Open Spaces Winter 2020 Newsletter/Annual Report

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OPEN SPACES N ewsletter /A nnual R eport Winter 2020 vol 27 num 1

OPEN SPACES The newsletter of the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy BOARD OF DIRECTORS Roger Essick, President Stefanie Coeler, Vice President Martha Groszewski, Treasurer Bret Bradigan, Secretary Phil Bradley Sandy Buechley Wyatt Harris Phil Moncharsh Tonya Peralta Don Reed Meredy Benson Rice

STAFF Tom Maloney, Executive Director Tania Parker, Deputy Director Jill Lashly, Conservation Director Brendan Taylor, Stewardship Director Dan Pizano, Operations Director Xena Grossman, Development Associate Emmie Pinedo, Development Assistant Nathan Wickstrum, Stewardship Manager Caitlyn Barrera, Restoration Crew Supervisor & Conservation Assistant Destinee Rabelo, Restoration Specialist Mayra Diaz, Restoration Specialist Ron Singer, Nursery Manager

Mission: The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy is a community-based nonprofit organization working with partners to permanently protect the open space, natural scenic beauty, wildlife, habitat, and watershed of the Ojai Valley for current and future generations. STAY CONNECTED WITH THE OVLC: OVLC.ORG / FIND US ON FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM

Cover Photo by Nathan Wickstrum Page 2

Welcome to the Team! Dan Pizano Dan moved to Southern California after living overseas to pursue an aviation career in international disaster relief. His academic and career experience are in technology, aviation, and astrophysics. Prior to moving abroad, Dan worked at multiple Silicon Valley start-ups in software development, communication networks and business intelligence. He balances his technical work with a passion for the outdoors and trail running. As an ultra trail runner, he combines his running and technical skills to reach remote areas to collect information about trail networks, infrastructure, and status on OVLC Preserves. Dan is dedicated to OVLC’s mission and is excited about evolving OVLC’s operations. Dan can often be found running on the trails and ridgelines in the Los Padres National Forest from Ojai to Solvang or the Santa Monica Mountains from Point Mugu to Santa Monica.

Mayra Diaz Born and raised in Ventura County, Mayra went to community college at Ventura College, and then transferred to Cal Poly Pomona where she obtained her B.S. in Biological Sciences. It was there where she developed a love and passion for nature and native plants of California. After college, Mayra returned to Ventura County where she volunteered at a few local organizations (one of them being OVLC!) doing plantings, pulling weeds, and trail maintenance. She landed an internship working for Catalina Island Conservancy, and it was there she found her passion and love for plant restoration. Mayra lived on the island for four months, and she worked on native plant restoration projects around the island as well as the native plant nursery. Mayra also worked on invasive plant removal and invasive plant surveys down drainages. Mayra also gained more experience working with invasive plant removal under Channel Island Restoration where she worked on an arundo removal project in Ventura County. Mayra is excited to be part of the OVLC team, and part of the restoration efforts for the valley. In her free time, you can find her hiking and enjoying charcuterie board.

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From the Director Ojai is an extraordinary place filled with remarkable people in an amazing natural setting. It seems that the valley exerts a persistent pull on anyone who has spent any time here. In addition to these distinctive qualities, increasingly the Ojai Valley faces many challenges all too familiar to communities throughout California and the West. Perhaps nothing epitomizes these shared challenges more than the recent adjudication of water use throughout the Ventura River watershed. As others have pointed out, the recent passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) by the California legislature was an overdue but vital first step for California to get a handle on the over-drafting of our groundwater basins. (For instance, in the nearby Cuyama Valley, groundwater levels have dropped over 400 feet from irrigation pumping!) SGMA requires consideration of nature’s needs—particularly “groundwater dependent ecosystems,” like rivers. How the planning for this interacts with the adjudication of water use is impossible to predict, but the adjudication places the Ojai Valley at the crossroads of water planning statewide. Meanwhile, the catastrophic Thomas Fire is the regional embodiment of shifting fire regimes statewide and across the West. The effects of climate on fire behavior are demanding more proactive planning and management. Also, how natural communities respond to more intense fire in a drier climate is also a concern. Innovative planning to protect our communities (human and natural) is imperative in response to the shifting conditions. Thankfully, proactive land conservation with willing sellers can be a highly strategic, cost-effective and lasting strategy to advance water sustainability and mitigate fire concerns. The OVLC has been, and will continue to be, a leader in the broad partnership to protect and restore the Ventura River and its tributaries. Targeted land protection can also help with groundwater recharge. Similarly, in addition to providing critical recreational linkages, protecting land in the wildland urban interface can bolster the protection of life and property in the face of wildfire. The staff and board of the OVLC are eager to work with more landowners to accelerate our land conservation program to enhance our collective response to climate challenges that are increasingly acute in Ojai, and emblematic of issues across the American West. Together, as a community, Ojai can be a leader in planning for resilience by pairing land conservation with community adaptations in this changing climate.

