See the Moon on March 4

We are excited to announce an upcoming Three Valley event!

A Moongazer’s Party

on March 4th, 6:30 to 8:30pm(with a March 5th rain date) at the  WRA Cabin, 5757 Oxford Milford Rd on the east side of Oxford, OH.
We are looking forward to an evening of moon-watching, bonfire and s’mores!  We want you to get out there and see what the moon looks like through a fabulous telescope, with an accomplished astronomer (Dr. Hays Cummins), with other folks who love our natural world!

No registration is required, but for more information contact the 3VCT office at  office@3vct.org or 513-524-2150

 

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See Some Spring Amphibians

Early Spring Amphibians Hike

When: Sunday, March 12  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. Registered participants will be contacted if hike is canceled due to inclement weather. Walk-ins are welcome.
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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Meet our New Board Members

L to R: New Board Members Sara Morris, Sarah Dumyahn and Amy Sullivan. Ben Mattox not pictured.

Welcome to the Board!

Sarah Dumyahn is a graduate of the Masters of Environmental Science program from Miami University’s IES, where she is currently a lecturer.  Her Ph.D. in Natural Resource Conservation comes from Purdue University.  Her professional experience includes the National Park Service, the US Forest Service, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  She and her husband Joe love to play in the woods or in a creek with their son, Miles.

Ben Mattox has been a Oxford Resident since three years old and had a lovely youth exploring in the woods and creeks in our community.  Ben taught Biology and Botany at Talawanda High School until he retired in June of 2015.  Currently Ben enjoys participating in David Russell’s bird banding station at Hueston Woods and views helping Three Valley Conservation Trust as a natural extension of his personal interests.

Sara Morris grew up outside Oxford playing in the woods, caring for animals and enjoying many sports as well as both FFA and 4-H.  She holds an Agriculture/Agronomy degree from Wilmington College and worked for the NRCS as a Soil Conservationist, then later as a District Conservationist at the state level.   She is currently a Biology/Ecology/Botany teacher at Eaton High School.  Sarah lives outside Oxford with her husband, Sam, and their children, Ben and Luna.

Amy Sullivan is Graduate Advisor and Teacher at the Green Mountain College Masters in Environmental Studies program and an Environmental Science teacher at the University of Phenoix.  She holds a BS in Conservation Biology, a Masters in Wildlife and Range Resources from BYU and a PhD in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Amy was appointed to the Village of Brookfield Conservation Commission for ten years, four of which she served as chair.

Thanks so much for your donation of time, enthusiasm, advice and well-considered judgement.

 

Thanks to our Outgoing Board Members.

Outgoing Board Members L to R: Roger Millar, Janet Krebs, Erika Nelson, Pat Kaufman and Amy Leedy.

Our sincere thanks for the countless hours, wisdom and vision that all five of you have donated to make Three Valley a stronger organization with a solid plan for the future.

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Liz Retires: She’s done good here and is off to new endeavors

Liz and her longtime friend, Mary, at the 2015 Auction for Acres

Liz Woedl was asked to be our new Executive Director after Larry Frimerman retired in 2013, but few know that she was the chair of the Three Valley Board of Trustees when he was hired way back in 2001. Liz first came on the Board in 1999 as a seasoned volunteer and Board Member for others like Audubon Miami Valley. She’s been Board Chair, Treasurer and Membership Chair during her tenure on the Board – which lasted an entire decade. Wow.

During her time working for Three Valley Conservation Trust, as a volunteer, Board member or as the Executive Director, Liz has helped bring people together to support conservation of the green spaces in our community that we love. We will miss her kind and thoughtful leadership.

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New Volunteer Opportunities

We need a few good volunteers!

Would you like to be a Design Volunteer, Publicity Volunteer or Social Media Volunteer?  Does streamlining and organizing our easement files make you smile?  While we still have all our fun and physical outdoor volunteer opportunities, we’ve got a few, new indoor volunteer opportunities – some of which you can actually do from your home.  You can read all about (and sign up for) these neat new opportunities here on our volunteer page and then sign up with this handy volunteer form.

Why this need for new volunteers?  As the Board worked on the budget for 2017, they were faced with some hard fiscal decisions.  In the end, they opted to keep a full time Executive Director, Land Protection Specialist and Stewardship Specialist, but let our Office Manager go.  Please consider volunteering to help our Executive Director with all the administrative tasks Bonnie used to do.  Thank-you.

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First Newly Protected Property of 2017

L to R: Agnieszka Marchlewska, Liz Woedl, Julia, Todd and James Cottingim.

Todd and Julia Cottingim own a farm located on Short Road in Somers Township, Preble County.  The conservation easement will protect in perpetuity 448 acres of prime agriculture lands supporting corn, soybean and cattle production, forest and riparian areas. This easement is one of the largest in our history and it warms our heart to see multiple generations caring for this beautiful land.  We’re excited about what is on the horizon in the near future.  We expect four easements (outside of, and in addition to, any the Paddys Run Project easements) to close within the next  six months.  We are blessed with so many special places, which will remain so forever.

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