Welcome New Board Members!

Thanks Donna, Neil, Ed and Amy for your service on the Board; we are grateful to have your support and leadership. Let’s meet them:
Donna McCollumDonna McCollum (2017) – Partial Term
– Retired educator and stream and wetland ecologist
– Lifelong educator from kindergarten thru middle school, high school, college and adults
– Restoring 30+ acres of prairies, wetlands and forest with her husband, hundreds of students and friends
– Looking forward to building a unique retirement place in Florida
– Long known as a tree hugger

Neil Poppendeck SquareNeil Poppendeck (2017) – Partial Term
– Retired Podiatric Physician after 17 years in practice
– Retired Pharmacist after 10 years
– 22 years on a 21 acre Registered American Tree Farm
– 8 years on Audubon Miami Valley Board
– 3 years on Environmental Mobile Unit Board
– He and his wife (Mary) have successfully removed invasive species from their tree farm

Ed TeetsEd Teets (2018)
– Retired public school educator, presently working for Morgan Twp., Butler Co. as Township Administrator/Zoning Administrator for the past 11 years
– Has lived in Morgan Township since 1975 with his wife (Jan) who retired from being a nursing instructor at Miami University
– They are avid tandem bicycle riders and have three grown children and two grandchildren

Amy Weber SquareAmy Weber (2018)
– Recent graduate of The Ohio State University with M.S. in Ecology focusing on freshwater mussels
– Research associate at Ohio State University for 6+ years managing aquatic ecology laboratories.
– Major conservation goal is to preserve riparian and headwater stream habitats to protect important biota and water quality
– Enjoys gardening, hiking, and biking


Want to Protect Your Land?

square 200pxl three guysAre you interested in permanently protecting your farm so that you and future generations can keep farming? Three Valley Conservation Trust is accepting applications for the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Office of Farmland Preservation Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP) for Butler and Preble counties. The 2016 funding round application deadline is January 28.


Questions? Contact TVCT at 513-524-2150 or lwoedl@3vct.org.


Breaking News: Registration/RSVP Deadline extended!

IMG_1013 croppedThat Annual Meeting registration deadline sure sneaked up on us (as I noticed when I published the blog post yesterday), so we’re extending the deadline to give people more time to register. Hooray!

The new Registration/RSVP deadline is Thursday, January 21st!
To register online, download the directions/parking details or see the menu, please click here.

As mentioned in the previous post, your prompt registration or RSVP (by the new deadline) helps us make sure we have food for everyone. If you plan to pay for your admission at the door (cash or check only please), please RSVP to Bonnie at (513) 524-2150 or bkretschmer@3vct.org by the deadline.

Parking passes will be emailed or mailed to you (by Bonnie at TVCT) on or before Tuesday, January 26th (but not before the 22nd). When you register or RSVP, please also let us know if you need accessible parking located very close to the venue. A limited number of accessible spaces are available in the Shriver Center circle drive, for those with state-issued, blue accessible parking permits, but they must be requested in advance. Please contact Bonnie at the phone and email above. Thanks!


Join us for the Annual Membership Meeting on January 30th!

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The Three Valley Conservation Trust Annual Meeting is just around the corner!
When: January 30th, 2016 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: The Heritage Room at the Shriver Center on Miami University’s Oxford campus.
What: Good food, friends, neighbors and a Board Member election. Join us!

For online registration, parking information and menu, please click here.

Hurry! The registration deadline is January 15th. Please know that your prompt RSVP (even if registration comes later) helps us ensure that we have enough food for everyone. If you plan to pay at the door (cash or check), please RSVP directly to Bonnie Kretschmer at (513) 524-2150 or bkretschmer@3vct.org.

Do you like door prizes? We will have several door prizes this year: two Kroger gift certificates and a free family pass to the Cincinnati Nature Center!

M BoardmanBreaking News! We are really excited to be able to announce that Dr. Mark Boardman from Miami University’s Geology and Environmental Earth Science Department has agreed to give our keynote speech for the annual meeting. He plans to talk to us about climate change in a way that is both informative and empowering. We look forward to hearing about what we can do to help our world face what is arguably the biggest challenge of the coming century.
Come meet, talk to and and vote upon our slate of prospective Board members: Donna McCollum, Neil Poppendeck, Ed Teets and Amy Weber. We are excited to welcome these new, committed board members into our volunteer family.

