An Ample Vessel for Cheer and Goodwill

IMG_0531Celebrate 20 Years of Southwestern Ohio Land Conservation with a Limited Edition Three Valley Conservation Trust mug! Handcrafted by Rock Riffle Run Pottery in Shade, Ohio.

Our gift to you for a designated Save-An-Acre donation of at least $500 from now until the Annual Meeting, January 31, 2015. Also available for purchase at $30 each!


Herons Protected on 185-acre Farm

HPIM0995For over two decades, TVCT has considered the Tom Sargero property on Hogue Road a high priority because of its unique conservation value. Easement acquisition was pursued mightily by our founder Wally Edwards who once even made a doctor’s appointment with Dr. Sargero just to get a time to meet with him. The Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Ohio Public Works Commission funded the project.

The property is situated due east and downstream of Butler County’s Four Mile Creek MetroPark, Davidson Woods area. The Great Blue Heron rookery, with approximately 100 nests, is near the northern part of the property along Four Mile Creek and is one of the largest in southwest Ohio. The bottomland hardwood forest is an important component of this property. There are very large older growth sycamore, cottonwood, ash, and black walnut trees.

TVCT is grateful for the vision and hard work of all the people who helped bring closure to this accomplishment over many years: the landowner, funding agencies, legal advisors, and TVCT staff, board members and volunteers. Thank you!


December 2nd is Giving Tuesday

SchlichterFarm4Help us mark Giving Tuesday on December 2nd by joining us in giving back to people and organizations for whom you are thankful! To give thanks for our members, Three Valley Conservation Trust is offering a snazzy free Bumper Magnet to any member (up to two for household memberships) and on this day only – shipping is free! Do you have a friend who would like to become a first-time member? We’re also offering a one day only discount on new household memberships (just $35!). Let’s celebrate giving on December 2nd!



LAEPP Info. Sessions to be held December 2nd and 4th

Three Valley Conservation Trust has been awarded Local Sponsorship in Butler County and Preble County for the 2015 Ohio Department of Agriculture’s (ODA) Office of Farmland Preservation Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP). As the second highest awardee in the state, TVCT has an estimated $605,001 to distribute to local agricultural landowners through LAEPP.

Are you an owner of agricultural land in Butler County or Preble County? Are you interested in permanently protecting that land so that you and future generations can keep farming? If so, please join Three Valley Conservation Trust as we present the Who, What, Where, and How of the ODA’s Office of Farmland Preservation Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP) in early December at informational sessions in Butler County and Preble County.

Preble County: December 2, 2014 at 7pm.
Preble County Educational Service Center, 597 Hillcrest Dr., Eaton, OH 45320
Rms. 104 & 105

Butler County: December 4, 2014 at 7pm.
Butler SWCD Office, 1802 Princeton Road, Hamilton, OH 45011
Conference Rm. C

For more information see “Easement Programs (under our “Protecting Land” tab).

MontCountySoilWaterIf your land is in Montgomery County and you are interested in learning about and/or participating in LAEPP 2015, please contact Montgomery Soil and Water Conservation District at (937) 854-7675. MSWCD is the LAEPP 2015 Local Sponsor for Montgomery County.


Auction for Acres – Saturday November 1st, 2014

2014 LogoAs the auction approaches, our excitement mounts! That said, our RSVP date has passed. If you want to attend but have not RSVP’d, please call Bonnie at (513) 524-2150 between 9a.m. and 3p.m. weekdays.

What’s on offer at this auction?
Glad you asked!
Here’s our full 2014 Auction Catalog!

Just want the schedule?
Not a problem!
Auction for Acres Schedule (November 1st, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.):
5:30 p.m. Silent Auction and Bar Opens
6:30 p.m. Dinner by the Bite Opens
6:50 p.m. GREEN Auction Table Closes
7:10 p.m. BLUE Auction Table Closes
7:30 p.m. PURPLE Auction Table Closes
7:50 p.m. RED Auction Table Closes
(Brief Trust presentation)
8:00 p.m. Live Auction begins
This year we will have four tables of auction items which will close in sequence!
Didn’t get something you wanted on the Green Table? Maybe there’s something similar on one of the other tables. Listen to the announcements to make sure you’ve got that winning bid in before the table closes!


