Wildflower Walks in April!

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Amanda Brymer, the new curator for the Silvoor Biological Sanctuary, has announced Wildflower Walks scheduling:

Sunday, April 20 @ 1:00pm
Sunday, April 27 @ 1:00pm

The walks will be led by either Jack Keegan or Mike Vincent again this year, beginning at the gazebo-picnic table area in Peffer Park at 1:00pm each Sunday. No pre-registration required, just come join in!

Several of the private lands in the Silvoor area are protected by TVCT conservation easement. Well worth the visit, the walks will feature many spring wildflowers native to Ohio. This trail is an easy one and the pace will be slow to allow for commentary and discussion.


Take Advantage of this Workshop – Register by April 4th!

Workshop Series Sponsors
Register by April 4th for West Central Wildlife Habitat Workshop – Woodlands Part 1
CLAYTON, OH A habitat workshop series is being offered to landowners wishing to improve wildlife habitat on their property. The workshop series is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife, ODNR Division of Forestry, Pheasants Forever, Natural Resources Conservation Service, The Ohio State University Extension, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Wild Turkey Federation and Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

The Wildlife Habitat Workshop – Woodlands Part 1 is the latest in the series and will take place on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. The workshop will begin at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC), Adult Education Building located at 6801 Hoke Rd., Clayton, OH 45315. After lunch, participants will then get to experience hands-on education in the field at a nearby farm with woodlands, vernal pools, and more.

The purpose of the workshop series is to offer landowners and wildlife enthusiasts a well-rounded approach to managing their property to establish and maintain wildlife habitat. This woodland workshop will focus on forest ecology and habitat management and will include topics on trees, shrubs, wildflowers, mushrooms, wild turkeys, songbirds, bats, vernal pool wetlands and more.
This event is $10 per person and includes light breakfast refreshments, lunch, and a folder full of reference materials to take home.
All participants must pre-register with the Montgomery Soil &Water Conservation District at (937) 854-7645. The registration deadline for this workshop is April 4th.

For Further Information Contact:
Montgomery SWCD
(937) 854-7645
John Kaiser, ODNR-Division of Wildlife
(937) 347-0938


Annual Meeting – Fun Photos!

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Liz2 While the evening started off with the business of the board – saying “Good-bye” to old members and “Hello” to new members – Liz also took some time to honor our volunteers. Particularly our Monitors, Monitor Co-ordinator Lois Nelson, Super-Monitor Sam Fitton and Erika Nelson who helped organize the monitor training (and also joined the board for 2014!). All monitors and monitor leaders are vital to our mission. Thank-you!

WelchVTSchlichterEM - CroppedErnie Schlichter spoke as a land owner and easement donor. Thanks to Ernie and his family for bringing such great property under easement! Tom Welch did a great job of accepting the Conservation Organization of the Year award on behalf of the Preble County Historical Society.

SilentAuctionPapaJoe3 - CroppedThere were great things on offer at our little silent auction throughout the night (among them, a few Cal wine tastings – yum!) and then, towards the end of the night, Papa Joe Kretschmer treated us to a few silly songs (Moo – Moo, Moo).


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Donna02Hays09 To wrap up the evening, we had an uplifting talk by Hays Cummins and Donna McCullom. Such fun! It was wonderful to see and hear about their prairie – to talk of spring at the end of such a long winter. What cool work is being done in their little corner of Oxford!

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Thanks to everyone who attended the Three Valley Conservation Trust’s Annual Meeting on February 1st! While the important business of electing new Board Members occurred, we had a great time visiting with our friends. Thank-you for coming and see you soon!

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Help us assemble the 2014 Spring Newsletter!

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The 2014 Newsletter in all it’s glory will arrive from the printer sometime on Thursday 3/20! To make absolutely sure we have the newsletter in hand, we’ll do the official assembly on:
Friday 3/21/2014 from 9am to 12nn.
Please put it on your calendar and come help!

If you have any questions, feel free to call Bonnie at (513) 524-2150 or email her at bkretschmer@3vct.org.
Thanks for your help!

