TVCT Invites You to EarthFest, April 18, Oxford

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Three Valley Conservation Trust is celebrating its 20th Year

Three Valley Conservation Trust (TVCT) is celebrating its 20th as a Conservation organization and has left a lasting, positive impact in southwest Ohio. TVCT is the perpetual steward of 163 properties: 160 conservation easements and 3 fee simple. Our main service area covers 3 counties, but we actually hold easements in 7 counties.

Since TVCT began purchasing easements in 2003 with Federal, State, and Local conservation funds, We have been the direct conduit into the local economy of approximately $28,183,149. On average, that is approximately 2.5 million dollars per year that has gone to paying off mortgages, buying more land and/or equipment, sending kids to college and/or saving for retirement.

Conservation efforts continued in 2014 with the closing of 14 new properties; 10 for the Paddys Run Conservation Project (Butler Co.), 1 in Preble County, 1 in Montgomery County, and 2 properties in Butler County, totaling 1,219 acres. Each property is unique, and the group boasts diverse combinations of agricultural land, natural habitat, forested hillsides, creek frontage, and prime open space.

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Artist Series Tickets – For Sale to Benefit TVCT!

We have some tickets to the Miami Regional Artist Series in Middletown, Hamilton and one in Oxford, that are available for sale to benefit Three Valley Conservation Trust (see details below). Do you think you want two or more of the tickets listed below? Call (513) 524-2150 or email Bonnie at bkretschmer@3vct.org and give us your best offer! First come, first serve – as long as the offer is reasonable.

Thank-you for your support!
Bonnie

Four Tickets to Balsam Range and Helen Highwater on Saturday, 2/28/15 at 7:30pm at the Parrish Auditorium at Miami University Hamilton.
Balsam RangeBalsam Range mixes elements of jazz, country, gospel, swing and old-time music into the fresh sound of this unique, Southern band which has received numerous top honors in the 2014 IBMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year. Helen Highwater has been described as “the tough, whimsical goddess of string band music” and she will be performing with a band she assembled out of veteran Nashville Bluegrass musicians.
 

Two tickets to Cassandra Wilson sings Billie Holiday Friday, 3/13/15 7:30pm at Hall Auditorium at Miami University Oxford.
CassandraWilson300Cassandra Wilson is an American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi. Described by critic Gary Giddins as “a singer blessed with an unmistakable timbre and attack [who has] expanded the playing field” by incorporating blues, country, and folk music into her work. Cassandra Wilson has won two Grammy Awards.
 

Six Tickets to Carlos Munoz with April Verch on Saturday, 3/14/15 at 7:30pm in the Dave Finkelman Auditorium at Miami University Middletown.
Carlos_Nunez2April_Verch2Carlos Núñez comes from Galicia, the Celtic region in the North West of Spain. Billboard Magazine calls him the Jimi Hendrix of bagpipes. April Verch is in the second decade of her career as an internationally touring Canadian fiddler, step dancer and singer-songwriter.

Four Tickets to the Travelin’ Mccourys and the Gibson Brothers on Saturday, 4/11/15 at 7:30pm in the Dave Finkelman Auditorium at Miami University Middletown.
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As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father’s work—a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives.
 

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Steve Leftridge of PopMatters described The Gibson Brothers this way: “Eric and Leigh Gibson might have, pound-for-pound, the most impeccably fine-sounding traditional bluegrass band on the contemporary scene.”

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Dave Nolin Receives Conservationist of the Year Award

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L to R: Eric Sauer, Dave Nolin, Eric Hollins

Dave Nolin received the Wallace I. Edwards Conservationist of the Year Award at the Three Valley Conservation Trust Annual Meeting on January 31 at the Fitton Center in Hamilton.

Dave Nolin, conservation director for Five Rivers MetroParks in Montgomery County Ohio, has worked tirelessly for almost 30 years preserving and restoring natural spaces in the Miami Valley. His commitment to conservation initiatives of all scales and scopes, both locally and nationally, has been unwavering. While working with Five Rivers MetroParks; Dave has also been involved with organizations such as the Beavercreek Wetlands, Glen Helen Nature Center, Three Valley Conservation Trust and numerous academic research projects through Wright State University. His collaboration with other public and non-profit conservation groups as well as the local academic community has earned respect for Five Rivers MetroParks and Dave’s work as a conservationist.

Dave has been a leader in recognizing that conservation easements and other landowner agreements help support Five Rivers MetroParks’ mission of protecting the Miami Valley’s natural heritage. This is one of the areas in which Dave has worked with Three Valley Conservation Trust, helping establish conservation easements that protect productive farmland, conservation areas along river corridors and sensitive natural features deserving of protection as a part of the region’s natural heritage.

Thanks to his efforts, thousands of acres of native habitat have been protected and restored. These accomplishments have led to bringing new and increasing audiences into Five Rivers MetroParks facilities to enjoy hiking, wildlife watching, biking, boating, fishing and volunteer opportunities. Many of these outdoor pursuits are opportunities that, years ago, would not have been linked with living in Dayton or Montgomery County. Dave’s contribution to expanding these opportunities has changed how many residents look at this region from an outdoor recreation perspective. Dave has simultaneously established guidelines that assure these activities are conducted in ways that don’t threaten the natural integrity of these parklands, as he understands the responsibility to pass on these parklands to future generations in a healthy and sustainable condition.

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Annual Meeting RSVP Deadline Extended!

Hays and Donna giving an inspiring keynote address last year!
With the holiday and the move, invitations got out a bit closer to the Annual Meeting date than we had hoped, so we’re extending the RSVP deadline to Monday, January 26th at Noon! All members and interested guests are welcome to attend our 20th Annual Meeting.

The Three Valley Conservation Trust Annual Meeting will be:
Saturday, January 31st, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
at Hamilton’s Fitton Center for the Performing Arts

For directions, more information and registration online, please go here.
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You are also welcome to RSVP via email or phone and pay at the door. But if you do that, please leave a full name for each person and choose an entree for each person. The entrees will be:

Chicken: Pesto chicken with twice baked potatoes
Vegetarian: Pesto pasta with vegetables

We look forward to sharing this year’s accomplishments and celebrating our 20th anniversary with our membership and friends!

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TVCT Annual Meeting to Spotlight 20 years of Conservation

SchlichterFarm4Registration is now open for the Three Valley Conservation Trust Annual Meeting, to be held on Saturday, January 31, 5:30pm – 8:30pm at the Fitton Center for the Creative Arts 101 S Monument Ave, Hamilton, OH 45011 (map)

All Three Valley Conservation Trust Members are invited to review the year and vote on new board members. Interested guests are also welcome to attend. Register online at 3vct.org or via phone at (513) 524-2150 between December 9th and January 20th – cost is $30 per person and dinner choice is Chicken or Vegetarian Pasta.

To find out more go to: http://www.3vct.org/?page_id=1635

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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!

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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!

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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!http://www.3vct.org/?page_id=50

 

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

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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.

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