Upcoming April Events

Ruder Preserve Work Day  

CHAIN SAW OPERATORS, WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Due to an overwhelming response from Miami University service groups, we have about 40 students coming to help cut, treat, haul, and stack honeysuckle on April 1st!  WOW! That is really terrific!   However, to make the best use of this volunteer help, we need experienced chain saw operators.  Please let Donna McCollum know ASAP if you are available to work with a group of students that morning, 9-noon.  We’ll even provide lunch afterwards!

With the help of many, many volunteers, like these members of the GIVE Club, we have removed about 3-4 acres of honeysuckle and hope to finish the entire area west of Four Mile Creek this spring.  We have received a grant from Taking Root that will furnish trees, to be planted later this spring.  But we need YOUR help!  If you can’t run a chain saw, you can still help paint stumps, haul and stack brush, take pictures, provide food – any number of things! Knowing that you are coming would be helpful but it is not necessary unless you are providing food or running a chainsaw – then let Donna know for sure – email mccollds@miamioh.edu.

Who: Anyone & everyone!                                                                                                                   When: Saturday, April 1st, 9 am- noon                                                                                             Where: Ruder Preserve (across from Yager Stadium, at the intersection of Bonham Rd. and Shadowy Hills Dr.)

Precious Preschool Outdoor Adventures Program

We’re going to try again for a first Precious Preschool Outdoor Adventures program on Saturday, April 8th (the cold temperatures on March 11th waylaid our plans for a pancake and newly-tapped syrup breakfast, but give it another chance in April!). Meet Silvoor’s curator and The Loft’s owner at 9:30 am at the pavilion in Pfeffer Park and head out into the Silvoor Sanctuary to “I spy…” some of the beautiful wildflowers Silvoor is famous for – like the sharp-lobed hepatica below!  Parents are asked to accompany their preschoolers (and maybe learn a little themselves!) and dress their children for the weather, including tennis shoes or boots that can get dirty! No pre-registration required.                                                                                                                                                   Who: Preschoolers and parents                                                                                                                 When: Saturday, April 8th, 9:30-11 am                                                                                                 Where: Pfeffer Park Pavilion

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A New Conservation Easement

We are delighted to welcome Kathrine and Rae Garnar to our family of conservation easement donors.  By completing the donation of development rights on their land in Reily Township, Butler County they insured protection of approximately 71 acres of upland woodland and wooded riparian corridors. The conservation easement also permanently protects approximately 1823 ft of Indian Creek with its seasonal tributaries, small wetland and about 48 acres of fields containing predominantly prime soils.


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Connect Your Preschooler with Nature

Precious Preschool Events- Know any preschoolers? Want to get them outside having fun? Events will be held one Saturday each month to start connecting preschoolers with our wonderful natural world.

CANCELED: Saturday, March 11th at 9:30am-11:00am Meet at 5398 McCoy Rd, Oxford, OH 45056. PLEASE REGISTER: email Tricia at latricia@theloftpreschool.com or Donna at mccollds@miamioh.edu, or call the TVCT office at 513-524-2150.

The first Precious Preschool event will be about making things from trees – complete with  pancakes and syrup!  Future dates will be added to Conservation Connection.



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Tax Benefits for Easement Donors

In December of 2015, Congress passed the permanent federal tax incentive for conservation easement donations. Tax benefits for landowners donating their conservation easements include:

  • 50% tax deduction of a landowner’s annual income
  • Qualifying farmers and ranchers can deduct up to 100% of their income
  • Donors can take a tax deduction for conservation easements every year for 15 years

If you own land that you want to preserve for future generations, donating a conservation easement can be a great way to conserve the land you love and possibly receive significant federal tax benefits. Please call at (513) 524-2150 or email TVCT at landpro@3cvt.org for more information.

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Learn about Freshwater Mussels

Field Trip to the Freshwater Mussel Conservation and Research Center- Are you curious about native wildlife in Ohio? Do you have an interest in freshwater mussels? If so, then consider a field trip to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s Freshwater Mussel Conservation and Research Center on Saturday, April 8th.  At this education and research hub, you’ll learn about Ohio’s freshwater mussels, see active research projects and an indoor stream filled with freshwater mussels.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by March 17 to Amy Weber (abarrett.571@gmail.com).  Contact Amy Weber with any questions about this event. We encourage and will help coordinate carpooling.

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See Some Spring Amphibians

Early Spring Amphibians Hike

When: POSTPONED until Sun. March 19 from 1pm – 3pm

Where: Salamander Run Preserve (4821 Layhigh Road, Hamilton, OH)

Jeff Davis, Ohio Division of Wildlife herpetologist, will be your guide exploring Salamander Run’s early spring amphibian population. Wear appropriate clothes and shoes to walk near wetlands, fields and woods. Registration requested – Currently this program is FULL. Registered participants will be contacted if hike is canceled due to inclement weather.
For more information from MetroParks of Butler County  click here.

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Talking About Butterflies

In January, our Stewardship Specialist, Randy Evans, gave a presentation on Monarch butterfly ecology and pollinator habitat design to the Shaker Farms Garden Club in Harrison, Ohio. If you are interested in having him talk to your group please contact him directly (513-524-2150 or revans@3vct.org).

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Plenty of Easement Applications for 2017

On February 15th, 2017 Three Valley Conservation Trust closed the window for accepting “Intent to Apply” forms from landowners interested in applying for the 2017 round of the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Office of Farmland Preservation’s Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program.  We are excited to see so much interest in this program and are looking forward to working with qualifying landowners on their applications!

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Executive Director Position Announcement

Three Valley Conservation Trust is seeking an Executive Director. Click here for the detailed position announcement.

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Love Conservation at Kona on February 15th

Celebrate your love of conservation with our Board and Membership by participating in Kona’s Community Night Program benefiting Three Valley Conservation Trust.

When?     Wednesday, February 15th from 6 to 9 PM

Where?    Kona Bistro, 31 West High Street, Oxford

As part of Kona Bistro’s Community Night Program, Three Valley Conservation Trust Board Members and supporters will act as Guest Bartenders for the evening.  Mingle and enjoy good food and drinks with fellow friends of Three Valley Conservation Trust.  The Back Patio will be open for seating too.

All tips from the bar and 10% of tips from the restaurant, between 6 and 9 pm, will go to support Three Valley Conservation Trust.  Thank-you.

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