P.S. The newsletter is now available to read online! Just go here: 2014 Spring Newsletter


The Paddys Run Conservation Project – 2013 in Review

unnamedThe past year saw twelve properties in the Paddys Run project area protected by conservation easements.  By purchasing easements through funds awarded by the Fernald Trustees and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), over 1,300 acres were permanently protected.  This brings the total number of protected acres to 2,345.  The vast majority of the acreage is comprised of working farms, many of which are farmed by two and three generations of family members. The funds help landowners purchase new equipment or acquire more land that in turn can be placed in easement. Other landowners who enjoy the diverse habitats on smaller properties have also become easement donors.  One such landowner now serves on the Trust Board.  For most properties, Forest Management Plans or Farm Plans have been prepared to guide the landowners on proper stewardship of their agricultural land and wooded habitats.

Since the beginning of the project in 2011, TVCT staff and Ohio EPA project managers have worked closely with eligible landowners and public officials.  Open House meetings provided opportunities for the general public to learn about the project and the benefits of conservation easements.

Several productive meetings have been held with Ed Teets, Morgan Township Zoning Administrator and other Morgan Township officials. Diane Cox and Jon Nerenberg at Baden & Jones, LPA, have been invaluable in assembling and overseeing legal documents prior to and at closings. Staff at the Fernald Preserve has provided valuable expertise during initial property visits while assisting in the identification of flora and fauna.  William Hammitt, an easement donor and professional forester and Pat Migliozzi, State Forester, have prepared forest plans required for properties with significant woods.  Of special note was the fee simple purchase of a 125 acre property in January 2014.  This diverse tract is now owned by the Trust with the goal of eventual transfer to an owner who will maintain the property as a passive park, preserve and field lab.  Plans are underway to develop a timetable for restoration of natural habitats and removal non-native invasives.

Tom Schneider and Laura Hafer of the Ohio EPA continue to provide invaluable technical expertise and leadership to the project.  The Trust wishes to acknowledge the support given to us by the Fernald Trustees and looks forward to another productive year in 2014.




RSVP for the Annual Meeting by January 27th!

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Don’t forget to RSVP for the Annual Meeting!
The RSVP deadline is Monday, January 27th (end of the day).

There are three ways to RSVP:
1) Email names, entree choices and planned method of payment to bkretschmer@3vct.org.
2) Online at: http://www.3vct.org/?page_id=1085
3) Phone (513) 524-2150. If you are calling outside of office hours (9-5, M-F), please leave a message indicating all attendee names and entree choices. Please indicate how you intend to pay, but please DO NOT leave credit card numbers on the voicemail.

If you prefer to pay upon arrival, this can be accommodated as long as you make arrangements with us on, or prior to, January 27th. We need your RSVP to ensure that we have sufficient food and seating for everyone. Thank-you!

Please note: online registration is not set up to take an RSVP without a payment, so if you wish to pay at the door, please RSVP via email or call us on the phone. (c:

So what is this annual meeting?
I’m so glad you asked!
The annual membership meeting combines the yearly election of board members and officers with a dinner and fun celebration of the year past – including joyful songs and stories, a small silent auction, awards, recognitions, our famous “Save and Acre” fund drive and much more! You don’t want to miss it. (c: Here are the stats:

When: 5:30pm to 8:30pm on Saturday, February 1st, 2014.
Where: The Marcum Conference Center at Miami University in Oxford, OH

Fun details:
Plenty of new easement landowners, staff and members to meet!
Hear easement landowners Hays Cummins and Donna McCullom speak!
Hear a few fun songs from Papa Joe Kretschmer!
Bid on fabulous silent auction items:
– A box of Italian Wine
– Wine Tastings by our own board Chair Cal Conrad
– A $100 Grand Finale Certificate
– A print of a majestic painting commissioned by the trust.

Dinner Options (all Gluten-Free):
Vegan: Quinoa Timbale with Beluga Lentils & Braised Greens
Pork: Cider Glazed Pork chop with Caramelized Onion Marmalade and Root Vegetable Puree
Chicken: Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Citrus Ailoi & Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Any other questions? Want to Volunteer? Want to RSVP? Please let us know! (c:

See you there!


Volunteers Needed!


We at Three Valley Conservation Trust (TVCT) really need the help of volunteers to make our organization run!  Please consider contacting us with a commitment to helping  – read on for a list of ways you can help us protect land!

