Women of Wine Dinner at Cru

Cru Gastro Lounge will be hosting a:

Women of Wine Dinner

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 6pm

Cru will feature 6 wines from wineries that are either owned by women or where the winemaker is a woman.  It is a growing and fascination segment of the wine industry and you will want to get your reservations today as seating is limited!  As we do at Cru Gasto Lounge, Chef Asa Adriatico will make 5 courses to pair with these fine wines from around the world and the centerpiece of the evening will be a presentation by one of these wonderful wineries.

We are happy to announce that we will be sponsoring this event and that part of the proceeds from this event will support our mission!  Our Board Chair, Mark Boardman, will be on hand to talk about Three Valley Conservation Trust’s latest projects.

Only $30.00 per person – reservations are required.
Call or Text 513-273-8013 to place a reservation.

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It’s Time To RSVP for the Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting page is up and it’s time to RSVP.  All our many different methods for RSVP-ing or Registering are listed on the Annual Meeting page, but here’s some cool info!

Please RSVP by the end of the day on Wednesday, January 25th.

Would you like to make a Save An Acre donation?  Please click here.

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It’s All New for January

That’s right, the Conservation Connection page has been updated through the end of January 2017 with lots of cool events in our neighborhood.  In particular:

fernald-preserveAudubon’s Field Trip to the Fernald Preserve on Sunday, January 15 – meet at 8am in the Oxford TJ Maxx parking lot) to carpool to the Fernald Preserve.   The 1,050-acre Fernald Preserve, managed by the U.S. Department of Energy, is located on the site of a former uranium processing facility that ceased operations in 1989. Comprehensive environmental remediation and ecological restoration of the site was completed in 2006 at a cost of $4.4 billion–one of the largest environmental cleanup operations ever undertaken in U.S. history.  Pack food if desired and bring binoculars if possible.  No Pre-Registration Required.

Mystery of the Winter Woods – On Saturday, January 28 (from 10am to Noon), join the Butler County MetroParks at Trenton’s CHF Augspurger House to learn winter tree ID skills, then head outside for an easy stroll with your new found knowledge.  Activities for all ages.  Free program. Refreshments will be served.  Co-sponsored with OSU extension, Friends of MetroParks and Friends of Chrisholm.  No Pre-Registration Required.

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USDA Expands Conservation Reserve Program

SchlichterFarm4Your county’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) office (www.fsa.usda.gov/conservation) will have more details on how you can apply for USDA’s expanded Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

The USDA is adding an additional 1.1 million acres targeted to benefit wildlife, pollinators and wetlands through a new conservation initiative known as Clean Lakes, Estuaries and Rivers (CLEAR) will assist landowners with the cost of building bioreactors and saturated buffers that filter nitrates and other nutrients from tile-drained cropland. Early estimates indicate that CLEAR could help to reduce nitrate runoff by as much as 40 percent over traditional conservation methods. CLEAR may cover up to 90 percent of the cost to install these new practices through incentives and cost-share. These new methods are especially important in areas where traditional buffers have not been enough to prevent nutrients from reaching bodies of water.

USDA will also add an additional 1.1 million acres to a number of key CRP practices that are critically important to wildlife and conservation. These include 700,000 acres for State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) efforts, which restore high-priority wildlife habitat tailored to a specific state’s needs.  In addition to SAFE, 300,000 acres will be added to target wetlands restoration that are nature’s water filters and 100,000 acres for pollinator habitat that support 30 percent of agricultural production.

To learn more about FSA’s conservation programs, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/conservation or contact your local FSA office.

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Apply for ODA Easement Funding

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Landowners in Butler and Preble County may apply for the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Office of Farmland Preservation’s Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP) from January 2, 2017 through February 15th, 2017.

As the second highest awardee in the state, The Three Valley Conservation Trust (TVCT) has an estimated $496,854 to distribute to agricultural landowners in Butler and Preble Counties through the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP). The pre-selection for interested landowners will begin on January 2nd and close on February 15th. Please call at (513) 524-2150 or email TVCT at landpro@3cvt.org for more information.

The LAEPP allows local landowners to voluntarily sell property development rights via agricultural an easement to the State of Ohio. The easement limits the use of land to predominately agricultural activity. The land remains under private ownership and management, and stays on tax rolls under Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV). The farmland can be sold or passed along as a gift to others at any time, but restrictions prohibiting non-agricultural development stay with the land in perpetuity. For more information go to: http://www.3vct.org/?page_id=275.

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Thank-you 2016 Volunteers!

ruder_team2016-09-croppedWe depend of the hard work of volunteers to do MANY, MANY things here at Three Valley.  Volunteers help us monitor properties, restore native prairies and woodlands, create maps, assemble mailings, run events and serve on our Board of Directors.  You are all essential!

Thank-you!

While I haven’t finished tallying the hours our volunteers have put in over the whole of 2016 (and there may yet be more volunteer hours to count), I can safely say that more than 100 people put in several hundred hours to help us this year.  So very impressive.

I’d also like to take this moment to particularly thank the stalwart crew of mailing volunteers who helped me this week.  They are: Mark Boardman, Steve Gordon, Pat Kaufman, Jessica Kopp, Jan Krebs, Tad Liechty, Neil Poppendeck, Betty Rogers, Jerry Stanley, Holly and Tom Wissing.  These kind people spent all week this week – 21 hours in 9 shifts (most for more than one shift!) assembling an end of the year mailing that was roughly 5 times the size of a normal mailing – each piece with several enclosures.  I am so very grateful for each of you who helped.

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Holiday Office Hours

2010-02-08-05-40-35It’s the holidays! 

Our office staff are traveling to visit relatives and caring for children on break from school, so it is likely that only one or two people will be in the office on any given day during the next two weeks (from Monday, December 19th through Friday, December 30, 2016).

Our office will be closed on Monday, December 26, 2016 and on Monday January 2, 2017.

Should both people in the office need to do fieldwork, attend a meeting elsewhere and/or check our post office box, they will have to lock the office while they are away.  If you plan to visit our office over the next two weeks, please call ahead.  We want to be sure we’re here to greet you.

Thanks so much for all your interest and support in 2016!

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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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