Kroger Community Rewards – Know if you’re supporting us!

KrogerCardKroger Community Rewards is a wonderful deal both for us and for you! It costs you nothing additional – and they donate 4% of your purchase price to us. That’s right, whether you pay with a credit card, cash, food assistance, gift card or check – we get 4% of purchases linked to your Kroger Card. Sweet! And it’s been a big fundraiser for us.

Unfortunately, since April, we’ve seen a drop-off of donated funds and we suspect that this is due to people who think that their card is linked to us, but have either unsuccessfully re-upped their support in April or accidentally unselected us in their Community Rewards preferences.

Kroger Receipt - CroppedWant to be sure that you’re supporting Three Valley through Kroger?
Look for this message (see right) on the bottom of your next Kroger Receipt. If you don’t see it, you’re not enrolled. The good news is that it’s easy to re-enroll yourself!
See the instructions (with screen shots) for re-enrollment here:
If you already have an Online Kroger Account, go here: http://www.3vct.org/?page_id=1065
If you need to create an Online Kroger Account, go here: http://www.3vct.org/?page_id=1043

If you have trouble we can help you, or you can call Kroger at: 1-800–576–4377 for help with Community Rewards or 1-866-221-4141 for help with their website.

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GO Weekend 9/27-28: Hike-a-thon and Eco-Cache!

GOW_NoDate_LogoGO Weekend (Great Outdoor Weekend) is an annual event that presents opportunities for children and adults to sample the best outdoor recreation and nature awareness through programs available in the 8 counties surrounding the Cincinnati region. This fall there are more than 120 events available — all are free and open to the public.

In Oxford, there are two events to enjoy: MU’s Hike-a-thon on Saturday, 9/27 anytime from 9am thru 3pm and Three Valley’s Eco-Cache on Sunday, 9/28 anytime from 10am thru 3pm. For more information about the Hike-a-thon, please go here.

A lovely view of wetland at the "Edge of Farm" property.

A lovely view of wetland at the “Edge of Farm” property.

The Three Valley Eco-cache is Sunday, September 28th anytime from 10am thru 3pm!

You’ve heard of geo-caching? Well, we’re inviting you to an “eco-caching” event. Think of it as a treasure hunt while orienteering and learning a bit about a wonderful conservation area all at the same time!

This will be a family-oriented fun event with an environmental education spin to it. Drop by and visit the “Edge of the Farm” property at 5398 McCoy Road in Oxford, anytime from 10am to 3pm to get in on the fun.

Get out and GO on the WEEKEND of September 27th and the 28th!

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RSVP Online – now through October 17th!

2014 LogoThe Auction for Acres makes a triumphant return this year! On November 1st, 2014 we will gather at the Marcum Conference Center in Oxford for dinner by the bite and some truly wonderful auction items for both our live and silent auctions. Please consider coming to join us!

Now through October 17th, you can RSVP for the Auction for Acres here:
RSVP for our Auction for Acres!

May I whet your appetite?
Our Dinner by the Bite will be a buffet offering:
Apple & Brie Tart
Bacon Wrapped Artichokes
Butternut Squash Bisque Shooter with Grilled Gruyere Cheese Toast
Grilled Herbed Potato Skewers
Ham and Cheddar Hushpuppies with Honey Dijon Dipping Sauce
Individual Mac & Cheese
Pulled BBQ Brisket with Corn Cake
Roasted Vegetable Dagwood with Pesto Mayo
Seasonal Vegetable Assortment with Hummus
Smoked Turkey Dagwood with Pesto Mayo
and for dessert…
An Assortment of Mini Tarts: Pumpkin, Apple Cinnamon and Maple Pecan.

Stay tuned to this space and to our Auction for Acres Page for more information about auction items on offer!

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New Trails Open at Forest Run MetroPark in Ross Township

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NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 27, 2014 Submitted by: Kelly J. Barkley, Sr. Manager of Community Relations kbarkley@YourMetroParks.net 513-867-5835 (O) New Trails Open at Forest Run MetroPark in Ross Township Butler County, Ohio– (August 27, 2014) Over 3 miles of new hiking trails are now open at the Timberman Ridge Area of Forest Run MetroPark, located east of New London Road at 1976 Timberman Road, in Ross Township. Visitors can walk, jog or run on 3.7 miles of trails at this park site, which offers scenic views of the surrounding countryside. Catch and Release fishing is also available at several small ponds on the property. Park hours for all MetroParks begin at 8 a.m. and end at dusk. A MetroPark Motor Vehicle Permit is required. Motor Vehicle Permits are FREE to Butler County residents. Non-residents can purchase Motor Vehicle Permits for $5/daily or $10/annually. The Timberman Ridge Area of Forest Run MetroPark is a breathtaking property that is being preserved naturally for the benefit of all who wish take advantage a healthy and fun-filled place to interact with the natural world every day of the year. This public access provides not only the place but the opportunity to encourage people to discover and experience nature firsthand.