PlaceSettingEvent Implementation – The Annual Meeting is coming up!  Would you like to help set-up, tear down and/or deal with other logistics before the event?  There are many varied tasks that can be done from shopping to place cards to decorating the venue to taking photos.  Let us know if you’d like to help!

MailiMailboxng Help – We have another newsletter coming up!  We’d love some help folding, labeling and sealing it.  If you can’t do it this time, please let us know if you’d like to help us with future mailings.  We always need hands to help us stuff envelopes and get newsletters out the door!  We promise fun conversation and a beautiful view out the windows.  Can’t do it this time?  Give us your name and we’ll contact you next time!

Community Tabling Help – The outdoor event season is drawing to a close, but it will be spring before we know it and there will be Earth Day, County Fairs and other outdoor events and festivals where we’d love to have a presence.  Would you like to help engage the public on our behalf?  If you feel unable to set the display up for yourself, we’ll be happy to find someone to set-up and tear down for you.

1 Beck farm lgOffice Help – We have lots of filing and a little data entry that we would love help with!  There are many old files that simply need to be boxed up and stored – others that need to go into those newly cleared-out cabinets.  If you’d like to help us create order in the office – we need you!!  We can promise you coffee and some truly wonderful views.

There are lots of other ways in which you can help us – these are just a few!  If you’ve got a few hours to spend on a good cause, we can use you.  Not only now, but throughout 2014!  If you’d like to help, please email Bonnie at: bkretschmer@3vct.org or call Bonnie at (513) 524-2150.



Drink, Eat and Help Protect Land

Green Oxford JpegMiami University’s Student Organization “Green Oxford” will be bar-tending at Kona Bistro on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm as a fundraiser on behalf of Three Valley Conservation Trust (TVCT).  We greatly thank them for thinking of us and for their willingness to work on our behalf!

KonaBistro1SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, December 4th from 6pm to 9pm.  Come drink, eat and tip generously!  All tips as well as a portion of the proceeds from the bar will be donated to TVCT.  A big thanks goes to Kona Bistro and to the Miami student membership of Green Oxford.  There will be plenty of TVCT literature available and you might even run into a few staff or board members either early on or later in the evening (the board meeting will occur elsewhere).  Come join us!

Also – as another way to help the environment – are you willing to take a survey to help further research at Miami University’s Institute for the Environment and Sustainability?  It involves an assessment of current residential, agricultural and business practices that effect storm water.  If you are willing to take the survey, please go here:


Thanks to all who take the survey on behalf of the students and staff of Miami University’s Institute for the Environment and Sustainability.




Photos of Fun from the Annual Picnic

2013-10-20 Lynette Long ShotLynnette Dean (facing the camera), from Butler County MetroParks, strolls along the bridge whilst people are enjoying a picnic lunch on the beautiful and impressive Covered Bridge.  Many thanks to Lynette for her hard work and for all of MetroParks’ efforts!  They provided the tables, chairs, fire-pit, signs and many other crucial logistical details.

2013-10-20 Robert ThurstonRobert Thurston (a Three Valley Conservation Trust Board Member) provided the coffee, courtesy of the Oxford Coffee Company.  Thanks Robert!!

2013-10-19 Mary Glas Mary Glasmeier (former Office Manager at Three Valley Conservation Trust) was recognized for her efforts during the Fryman Purchase/Mill Race Acquisition Project.  At the ceremony to open the picnic, Cal Conrad (Current Board President) and everyone assembled – formally thanked all those who contributed financially.  We really appreciate all of you who made the Mill Race Preserve possible – thanks!!

2013-10-20 Jerry StanleyJerry Stanley in conversation at the fire pit just outside the covered bridge (hay bales courtesy of Marcia Schlichter).  It was a beautiful day, with excellent company.  Thanks to the many who volunteered and attended – making this a truly fantastic event!!

Special thanks to: Marcia Schlichter, Lynette Dean (and Butler County MetroParks), Cal Conrad, all the Three Valley Conservation Trust Board Members (for donations of food and picnic supplies), Frank House (for several dozen of the cookies) and the City of Hamilton (for bottled water).  It was a fun picnic with beautiful weather and excellent company!  What more could you ask?  We look forward to seeing all of you again at the Annual Meeting (on February 1st – save the date)!