It’s all new for December

That’s right, the Conservation Connection page has been updated through the 1st of January with lots of cool events in our neighborhood.  In particular:

fernald-preserveFernald Preserve History Program with Optional Hike  – You have four chances: Wed. Dec. 7th through Sat. Dec. 10th, all at 1pm, to discover the the diverse, changing history of the 1,050-acre Fernald Preserve site. Travel through early European settlement, the Cold War, uranium-refining years, site cleanup, and today’s extensive environmental restoration. An optional 1-mile hike into the Preserve will follow.

Christmas Bird Count – On Saturday,  Dec. 19 starting at 7:00am, all ages and skill levels are welcome to join experts at Miami University’s Ecology Research Center on Somerville Road.
The data collected from this count, combined with other surveys such as the Breeding Bird Survey, provide a picture of how the continent’s bird populations have changed in time and space over the past forty years. New participants can join groups led by experts covering portions of the count area. Bring a covered dish to share for lunch after the count and your own table service. Dress warmly and wear boots for walking. Wear a bright jacket and bring binoculars if possible.

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Newly protected farm in Preble County

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TVCT welcomes the Miller farm, owned by Susan and Duane Miller, as the most recent addition to our permanently protected properties.  Located on Quaker Trace Rd. in Lanier Township, Preble County, the farm was protected through the Ohio Department of Agriculture Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program. Owned by Susan and Duane Miller, the conservation easement on this property will protect 81.5 acres of the prime agriculture lands supporting corn and soybean production. Present benefits of erosion protection, stormwater infiltration and groundwater recharge will also be permanently protected.

miller-closing-20161202Left to right: Janet Krebs, Liz Woedl, Agnes Marchlewska, Susan and Duane Miller

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Getting Salamander Run Ready for Winter

Sweetgum being restored to the Salamander Run Preserve

Sweetgum being restored to the Salamander Run Preserve

As our time with this beautiful property draws to a close, our professional contractors have been hard at work getting everything ready for winter.  Targeted invasive plant control measures are nearly complete for the season and we’ve issued four archery deer hunting permits for specific locations on the property to help keep the deer population sustainable.

We are proud of our partnership with the Ohio EPA and all the hard, thoughtful work put into making this property ready for a transfer to the MetroParks of Butler County in early spring, 2017.  Guided group hikes are still available this winter and can be scheduled by calling Three Valley Conservation Trust at (513) 524-2150.

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Annual Meeting Save the Date

dons-table-croppedSave the Date: Our Annual Membership Meeting will be held at The Knolls of Oxford on Sat., January 28th, 2017.

Watch your mailbox and email in the new year (after the holidays) for your invitation to join us.  You’ll be able to register through the mail, online and in person.

Thank-you to all of our members in 2016 for your part in furthering our mission to conserve natural habitats, waterways and agricultural lands in Southwestern Ohio, for the benefit of present and future generations, through partnerships with people and communities.

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Holiday Shopping? Amazon and Kroger will donate to us on your behalf.

amazonkrogerWhether you’re off to Kroger for all those yummy Holiday Meal ingredients and foods or doing a little holiday gift shopping on Amazon – both will donate to us on your behalf, if you let them know you support us.

For Kroger, just go here, sign in (or register) and make sure you Kroger Rewards card has “Three Valley Conservation Trust” selected as your community rewards beneficiary.  If not; add us!  You can search by name or our organization number 80803.  Want full detailed instructions with screen shots?  Go here.

For Amazon, you can support us when you shop for loved ones (or yourself!) by starting here to shop with Three Valley Conservation Trust as your Amazon Smile beneficiary.

Thank-you so much for supporting our work while you make merry!
Bonnie

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Thank-you Auction Attendees!

Terry and Roxanne Woedl with Tammi and Charlie Ford at the 2016 Auction for Acres on November 12th.

Terry and Roxanne Woedl with Tammi and Charlie Ford at the 2016 Auction for Acres on November 12th.

We had a wonderful time with all of you!  Thanks to all of our attendees who came, ate, talked conservation and bought a lot of cool experiences, meats and hand-crafted goods.  We could not do the work that we do without all of your support.  Thank-you!

Check out our Photo Gallery here.

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Phone Trouble

phones-marked-for-reuseWe are currently unable to receive incoming calls on our main line (513-524-2150).

You can, however, call us on our second line:

(513) 523-LAND or (513) 523-5263

We have called Frontier and this problem should be fixed by the end of the day on Friday, November 11th.

Thank-you for your patience!

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New Tools for Monitoring Properties

On November 2nd, Stewardship Specialist Randy Evans did a test flight of our UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) over the Salamander Run Preserve.  We learned that this tool can be invaluable in helping us monitor properties quickly and efficiently – particularly properties with rough terrain.  Randy, our trained and licensed UAS operator, will do another test flight on Monday, November 7th for the MetroParks of Butler County.

We are excited about our plans to starting using this UAS to start monitoring properties with rugged terrain on a regular basis.  Sometimes the right tools make all the difference!

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It’s all new for November

That’s right, the Conservation Connection page has been updated through the end of November with lots of cool events in our neighborhood.  In particular:

img_0283Ruder Preserve Work Day on Sat. Nov. 12 from 9am to 1pm, help us restore the Ruder Preserve and remove invasives.  Work is available for all skill levels and abilities.  We will provide most of the tools needed.  Please wear work gloves (perhaps eye protection) and protective boots, if you have them.  Some experienced conservationists will be using power tools, so adults must be  responsible for any children they bring with them.

6th Annual Walk Your Stuffing Off – On Friday, Nov. 25 from 1pm to 4:30pm, the Fernald Preserve Visitors Center will hold an after-Thanksgiving hike to help you burn off some of those calories on a brisk 7-mile hike through the varying habitats at the Fernald Preserve.

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Do you know someone you admire?

2016-wally-awardThe deadline is arriving soon!  If you know someone you want to nominate, please contact us by December 9th.  We can always receive or request more information from you afterwards.

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