The Timberman Ridge area expansion of Forest Run MetroPark has been made possible as a result of a cooperative conservation effort between the following parties in 2012. • The Trust for Public Land • Richard J. Fitton Family Foundation • Three Valley Conservation Trust • Ohio Public Works Commission (Clean Ohio Conservation Fund) • MetroParks of Butler County.

Beginning today, the 3.7 mile trail system that has been created on the property for daily enjoyment will lead park customer/owners through an exceptional property filled with natural diversity that includes a wide variety of wildlife and plant species. Everything from songbirds to timber stands filled with nesting owls, a rolling terrain for mammals, wildflowers and the seasonal assets typical of Butler County can be enjoyed by those step across the threshold to into this natural paradise. The Timberman Ridge property will be continue to be managed for these existing habitats including grasslands, wetlands, woods, fencerows, riparian corridors/greenway links for the watershed. Once on the trail everyone will definitely want to pause to take in the breathtaking scenic overlook at the top of the ridge and view the panoramic vista. Three catch and release ponds are also available on the property for public use.

Improvements will continue to be made in the future, including the addition of picnic tables and the availability of a rentable shelter space. Beginning Wednesday, or anytime daily thereafter, access the Timberman Ridge Area of Forest Run MetroPark from the driveway at 1976 Timberman Road, Hamilton, OH 45013. The driveway entrance at 1976 Timberman has provided the necessary safe access point to allow regular visits to this property. Continue up the lane toward the building, which will become the Welcome Center Area of Forest Run MetroPark and used for public meeting space in the future. Once past the Welcome Center Area visitors should continue through the gates and past the barns to find ample public parking, a park information board to familiarize yourself with the property, the trail head access point and portable restrooms.

A more formal Grand Opening Ceremony will take place on the property on Saturday, October, 11, 2014, but MetroParks couldn’t wait another moment to let our customer/owners begin to enjoy the property! Additionally, programs are already scheduled to help the public truly enjoy this property. The first programs will be Hayrides during September! The Harvest Moon Hayrides will include a night time wagon ride, pumpkin hunting by flashlight, campfire stories, activities and yummy S’mores by the fire….all by the light of the moon. These evening hayrides will be available September 8 th -10 th from 8:30 pm -10 pm. Alternatively, if the dark isn’t a fit for your group, the whole gang can come on Sunday, September 7th from 3 pm – 5 pm. The activities offered are the same as the Harvest Moon Hayride; however, you won’t need the flashlight! Advance reservations are required for all Hayrides. For costs, additional details or registration information visit: www.YourMetroParks.net or call Visitor Services at (513) 867-5835.

Forest Run MetroPark also includes the following other activity areas: • Wildlife Preserve Area (north of New London Rd-Ross Township- borders The City of Hamilton) • Timberman Ridge Area (east of New London Rd-Ross Township- borders The City of Hamilton) • Little Dry Run Area (west of Timberman Rd-Ross Township) • Engel House Area – Administrative Office for MetroParks (Ross Township) Altogether Forest Run MetroPark consists of 337 acres of property. Established to compliment the work of state and local communities, MetroParks, a separate political subdivision of The State of Ohio, is organized to provide parks and recreation services to the citizens of Butler County. MetroParks is governed by a three member Board of volunteers, appointed by The County Probate Court, The Board of Park Commissioners. The Mission of MetroParks is to provide a superior park system that maximizes the community’s quality of life through conservation, education and recreation. For more information regarding MetroParks visit our website at: www.YourMetroParks.net.

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Cute Baby Turtles!

Laura Metz found these baby box turtles very close to one of the properties destined to be a metropark in Morgan Township, Butler County. Adorable!

So very tiny!  And a bit shy.

So very tiny! And a bit shy.

Remnants of the baby turtles' egg shells.

Remnants of the baby turtles’ egg shells.

A baby turtle face.  Hello little one!

A baby turtle face. Hello little one!

They even look cool underneath!

They even look cool underneath!

Two little turtle siblings.

Two little turtle siblings.

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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!

TVCT BumperMagnet

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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