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Winter Newsletter 2014 Volume 21, Number 1


Looking Back, Looking Ahead As I’ve said before, paraphrasing John Sawhill, in the end this Ojai community will be defined not by what it creates, but by what it refuses to destroy. In 2013, you said that our backyard was worth saving. You said the scenic, mountainous backdrop of the community was important. You said our community is a nicer place to live if we have spectacular hiking opportunities walking distance from our homes. And you all stepped up to create the Valley View Preserve. The best part? It is forever. It will never go away. We’re not done with Valley View yet. The clean-up of decades of debris continues, but we’re nearly finished. Rick and his fearless volunteer trail crew are putting in a new trail to connect Shelf Road to the Foothill Trail on the eastern side of the preserve, creating another trail loop. Dozens, if not hundreds of times, I’ve been told how marvelous the Valley View Preserve and the Fox Canyon Trail are. It is not uncommon for this statement to be followed by a question: What’s next? We are always chasing about ten new projects at any given time, and 2014 will be no exception. This is in addition to habitat restoration projects that will be occurring simultaneously on four different preserves in 2014—that could be a record for us. We are extremely grateful for your support. It makes this all possible and enables us to continue to protect your views, trails, water and wildlife. Gratefully, Greg Gamble, Executive Director  Protecting your views, trails, water and wildlife



Ojai Valley Land Conservancy P.O. Box 1092 • Ojai, CA 93024 Office: 370 W. Baldwin Rd. A-4 Tel. 805-649-6852 • Fax 805-649-8913 •

Board of Directors Don Reed – President Sandy Buechley – Vice President Cricket Twichell – Secretary Nathan Wallace – Treasurer Mary Bergen Allan Jacobs Bill Brothers Ann Oppenheimer Roger Essick Larry Rose Margot Griswold Roger Wachtell Brian Holly Barbara Washburn

Staff Greg Gamble – Executive Director Brian Stark – Conservation Director Tania Parker – Director of Advancement Rick Bisaccia – Preserve Manager Marti Reid – Office Manager Lorraine Walter – Watershed Coordinator Ron Singer – Nursery Manager Lauren Cole – Restoration Field Crew Nick Tapia – Restoration Field Crew

OMP Bio-Swale Visitors to the Ojai Meadows Preserve may have see an unusual sight. That is when a soil drilling rig appeared on the back of the preserve near the intersection of South Lomita Avenue and Besant Road. The purpose of the rig was not to drill for oil or water. Rather, this was a routine test of soil properties in advance of a proposed project that would help clean local storm water. We have partnered with the Ventura County Watershed Protection District (VCWPD) on a grant proposal which would fund construction of a new bio-swale on a portion of the preserve. What is a bio-swale you might ask? A bio-swale is a shallow depression that collects and carries storm water drainage, then uses natural vegetation and soil properties to clean the water. This proposed project would intercept an existing community storm drain and allow the water to pass through a shallow channel on the preserve before re-entering the storm drain. Native vegetation planted in the swale will help consume pollutants such as excess nutrients, and soil bacteria can decompose oil products found in percolating water. Another important project benefit will be intercepting water during the normally dry months when most of the water comes from urban uses, and is often polluted. This water will be retained and treated on site by the swale, before it can make it back into the storm drain network. This project represents a pilot project that will demonstrate how these swales can be managed throughout the Ventura River drainage to protect and enhance water quality. Before constructing the project, soil properties Continued on back page Page 2

Upcoming Events Chumash Ethnobotany: Plant Knowledge Among the Chumash People of Southern California A Wild About Ojai Two Part Series February 8, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Join Jan Timbrook from the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum at the OVLC office for a fascinating exploration of how the Chumash peoples used and thought about plants. February 9, 9 – 11 a.m. Lanny Kaufer will lead a special herb walk on the new Valley View Preserve from the Fox Canyon Trailhead.

Geology of the Ojai Valley

March 8, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Wild About Ojai with USCB Professor Ed Keller.

New Member Mixer

March 22, 2 – 4 p.m. A mixer for our new members. Save the date - more info to come!