Would you like to skip the Check-out line?

2014 LogoAt the Auction for Acres on November 1st, you can skip the check-out line!

If you’d rather not check-out on the evening of November 1st, that’s not a problem – we can charge your credit card for you! At the end of the night all you need do is collect your winnings and head to your car. How does it work? Let me explain:

  • When you arrive, we will file your completed registration card with your bidder number.
  • At night’s end, you are free to take your winnings with you and leave the event on your own schedule!
  • Your winning bid(s) will be billed to your credit card in the week following the auction.
  • You will receive an itemized thank-you letter/tax receipt in the mail. If you have any questions or concerns about the charges posted to your account, you can contact Bonnie Kretschmer at (513) 524-2150 or
    We’re committed to making the 2014 Auction for Acres an enjoyable experience for everyone! Registration Cards will be available at Check-In, but if you’d like to fill one out ahead of time, feel free to download this one and print it out: Auction Registration Card


    Our Annual Member Picnic: Saturday, October 4th at Noon

    BC Indian Creek Shelter
    Three Valley’s Annual Membership Picnic is Coming up! It’s on Saturday, October 4th from 12 to 2 pm at Butler County MetroParks’ Indian Creek Preserve. Please plan to come join us!

    BC Indian Creek Play This year, the Annual Membership Picnic will be held just south of Oxford at Butler County MetroParks’ lovely Indian Creek Mayer Picnic Shelter in Reily Township (for driving directions, scroll to the bottom of this post). It boasts a playground for the kids and plenty of space for outdoor fun, so we should totally take advantage of that. Does anybody have a cornhole set they want to bring? Frisbee? We’re always open to suggestions….

    CoffeeWaterJointLogoWe have a group parking permit and will provide grill-ables (hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers), buns and condiments. Lovely, hot, locally-brewed, high-quality coffee will be provided courtesy of the Oxford Coffee Company and water will be provided by the City of Hamilton (who bottle their award-winning municipal water) – many thank-yous to our generous contributors: the Oxford Coffee Company and the City of Hamilton!

    If you would, please bring a dish to share and any other drinks you’d like (do not bring alcoholic drinks as it is against park regulations and the terms of our permit). We will have plastic-wear, plates and napkins – but you’re encouraged to bring your own (plates and such), if you’re so inclined. Oh – and one last FYI for bringing sides: there’s no electricity available.

    Kindly RSVP to Bonnie at (513) 524-2150 or so that we can make sure that we have enough grill-ables on hand to feed everyone. Also consider volunteering to set up, tear down or be grill master (we’d particularly appreciate the latter!).

    Thanks so much to our members for all their support throughout the year! We’re looking forward to a wonderful opportunity for fun and fellowship on October 4th.

    Use the 6500 Springfield Road Entrance to the park.
    Mayer Picnic Shelter

    From North or South:
    Take 732 to Main Street in Reily.
    Turn West (Right from Oxford; Left from Okeana) onto Main Street.
    Turn Right (or North) onto Springfeild Road.
    Take the next Right into the park at 6500 Springfield Road.
    Follow the drive to the parking lot for the picnic shelter.

    From Indiana:
    Take Oxford Pike or State Route 252 to State Line Road (Right from Oxford Pike; Left from 252).
    Turn East onto Springfeild Road (Left from Oxford Pike; Right from 252).
    6500 Springfeild Road is about 2 miles further on the Left.
    Turn Left and follow the drive to the parking lot for the picnic shelter.

    From East:
    Take Stahlheber Road West to Reily Millville Road.
    Turn Right onto Reily Millville Road.
    Follow the road as it merges with Main Street in Reily.
    Turn Right (or North) onto Springfeild Road.
    Take the next Right into the park at 6500 Springfield Road.
    Follow the drive to the parking lot for the picnic shelter.


    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:
    If you need to create an Online Kroger Account, go here:

    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.


    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!