Family Fun at “A Day at the Lake”

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Join us as we celebrate the 65th Anniversary of a great partner organization of ours: the Preble County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Preble SWCD LogoTheir annual meeting this year “A Day at the Lake” is being held on Thursday, September 4th starting at 4 pm, with narrated pontoon boat rides (at the Hueston Woods Marina) and viewing of the animals (at the nearby Hueston Woods Nature Center). Fun for the whole family! Later in the evening (at 6 pm) there will be a free Pulled Pork Dinner served up by Bear Paw Catering, in the Hueston Room of the Hueston Woods Lodge, during and followed by, the annual meeting.

To join them (and us!), admission is free, but an RSVP is required. Please call Samantha at (937) 456-5159 before 3:30 p.m. on August 29, 2014.

For more details, please see their informational sheet: Annual Mtg Info Sheet

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The clock is ticking…

unnamedWe have only a few short weeks to convince senators to vote to make the enhanced deduction for conservation easement donations permanent.

On July 17, 2014 the US House of Representatives passed the “America Gives More Act” (HR 4719) which included the “Conservation Easement Incentive Act” (HR 2807), providing permanent tax deductions for conservation easements. The Conservation Easement Incentive Act needs your support to pass in the Senate. Contact Senator Sherrod Brown, (202) 224-2315 or online email, and Senator Rob Portman, (202) 224-3353 or online email, to vote “yes” for this important legislation. (Please do not send a letter by regular mail as security checking will significantly delay your message.)

With the Conservation Easement Incentive Act:

  • The maximum deduction a donor can take for donating a conservation easement will rise from 30% of their adjusted gross income (AGI) to 50%
  • Qualified farmers and ranchers will be able deduct up to 100% of their AGI

Without the Conservation Easement Incentive Act:

  • Fewer people will pursue conservation easement protection
  • Precious open space will be lost

Your actions could make the difference between permanence and another extension!

For more information click here.

 

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We’re Attracted to You!

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We’re proud to announce that we now have bumper magnets! Wear your love for Three Valley Conservation Trust on your bumper for all the world to see – it’s a beautiful thing and it can be yours for the low price of:

$5.00 – Our Regular Low Price
- OR –
*FREE*- for our Members and our Donors

Please purchase or pick up your magnet at our office in Oxford during our office hours (9am to 5pm, Monday thru Friday). Supplies are limited, so if response is overwhelming, we might ask you to wait while we re-order. Thanks for your patience and we look forward to seeing you!

If necessary, please call (513-524-2150) or email (bkretschmer@3vct.org) Bonnie to make special arrangements or for a shipping quote.

Because of supporters like you, we can forever protect land in our community.
Thank-you.

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Fall Newsletter Teaser!

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Intrigued? This fun roof belongs to an easement owner who will be profiled in the Fall Newsletter – coming to a mailbox (or email) near you sometime in September. Keep an eye out for it!

By the way…. Would you like to volunteer to help assemble the newsletter in Early September? Do you have a cool nature pic that you’d like us to use as our “Valley News Nature Shot” in the next newsletter? Just email Bonnie at bkretschmer@3vct.org. Thanks for your help!

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Eco-Cache Postponed

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Due to irreconcilable scheduling conflicts, the Eco-Cache member event has been postponed until September. Our apologies to those who were looking forward to getting out there soon. However, it’s still on!

The new date for the Eco-cache is Sunday, September 28th, which will make it part of Outdoor Weekend! After the Hike-a-Thon on Saturday, rest up overnight, then head down to Hays Cummins and Donna McCullom’s fabulous “Edge of Farm” property for a fun and educational nature hunt on Sunday.

Stay tuned to the blog for more information or contact Bonnie at bkretschmer@3vct.org to get emailed information as it becomes available.

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Have you heard the News?

A Streamside Salamander at Salamander Run.  Photo Credit Jeff Davis

A Streamside Salamander at Salamander Run. Photo Credit Jeff Davis

Have you heard the good news? Our Salamander Run project has really grabbed headlines! Read up about the good things we’re helping to make happen in conjunction with the EPA and the MetroParks of Butler County. We are very excited to share the news!

Salamander Run in the Hamilton Journal
Salamander Run in the Cincinnati Enquirer
Salamander Run in the Dayton Daily News

New park land and wildlife habitat in Butler County – sweet!

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2014 Auction for Acres – Save the Date!

2014 Logo When? November 1st, 2014
(Tentatively from 5:30pm to 10:00pm)
Where? The Marcum Conference Center
(on MU’s Oxford Campus)
What? Three Valley’s Auction for Acres!
Including a delicious dinner by the bite and some truly wonderful auction items for both our live and silent auctions.
How? Register online or through the mail from Mid-September through October 10th.

Details will be posted here: Events –> Auction for Acres as we get closer to the event.

If you’d like to volunteer at the auction (or with preparations in the days prior) or donate an item for our silent (or live) auction, we’d greatly appreciate your help! Please contact Bonnie Kretschmer at bkretschmer@3vct.org or call (513) 524-2150.

Please plan to join us – and bring your friends!

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Paddys Run Open House

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Would you like to learn how your land can make you money while protecting our water and investing in the future of our community?

Representatives from Ohio EPA and Three Valley Conservation Trust will be available from to answer questions about the Paddys Run Conservation Project. To date over 2,600 acres in your community have been permanently protected and funds are still available. To learn more, please join us during the open house:

When? From 5pm to 7pm on June 24th
Where? The Morgan Township Administration Building (3141 Chapel Rd, Okeana)

After the open house (at 7pm), the representatives from Ohio EPA and Three Valley Conservation Trust will be delivering a report on the Paddys Run Conservation Project (PRCP) progress at the Morgan Township Trustees meeting. See you there!

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Monitor Training on June 17th at 7pm – Register Now!

square 200pxl three guysAs summer approaches, our minds at Three Valley start to turn to thoughts of going outside and enjoying ourselves in nature – which naturally makes us think of Monitoring!

Monitoring is a vital part of Three Valley Conservation Trust’s mission to protect the easements we hold – each year and every year – forever.

Three Valley Conservation Trust annually monitors each and every one of properties where we hold easements with a well-trained and dedicated group of volunteers (and staff) whose reputation is next to none (just ask our oversight agencies!). We love our monitors and we invite you to count yourself among them!
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If you think you might be interested in becoming a monitor (or for current monitors who’d like a refresher course or an official chance to ask questions) please let us know! Our next opportunity to be trained as a monitor is coming up on June 17th at 7pm. To register to attend, please call Bonnie at (513) 524-2150 or email bkretschmer@3vct.org.

If you have already registered, you will have received an email with the location and directions by now. If you are interested, but not yet registered, please do so by noon on Monday, June 16th! Lastly, a big thank-you to all of our monitors – Past, Present and Future!

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Congratulations Graduating Seniors!

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2014-01 Matt Hurd Casual

A big CONGRATULATIONS to Kwame Adusei and Matt Hurd on their graduation from Miami University! It’s been great to have both of them as GIS interns this year. Their hard work creating maps and even working in the field sometimes (they got to do a monitoring this year!) is essential to what we do here. Thanks to both of them, and for that matter, to all of our student interns over the past 20 years. We couldn’t do what we do without you!

Also a big thanks to Erin D’Amato (an MU Student, but not a graduating senior) who interned with us in the office this year and will be returning to intern with us in the fall. She’s been a HUGE help as we start to implement our new easement filing system.

Thanks again (and congratulations) to our Miami University interns who give us so much of their time and enthusiasm!

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