Annual Preserve Manager Hike and Picnic

April 12, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Learn about the making of the Valley View Preserve trails firsthand from OVLC’s Rick Bisaccia. We will end our hike at a picnic spot with panoramic views of the valley. Space will be limited to 15 people, cost $25 per person.


April 19, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. A true family friendly event celebrating Earth Day. Come visit our booth at the Oak Grove School!

Native Plant Sale

April 19, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Nursery Manager Ron Singer will be selling some of the OVLC’s best stock of natives from our Ojai Meadows Native Plant Nursery. All Wild About Ojai events are free for members and $10 for non-members. Become a member today! A family membership is just $35 per year. Visit today, or send in the attached envelope. To RSVP for an event, contact Marti at (805) 649-6852 or For an updated list of events, visit or “LIKE” us on Facebook.

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View from Valley View Preserve - Photograph by Les Dublin

2013 Fiscal Year Annual Report


Ojai Valley Land Conservancy P.O. Box 1092 • Ojai, CA 93024 Office: 370 W. Baldwin Rd. A-4 Tel. 805-649-6852 • Fax 805-649-8913 •

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2013 Financials *

Board of Directors

October 1, 2012 – September 30, 2013

Source of Funds

Unrestricted End of Year Appeal = $81,016 Membership / Other = $120,323 Bequests = $471,058 Subtotal Unrestricted = $672,397 Restricted Restoration, etc. = $574,541 Capital Campaigns = $694,774 Subtotal Restricted = $1,269,315 Transfers In (restricted) = $55,010

Greg Gamble – Executive Director

Use of Funds Programs & Projects Ongoing Programs & Projects = $930,820 Valley View Acquisition = $488,374 Subtotal Programs & Projects = $1,419,194 Fundraising, General & Administrative = $111,071

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* Preliminary

• 195 acres were permanently protected as publicly accessible open space in June 2013, with the acquisition of the Valley View Preserve. • The Fox Canyon Trail opened on the Valley View Preserve­—approximately 1.25 miles up an 800 vertical foot climb connecting to the Pratt, Foothill, and Fuelbreak trails. • The historic Foothill Trail was reopened on the Valley View Preserve. • Roughly 1,000 school kids participated in educational programs on our preserves. • Over 7,000 native plants and 1,000’s of native grass plugs were planted this year on the preserves.


Total Sources of Funds = $1,996,722

Total Use of Funds = $1,530,265

Don Reed – President Sandy Buechley – Vice President Cricket Twichell – Secretary Nathan Wallace – Treasurer Mary Bergen Allan Jacobs Bill Brothers Ann Oppenheimer Roger Essick Larry Rose Margot Griswold Roger Wachtell Brian Holly Barbara Washburn

• 206 new members joined OVLC in our 2013 Fiscal Year.

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Thank you OVLC friends for making such an impact! Based on cumulative giving from October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013

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Thank you to the businesses that support the protection of the Ojai Valley. Please support OVLC’s business sponsors today.

Ojai Meadows Level

San Antonio Level

Coldwell Banker Property Shoppe

Channel Islands Sportfishing

Old Creek Ranch Winery

Derby & Derby Inc.


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Barnhart & Barnhart Insurance Eco Tree Works Heritage Financial Meiners Oaks Ace Hardware Ojai Playhouse Ojai Rexall Drugs Oso Ranch Rogers, Sheffield & Campbell LLP (Phil Moncharsh) Suzanne’s Cuisine Waite, Jacobs & Atkinson (Attorneys-at-Law)

In-kind Sponsors bitVision

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Law Office of Thomas E. Malley New Oak Ranch Ojai Café Emporium Ojai Community Bank Rains Riverview Ranch Shanbrom, Casey & Associates The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Vintage Production California LLC

Interested in becoming an OVLC business sponsor? To find out more about business sponsor benefits and how you can help, contact Tania today at (805) 649-6852 ext 6 or

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We thank you for your support. The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy

Valley View Preserve – Photograph by Les Dublin

Finding Your Deepest Values and Priorities The other night we took in a perfect Ojai sunset from