Many thanks to our outgoing Board members: Cal Conrad, Marlene Hoffman, Graham Mitchell and Kandy Witte. We greatly appreciate your support over the past several years; your knowledge and dedication to Three Valley Conservation Trust has been invaluable!

Want Swag?
We will have lots of TVCT merchandise available for purchase at the annual meeting.
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The cost is only $5
…but is FREE to all paid members and donors!
Be proud! Brag about your Three Valley Conservation Trust membership for all the world to see, by placing this fine bumper magnet on the backside of your car. Everyone waiting at that stoplight behind you will be totally jealous and imbued with a sense of awe.
ToteBag - Megan Want a Tote Bag?
The cost is only $20
Shop in style and comfort with a couple strong, roomy and machine washable tote bags made from recycled bottles. Also, know what? This bag is great for carrying books and other heavy objects. It even takes on dirty outdoor tasks – like lugging garden tools or trash pickup, because it can be washed and sanitized to be just like new!
IMG_0531 Want a Mug?
The cost is only $30
Each of these quality hand-thrown mugs were made in Ohio. Support Three Valley with every sip of coffee, tea or cocoa this winter! This mug is conversation piece you will be proud to have in your home. It’s practical and pretty – it’s dishwasher safe and available in several lovely colors (sadly, the green and light blue have sold out).
Lastly – we also hope to have one more surprise item available for sale… stay tuned!


LAEPP Informational Sessions

DryForkfromTysonBridgeCroppedAre you an owner of agricultural land in Butler 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 Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Office of Farmland Preservation’s Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP) in early December at informational sessions in Butler and Preble Counties.

Come learn about this unique program to help protect and preserve quality farmland in our communities.

Butler County: December 8th, 2015 at 7pm.
Butler SWCD Office, 1802 Princeton Road, Hamilton, OH 45011
Conference Rm. C

Preble County: December 9th, 2015 at 7pm.
Preble County Educational Service Center, 597 Hillcrest Dr., Eaton, OH 45320
Rms. 104 & 105

The last day to apply for the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Office of Farmland Preservation’s Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP) is January 28, 2016

If your land is in Montgomery County and you are interested in learning about and/or participating in LAEPP 2016, please contact Montgomery Soil and Water Conservation District at (937) 854-7675. MSWCD is the LAEPP 2016 Local Sponsor for Montgomery County.


Nominate A Conservationist You Admire!

It just takes a one-page letter sent in by December 18th! If more documents are required, the committee will contact you later. Reward a conservationist that you know and admire!


A Green Friday Special!

Sow biodiversity all morning, then spend the whole afternoon feeling great about conservation! Randy Evans and Steve Gordon will be at Salamander Run to ensure a great morning for all.Salamander Run-Green Friday Flyer 151120(kjb) approved


The Auction for Acres is Saturday November 14th!

2014 Auction 1That’s right! The time has come and we couldn’t be more excited. The Auction for Acres is this weekend!
Are you coming to join us?

November 14th, 2015
5:30pm to 9:30pm
The Fitton Center for the Creative Arts

101 South Monument Ave
Hamilton, Ohio 45011

Want the low-down on the auction items available?
For LIVE auction items, click here. We’re really excited to be offering almost $10,000 in trips, dinners, wine tastings, art and local meats!
For SILENT auction items, click here. We have food and wine valued at almost $700, Art worth well over $1000, Experiences and Services worth almost $2700 and Goods and Jewelry worth almost $3000. Lots of fun and unique things for every lifestyle and taste!

Want to know more about the auction? Check out our Auction Page.

Official registration is now closed.
If you would like to attend, please contact Bonnie at bkretschmer@3vct.org or (513) 524-2150. Please be aware that Bonnie will not be in the office after 3pm on Friday.


Weather Update!

Due to the rain today, the volunteer tree planting event at Salamander has been cancelled for today, October 27. We would still love volunteer help on the October 31 and November 7 planting dates. See you there!


Want to get your hands dirty?

Butler County MetroParks, in conjunction with the Paddy’s Run Conservation Project, still have more native species planting workdays ahead! Come join us on Tuesday, October 27th, Saturday, October 31st and Saturday, November 7th from 11am to 3pm. See the flyer below for more details: