It’s all new for October

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

img_1029_croppedHound Hike – On Sat. Oct 8 at 10am, bring your sociable canine to the Great Miami River (Recreation) Trail and join other doggie friends on a fun hound hike. We will provide waste bags for you to stoop and scoop. Dogs receive a prize at end of hike! All dogs must be on a 6-foot leash with up-to-date vaccinations. For more information call (513) 867-5835 Ext. 301.

Salamander Run Invasives Workshop – Anyone with an interest in controlling invasive plants such as honeysuckle, Autumn-olive or Callery Pear is invited to attend an invasive plants workshop at Salamander Run Preserve on Sunday, October 23 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The workshop will emphasize question and answer discussion with several experts and on-site demonstrations.

And of course – our Ruder Preserve Work Days continue with our next one being a marathon, two shift (9am-1pm and 1pm to 5pm) work day on Saturday October 22nd.  Come for a shift and have some lunch on us!

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Learn About Local Wine and Support Conservation, October 12


Let’s celebrate fall and raise a glass for conservation on October 12, 6-8:30 PM. Mike Patterson of the Cru wine bar has put together a wine-tasting evening that will feature Valley Vineyards Wines of Morrow, Ohio. A fundraiser for Three Valley Conservation Trust,  the cost for the event is $40 per person and include 5 wines and matched food.

The Cru is located at,105 W Spring St, Oxford, Ohio. There is room for 35 people so please give us a call if you plan to attend, 513-524-2150.


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DoGood and Applejack are Protected

dsc02834DoGood (197.2ac) and Applejack (72.9ac) are two farms that are part of the Hesselbrock family’s operations in the Fernald project area. Both farms are predominately prime agricultural lands supporting corn and soybean production. The DoGood farm includes almost 20 acres of woodland parcels that protect forested wetlands, salamander breeding pools and Indiana bat habitat.  A conservation easement on these properties will protect in perpetuity the existing woodland and forested wetland habitats. Present benefits of erosion protection, surface water quality, stormwater infiltration and groundwater recharge will also be permanently protected.

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Hike and Pie at the Ruder Preserve!

Sun. Sept. 25 – 4pm to 5:30pm
Arrive on time for this guided hike and then join us afterwards for a slice of delicious pie. The preserve is in the middle of a restoration process which is beginning with the removal of invasive species in progress. Please park at the old water facility, 5223 Bonham Road, Oxford, OH. The entrance to the Ruder Preserve is across from the entrance to Miami University’s Yager Stadium at Bonham Road and Shadowy Hills Drive.  Please wear appropriate hiking shoes/clothing, bring water and consider wearing sunscreen and/or insect repellent. No Pre-Registration Required. For more information call Bonnie at (513) 524-2150 or email her at

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The First 100 Newly Protected Acres in 2016

fliehmancroppedIn January and May of this year new easements protected three new properties through the Paddys Run Conservation Project.

The Kusil Trust protected a property they bought with the proceeds earned from their 143-acre easement.  It’s 27 acres in Morgan Township of beautiful, prime soils that may also turn out to be an archeological site.

The Fliehman Farm is a 48 acre property in Harrison that is a highly productive farm which also contains 7.5 acres of natural habitat (where Howard Creek runs through the property) home to native species of frogs and fish.

The Miller property is a 42 acre property that was protected and sold to the Great Parks of Hamilton county with a 25% matching grant from the Paddys Run Conservation Project.  It will become part of the Miami Whitewater Park and planted as a prairie.

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Everyone can help at Ruder Preserve

suellen-and-terry-croppedThis fall is going to be a busy time for the Ruder Preserve restoration project.  We have 5 days set up for honeysuckle removal this fall (see schedule below) and we could use all kinds of help!  Here are some of the things we could use:

  • 20160719_203815Chain saws and people who know how to use them, particularly on Sunday Sept. 18th – we have two groups coming, which may number 30-40 students, and would like to split them up into 5-6 groups of 6, with a person wielding a chain saw with each group. Can you help?
  • People to help paint stumps and haul honeysuckle into piles on two other important dates, Saturday Oct. 22 and Nov. 12. We have abut 15-20 students coming each day and would love to have other community and Three Valley volunteers to help and meet these wonderful helpers.
  • randyericsquareFood for our willing volunteers – if you don’t or can’t do the physical work of this project, would you be willing to provide lunch? A grassy area at the entrance of the Ruder Preserve is a nice spot to spread out a light lunch of sandwiches or pizza and drinks.  Although it is not a necessity to feed our volunteers, it goes a long way toward showing our appreciation for their help and making them want to come back and help again

If you can offer any of these things, please contact the TVCT office (513-524-2150) or Donna McCollum (513-756-0202 or

So THANKS, in advance, for whatever help you can give.  And we hope to see you at some of these volunteer days:

Sunday, September 18th, 9am to Noon

Saturday, October 22nd, 9 am to 1 pm (lunch provided)

Saturday, October 22nd, 1 pm to 5 pm  (lunch provided)

Saturday, November 12th, 9 am to 1 pm

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Thanks for the Memories!

Our summer series was a  lot of fun this year.  Thanks for coming out and enjoying nature with us on Wednesdays!  Here are some more excursions outdoors in September (when it’s cooler!) for you to enjoy with us:

Sun., Sept. 18th, 9am to Noon – Ruder Preserve Workday
Sat., Sept. 24th, 3pm to 5pm – GOW: Hike Salamander Run
Sun., Sept. 25th, 4pm to 5:30pm – GOW: Hike and Pie at the Ruder Preserve

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Prairie Ramble and Potluck is ON for today

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

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

August 31st from 6 to 8pm – Prairie Ramble and Cookout

Yep!  Rain or shine, we’ll at least have the cookout.  Hopefully the weather will treat us kindly (at the moment the odds are roughly 50/50) and we’ll do the ramble as well (or perhaps even in the rain!).  We’re excited to see you and learn what you thought about the summer series.

Enjoy an end-of-the-summer cookout, followed by a ramble through the prairie to see what’s out at the Edge of the Farm Conservation Area.  Bring a side to share.  We’ll meet at 6pm at the Edge of Farm Nature Preserve located at 5398 McCoy Road, Oxford, OH  45056.

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Help Today – Cabbages for Food Banks

CabbagesDo you want to help?

Ohio Farm Bureau board member Lane Osswald and family have a cabbage crop that will be donated to the Ohio Association of Food Banks. They are organizing volunteers to help with the harvest at their farm in Preble County. They are looking for  people who could help this afternoon, Aug. 30, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. There are other volunteer needs throughout this week, too.

Please call Ohio Farm Bureau for more details at 614-246-8241.

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On the Horizon

SRP Agnes StormLightThere are many events on the horizon that you can look forward to enjoying.  They are:
Sat., Sept. 24th, 3pm to 5pm – GOW: Hike Salamander Run
Sun., Sept. 25th, 4pm to 5:30pm – GOW: Hike and Pie at the Ruder Preserve
Sat., Oct. 22nd, 9am to 1pm – Ruder Preserve Workday
Sat., Oct. 22nd, 1pm to 5pm – Ruder Preserve Workday
Sun., Oct. 23rd, 2pm to 4pm – Salamander Run Invasives Workshop
Sat., Nov. 12th, 9am to 1pm – Ruder Preserve Workday
Sat., Nov. 12th, 5:30 to 8:30pm – Auction for Acres at the Fitton Center in Hamilton
Sat., Jan. 28th, 2017 – Annual Membership Meeting at the Knolls of Oxford

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