Fall Newsletter Teaser!


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!


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.


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!


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!


Paddys Run Open House

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!


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!
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!


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!


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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