biking Event!

Come and enjoy a country bike ride with your community!  The first bike ride of the summer biking series is starting on May 11th. The ride will start at the west end of the Walmart parking lot along Todd Rd at 6:00 pm.  Bring a helmet as this will be a road ride and cover a distance of ~10 miles. If you have any questions contact Amy Weber (

When: May 11 at 6:00pm

Where: Meet at the west end of the Walmart parking lot along Todd Rd

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