We at Three Valley Conservation Trust (TVCT) really need the help of volunteers to make our organization run! Please consider contacting us with a commitment to helping – read on for a list of ways you can help us protect land!
Event Implementation – The Annual Meeting is coming up! Would you like to help set-up, tear down and/or deal with other logistics before the event? There are many varied tasks that can be done from shopping to place cards to decorating the venue to taking photos. Let us know if you’d like to help!
Mailing Help – We have another newsletter coming up! We’d love some help folding, labeling and sealing it. If you can’t do it this time, please let us know if you’d like to help us with future mailings. We always need hands to help us stuff envelopes and get newsletters out the door! We promise fun conversation and a beautiful view out the windows. Can’t do it this time? Give us your name and we’ll contact you next time!
Tabling Help – The outdoor event season is drawing to a close, but it will be spring before we know it and there will be Earth Day, County Fairs and other outdoor events and festivals where we’d love to have a presence. Would you like to help engage the public on our behalf? If you feel unable to set the display up for yourself, we’ll be happy to find someone to set-up and tear down for you.
Office Help – We have lots of filing and a little data entry that we would love help with! There are many old files that simply need to be boxed up and stored – others that need to go into those newly cleared-out cabinets. If you’d like to help us create order in the office – we need you!! We can promise you coffee and some truly wonderful views.
There are lots of other ways in which you can help us – these are just a few! If you’ve got a few hours to spend on a good cause, we can use you. Not only now, but throughout 2014! If you’d like to help, please email Bonnie at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Bonnie at (513) 524-2150.
Miami University’s Student Organization “Green Oxford” will be bar-tending at Kona Bistro on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 from 6pm to 9pm as a fundraiser on behalf of Three Valley Conservation Trust (TVCT). We greatly thank them for thinking of us and for their willingness to work on our behalf!
SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, December 4th from 6pm to 9pm. Come drink, eat and tip generously! All tips as well as a portion of the proceeds from the bar will be donated to TVCT. A big thanks goes to Kona Bistro and to the Miami student membership of Green Oxford. There will be plenty of TVCT literature available and you might even run into a few staff or board members either early on or later in the evening (the board meeting will occur elsewhere). Come join us!
Also – as another way to help the environment – are you willing to take a survey to help further research at Miami University’s Institute for the Environment and Sustainability? It involves an assessment of current residential, agricultural and business practices that effect storm water. If you are willing to take the survey, please go here:
Thanks to all who take the survey on behalf of the students and staff of Miami University’s Institute for the Environment and Sustainability.
Lynnette Dean (facing the camera), from Butler County MetroParks, strolls along the bridge whilst people are enjoying a picnic lunch on the beautiful and impressive Covered Bridge. Many thanks to Lynette for her hard work and for all of MetroParks’ efforts! They provided the tables, chairs, fire-pit, signs and many other crucial logistical details.
Mary Glasmeier (former Office Manager at Three Valley Conservation Trust) was recognized for her efforts during the Fryman Purchase/Mill Race Acquisition Project. At the ceremony to open the picnic, Cal Conrad (Current Board President) and everyone assembled – formally thanked all those who contributed financially. We really appreciate all of you who made the Mill Race Preserve possible – thanks!!
Jerry Stanley in conversation at the fire pit just outside the covered bridge (hay bales courtesy of Marcia Schlichter). It was a beautiful day, with excellent company. Thanks to the many who volunteered and attended – making this a truly fantastic event!!
Special thanks to: Marcia Schlichter, Lynette Dean (and Butler County MetroParks), Cal Conrad, all the Three Valley Conservation Trust Board Members (for donations of food and picnic supplies), Frank House (for several dozen of the cookies) and the City of Hamilton (for bottled water). It was a fun picnic with beautiful weather and excellent company! What more could you ask? We look forward to seeing all of you again at the Annual Meeting (on February 1st – save the date)!
Remember that the Walking Sticks hike at the Mill Race Preserve and the Annual Picnic (at the Black Covered Bridge) is this Sunday (October 20th)! The hike is at 10am, the picnic is to follow at 12 noon. Come do it all – or just come for the food – either way, there’s plenty of fun to be had! For details, go here: http://www.3vct.org/?p=841
Instead, please join us at the Harvest Moon Festival!
On Sunday (October 13th) come out for food and fun at MOON Coop’s Harvest Moon Festival from 1pm through 5pm. TVCT will have a table – just one of many great participants – come join us! For more information, go here: https://www.facebook.com/events/520348284681045/ or contact Moon Coop at: email@example.com or (513) 280-5020.
Would you like to help us table at the Harvest Moon Festival? We have many events each year in need of tabling help! If you’re interested in engaging the public on our behalf, now or in the future, please contact Bonnie at firstname.lastname@example.org – Thanks!
On October 20th, we’ve paired our annual picnic – in honor of those who made Mill Race possible – with a wonderful chance to hike and explore the nature preserve that we helped to create! Here are the day’s events:
10:00am to 12:00nn - “Walking Sticks” hike in the Mill Race Preserve – If you’d like to join the hike, please RSVP to MetroParks at www.YourMetroParks.net or by calling 513.867.5835. For the Hike meet at 10am (on October, 20th), in the parking lot at 5401 Corso Road (in Oxford). Bottled water provided by the City of Hamilton (thanks!).
12:00nn to 2pmish – Annual Membership Picnic – This event is free! Please come meet us at the Black Covered Bridge – TVCT and our generous board members will provide Drinks and Food, free of charge to TVCT members and volunteers (a $5 donation would be appreciated by others). The City of Hamilton is providing free bottled water for everyone. PLEASE RSVP to Three Valley Conservation Trust at: email@example.com or by calling 513.524.2150 so that we have enough food and drink to accommodate everyone!
VERY limited parking is available at the Black Covered Bridge. Additional Parking (and a shuttle at 9:45am and 12 noon) is available courtesy of Dr. Thomas’ Dental Office at 5279 Morning Sun Road (Oxford). Please RSVP to let us know you will be coming and are planning on using the shuttle.
Here’s more information about the Walking Sticks Program:
The walking sticks program is a FREE exploratory hiking program offered by MetroParks of Butler County and is designed with active adults in mind. Walking Sticks moves to various MetroParks’ locations on the last Saturday of each month at 10 am.
On October 20th, they will be visiting the Race Mill Preserve Area in Oxford near the Fryman Covered Bridge. Walk in the fall colors of one of MetroParks’ newest properties and learn some of the history of the area of the Mill Race Preserve Area of the Four Mile Creek MetroPark.
Meet in the parking lot at 5401 Corso Road, Oxford, OH 45056 at 10am on October 20th.
While FREE, pre-registration is required for this hike as it is occurs in an area normally closed to the public.
You can register at www.YourMetroParks.net or by calling 513.867.5835
For more info. about the Mill Race Preserve, go here: http://www.butlercountymetroparks.org/documents/generalinfo/54.pdf
SECOND UPDATE! Due to the governmental shutdown, the Fernald Open House IS DEFINITELY CANCELLED. Please join us at the Harvest Moon Festival, on Sunday. See details here: http://www.3vct.org/?p=877
We’d like to invite everyone to participate with the Three Valley Conservation Trust in the “Great Outdoor Weekend” on Saturday and Sunday in the Greater Cincinnati area. This weekend event has been coordinated by the Green Umbrella of Greater Cincinnati since 2004. This is the tenth year and the sponsors want to make it the biggest Great Outdoor Weekend ever! Nearly 50 local organizations have signed up to host over 160 events and activities. For the full program see: www.greatoutdoorweekend.org.
TVCT is excited to have walks and talks at four locations in Oxford. We would like you to “explore habitats worth conserving “ by visiting each of them starting at 9:30-10:30am at the Indian Creek Nature Preserve, 2550 Indian Creek Road. This 200 acre farm is part of over 1000 nearly-contiguous acres of permanently protected land along Indian Creek 5 miles south of Oxford. The varied topography ranges from moist slopes on the western side with showy orchids to the higher and dryer side across the creek with a tall grass prairie and savannah. You can hope to see late-blooming asters and butterflies as well as 3 wetland ponds heavily used by red-winged blackbirds in summer and amphibians all year.
At 11:00 the next hour long tour begins at the The Edge of the Farm Conservation Area, 5398 McCoy Road. The conservation area is planted in tall and short grass prairies and has 5 wetlands. The adjacent forests have had over 11 acres of honeysuckle removed. Hays Cummins will lead a tour of the preserve on the trails across the prairies, wetlands and woods emphasizing important ecological functions along the way. We will also discuss the importance of the wetlands in improving water quality as water moves from adjacent farm fields into the wetlands and eventually to our local streams.
The third tour goes from 1-2:00pm at the Talawanda High School Natural Area 5301 University Park Blvd. Situated on 147 acres of undisturbed land the natureal area is comprised of wetland, prairie, deciduous forest, and agricultural habitats. Science Instructional Leader for the Talawanda School District and ESI President, Jeff Winslow has worked with students at the High School and Miami University to create a trail system for environmental education. Come and see this wonderful outdoor preserve in our neighborhood.
The day’s final tour will be from 2:30-3:30pm in the Silvoor Biological Sanctuary-meeting at the Peffer Park parking lot off of Highway 27. Hosting over 52 varieties of wildflowers, the Silvoor Lane sanctuary serves as an example of a commitment to preservation and rehabilitation of the environment, and the communal generosity of area homeowners. Dr. Robert A. Hefner, and his wife, Ilo, transformed an old landfill into a biological sanctuary by doing everything from building dams and planting flowers, to planting wildflowers and constructing a suspension bridge. In 1978, they donated the land to Miami University so it would remain protected. In 1980, Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Fitton donated a portion of their land in the name of the sanctuary as well. TVCT member John Blocker has also been instrumental in protecting, preserving and enhancing the Silvoor Lane area so the community can enjoy one of the most unique landscapes in Oxford.
Megan is pleased to accept the position of Land Protection Specialist and join the hard working team at TVCT. Hailing from the small yet mighty state of New Hampshire, Megan’s desire to protect the natural world stems from a childhood filled with nature. She was afforded the luxury of running through fields, climbing trees, wading streams, and discovering all that her New England heritage had to offer. When she realized that the land that she holds so dear was in jeopardy of disappearing forever due to encroaching development, she knew that her life’s work would involve helping to preserve the land she loves and helping others do the same. Her background includes a bachelor’s degree from Washington College and several years of natural resource conservation work including forestry and fisheries management. Fresh off a Master of Science in Environmental Studies from Ohio University, Megan is eager to put her experience and academic knowledge to practical use. When not helping to save the planet, Megan greatly enjoys exploring new places, feeling the rush of the water past her oar while rowing, and baking homemade bread.