Where is this favorite place of yours? Under the ancient coast

Wilson’s Point, a hill above Shelf Road. Having the view all

live oaks in Wills Canyon? Early in the morning, feeling the

to ourselves, we sat on the bench watching the sky perform

cool, crisp air while taking in the views offered by the Valley

its tricks—the clouds dancing through a rainbow of pinks,

View Preserve? Cooling off your feet in the Ventura River?

purples, oranges, and fiery reds. A few days later, I was out again and heading up Fox Canyon Trail. Breathing in the cool, crisp morning air, stopping here

Perhaps a pink moment all to yourself reflected in the pond at the Ojai Meadows Preserve? Land conservation work is about ensuring moments like

and there to take in the sweeping views of the valley as I

these are still possible for many generations to come.

caught my breath. I thought—how lucky are we that this is

If these moments are an integral part of your life, creating a

our backyard? Take a deep breath and remember the last time you wan-

bequest in your will or trust is ensuring that your deepest values and priorities in your life are reflected in your death.

dered out of town and into the hills to find that perfect,

Legacy gifts, or planned gifts, are indispensable to the Ojai

remote spot where you could just simply be? Breathe in the

Valley Land Conservancy. And what better legacy to leave

fresh air, hear the birds around you, take in the mountain

than ensuring these moments and these lands are available

views, and feel the peacefulness in your surroundings.

to all, forever? 

You Can Use this Language for Your Gift: “I give, devise, and bequeath [percentage / amount / description] to the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, a nonprofit corporation, located at PO Box 1092, Ojai, CA, 93024, Tax Identification Number 77-0169682.” Contact Tania Parker, Director of Advancement if you are interested in leaving a legacy to the Ojai Valley, 805-649-6852 ext 6 Protecting your views, trails, water and wildlife

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Nonprofit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 351 Ojai, CA


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PO Box 1092 Ojai, CA 93024 ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED OMP Bio-Swale continued from page 2 are studied to assess the permeability of the soil and the biological functions present in the soil. These are important first steps in assessing project feasibility and informing the design process. It is these properties that will be assessed with the upcoming sampling. Regular visitors to the Ojai Meadows Preserve already know that much of the site is already used as a natural flood water retention project, and that much of the bird diversity and natural productivity on the preserve is a result of the creation of the wetlands. This proposed project adds variety to the approaches used at the preserve and will likely contribute to the growing diversity of habitats throughout the preserve. The project is being proposed for grant funding from the State Water Resources Control Board, and project construction would be managed by the VCWPD. The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy will assist with revegetation of the site and supplying plants from our on-site nursery. If successful, we will be able to show just one more way a community can address storm water quality improvement while increasing habitats for birds and other wildlife. ďƒ“ Please join us in welcoming the newest members of the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy Board of Directors to our team, Bill Brothers and Roger Wachtell.

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A Welcome to Our New Members Airdrie Martin Kincaid Allen Vail Barbera Brooks Beth Dorenkamp Brandon Doyle Christopher Herzig Dale Zurawski Dan Fontaine David N. Lee Dennis & Meredy Rice Dina & Doug Wilson Eric Dyson Gabriel Miller-Smith Isla Claire Smith Janice & Dan Lang

Jeff Maddox Jesse Smith Karleanne Rogers Kelly Forrister Maureen Volland Pamela Price Philip C. Clarke Scott Bevans Steve Sprinkle Susan Anderson Susan Spencer Theodore & Claudia Gall The Padula Family Theresa Vyhnal

Special Gifts Maruja Real in Memory of Frank Real Donald & Sheila Cluff in Memory of Carol Ann Vasina Rick & Victoria Cline in Memory of Lloyd Fellows Virginia & Lowell Martinson in Honor of Yvonne Minor Lisa Larramendy & Larry Rose in Honor of Peter Larramendy Pam Price in Honor of Sheila Cluff The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy

OVLC Open Spaces Newsletter / Annual Report - Winter 2013  

A newsletter for the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy.