Category Archives: land protection

2017 Big Week of Birding in Butler County

SAT. APRIL 29 – SAT. MAY 6, 2017

See the MetroParks of Butler County’s Flyer for the list of dates, times, and locations!

Start off the annual Big Week of Birding with a warbler refresher with Dr. Dave Russell on Tue. April 18, 2017 from 7:00pm- 9:00 pm at Voice of America MetroPark. Additional details about this event are available on the MetroParks of Butler County website.

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Ruder Preserve work day in February 2017

We have  a couple of really big weeks coming up for getting things done at Ruder Preserve.  And we really need chain saw operators – if you can help out, please email Donna McCollum at or Mark Boardman at  We also are in dire need of people who know how to plant trees – we have about 150-200 to plant in the next couple weeks and not everyone has planted trees before!  If you know what you’re doing you will increase the trees’ chances for survival!

So please come join us and help in whatever way you can – chain saw, applying herbicide to stumps, hauling honeysuckle, planting trees, making cages for trees, bringing/serving food, or even just taking some “action” pictures.  Thanks in advance!

Dates and student volunteer groups are:

Tues April 18th 5:00-7:30pm: 15-20 from Delta Sigma Pi

Wed April 19th 9:30-11:00pm: 30-40 students from field botany classes

Wed April 19th 12:30-2:00pm: 30-40 students from field botany classes

Thur April 20th 3:30-5:00pm: 30-40 students from field botany classes

Fri April 28th (3 hour blocks/TBD): 30-40 students for business school day of service

Sat April 29th 9:00-noon + lunch: 30-40 students from APO service fraternity and Delta Sigma Pi

May 6th 9:00-noon + lunch: 30-40 students from APO service fraternity and GIVE club

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Accepting Applications for TVCT Scholarship 2017

The Three Valley Conservation Trust is a non-profit organization that partners with people and communities to conserve the natural environment and cultural heritage of its service area for the benefit of future generations. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide support for applicants pursuing careers that relate to the mission of the Trust. For example, work in agriculture, conservation, ecology, water management and sustainability represent some but not all of the related careers. Applicants do not need to be a high school or college student.

A minimum of $1,000 to be distributed annually to at least one, but not more than two, successful applicants. This is a one-time award per applicant.

Application submissions are to be made directly to the Trust (Three Valley Conservation Trust, P.O. Box 234, Oxford, OH 45056) and are to be postmarked no later than 4/22/17.

Applications must include:
1) Completed application form, three-valley-conservation-trust-scholarship-2017
2) Essay as described in form
3) Two letters of recommendation (mailed directly to the Trust) which speak to the applicant’s qualifications and how they relate to the mission of the Trust.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee appointed by the Chair, Board of Trustees, Three Valley Conservation Trust and will include at least one board member. The committee’s selection will be based on the applicants’ responses and letters of recommendation. The selection is not based on need or prior scholastic achievement.

It is at the committee’s discretion to:

1) Interview the final candidates
2) Decide not to award a scholarship, should there not be strong candidates
3) Give preference to applicants who have personally been involved with the work of the Trust and/or applicants whose families have been involved in the Trust (through easements and/or volunteer activities such as monitoring, etc.)

For questions, call 513-524-2150.

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Everyone Is Invited to the Founder’s Day Picnic

Ruder Preserve Dedication in 1996. Dwight Baldwin addresses the audience at the official dedication. Photo by Jim Reid

The Founder’s Day picnic lunch and celebration will be on Saturday, May 6th from 12:00-2:00pm at the picnic shelter in Leonard Howell Park.  All are welcome to attend this event! Participants will be able to see current restoration progress at the Helen S. Ruder Nature Preserve as well as Phase I of the OATS trail, which is under construction at Leonard Howell. The Ruder Preserve was donated in 1996 to Four Mile Valley Conservation Trust by Helen Ruder’s daughters: Ann Bever, Margaret Fuller and Elizabeth Wile. Additionally, there will be a tree dedication to honor Orie Loucks, a TVCT founder.

The main dish for the picnic will be provided! Any potluck dishes are greatly appreciated! Excellent tasting bottled water from the City of Hamilton will be available from a generous donation from the city!

Leonard Howell Park is located on Bonham Road- a map of the area is available here.

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Silvoor Celebration on April 23

A celebration will be held at Silvoor Biological Sanctuary from noon-3 p.m. Sunday, April 23, to thank those who have devoted time and energy to local conservation efforts, especially in the Silvoor preserve. The celebration, timed to coordinate with Earth Day weekend, is for caretakers, Silvoor residents and all who appreciate the beauty of the wildflower sanctuary. It will include games for children, the regularly scheduled 1 p.m. Sunday wildflower walk and a catered lunch sponsored by Three Valley Conservation Trust and Miami University’s Natural Areas.

Participants should meet at the Peffer Park fire pit.

The celebration is open to the Oxford community but attendees are asked to RSVP to Amanda Brymer, Silvoor curator, at by April 19.


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TVCT Featured in Ohio Farmer Article

Three Valley Conservation Trust is featured in an Ohio Farmer article written by Gail Keck. The article describes the agricultural easements implemented by TVCT along with their benefits for landowners and the local environment. Check out this article here!

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Ruder Preserve Community Meeting on April 3

Aerial photo of Ruder Preserve/Photo by Randy Evans

Three Valley Conservation Trust is restoring Ruder Preserve (corner of Bonham Road and Shadowy Hills Drive – near the Bonham bridge). An open meeting is scheduled to begin discussions about next steps in this restoration.  Clearing invasive species has begun, and TVCT wants to make improvements that will best benefit the community. What would you like to see happen to this 14-acres of woods and stream?

Three Valley Conservation Trust invites you to attend this community meeting:                           Date: Monday, April 3                                                                                                                                     Time: 5:30 pm                                                                                                                                       Where: The Knolls, 6727 Contreras Road Oxford, Ohio                                                                         Please share this information with anyone and everyone. All are invited.

Potential considerations for Ruder Preserve: trail accessibility and type, parking availability, benches/tables/signage or other amenities. What would like to see for this area? Come to share your ideas!

Map of Ruder Preserve/Created by Randy Evans


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Hamilton Woods: A New Conservation Easement

Marbled Salamander/Photo by Jeff Davis

On March 30, 2017 TVCT completed a Conservation Easement agreement with Great Parks of Hamilton County, which will protect 123 acres of forest, forested wetland, and riparian stream corridor. Situated between Miami Whitewater Park and Fernald Preserve, the protected area includes three separate tracts: West Unit, 6.86 acres; East Unit, 7.18 acres; and Central Woods, 108.75 acres. As illustrated in the accompanying photo, a portion of the protected area supports a breeding population of Marbled Salamander.

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Spring and Salamanders Are Busting out All Over

Jeff Davis and visitors at Salamander Run/Photo by Steve Gordon

Longer daylight and warmer temperatures.  Not only do humans get spring fever, so do salamanders.  On March 19, noted herpetologist Jeff Davis led a MetroParks of Butler County sponsored hike at Salamander Run Preserve in Morgan Township.  In addition to streamside salamanders, Davis identified crayfish, green and bull frog tadpoles, and numerous water borne insects, including beetles.

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Wildflower Walks at Silvoor

Wildflowers at Silvoor/Photo courtesy of Amanda Bentley Brymer

The next guided wildflower walk at Silvoor Biological Sanctuary will be held on this Sunday, April 16. There are five consecutive Sundays remaining for the wildflower walks this spring, which end on May 14.

Participants should meet at 1:00pm at Peffer Park Pavilion, located off U.S. 27, just south of Chestnut Street.


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