Tom Maloney, Executive Director

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Here at the OVLC rain is a very exciting event—it kicks off the start to planting season for our field crew! We are out and about on all of the preserves, but we are especially proud of our plantings along San Antonio Creek, where native plants have successfully replaced invasive arundo, and at the old Farmont Ranch on the Ventura River Preserve, where native plants are thriving in what used to be an orange orchard! Plants that thrive at San Antonio Creek and other riparian habitats include arroyo willow, giant wild rye, mulefat, mugwort, southern honeysuckle, and Western sycamore. These natives help to stabilize the banks of the river by preventing soil erosion, conserving water (which invasive plants greedily extract), and providing native habitat for local wildlife. Things are definitely getting greener here in Ojai and we cannot wait to see what this rain season has in store for our planted saplings near the creek. One volunteer organization that is as passionate as the OVLC about riparian restoration is the Sespe Fly Fishers, and they recently assisted our field crew with planting baby oak trees and companion shrubs at the Ventura River Preserve. Overall, volunteers helped us kick off planting season with over 300 plants and countless numbers of acorns in the ground near San Antonio Creek and the Ventura River. The planting season has not yet concluded and there is still a lot left to tackle, however with the support of volunteers, we will continue these large planting efforts and sustain a greener future here in the Ojai Valley. Page 4

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CREATURE FEATURE Mule Deer With the onset of rain and the changing season, have you noticed things growing? The local mule deer certainly have! Not only are mule deer excited for the new vegetation they can now browse, but the males have fully grown their antlers for mating season. Mating season for these deer begins in the late fall and lasts until mid-spring, where typically a family group of deer consists of one male and a few females. All of the bucks that were not successful in “wooing” females either remain solitary or form bachelor groups. So if you’re wondering why there is a group of bucks wandering about without any does, these are the notorious bachelors of Ojai. Each buck aspires to have the largest antlers and will physically challenge one another with their rack. Eventually the bucks shed their antlers and regrow them come the next mating season. Once spring comes it may become difficult to differentiate between the males and females, so be sure to admire those racks while you can!

Photos taken by our wildlife preserve cameras.

Allan Jacobs Bridge We hope you’ve been using the new, volunteer-built Allan Jacobs Trail these past few months since it opened in November. If you have used it, no doubt you’ve seen the piles of lumber on the south end of the trail near Oso Ridge Trail. That’s for the new bridge that’s being built. With support from the local Rotary Club of Ojai and Ojai Lion’s Club, we were able to purchase material for an equestrian bridge over Olive Creek. As before, it’ll be all volunteer built, and since we won’t be finished until late March at the earliest, there’s plenty of opportunity to help out. Come on out and build a bridge with us! Protecting your views, trails, water and wildlife Page 5


Gojai is a proud OVLC business sponsor and was our premier sponsor for Montaintainfilm on Tour 2019, and will be again in 2020! We are excited to welcome them to our community of Ojai Valley Land Conservancy partners!

GOJAI Organic’s Founder Lindsay Chambers’ love of nature inspired her to move to a farm in Ojai, California. Lindsay’s other great love? Her family. So when her mom was diagnosed with cancer, she took time off to be by her side. While undergoing chemotherapy, her mom decided to give up her daily diet soda routine, but she couldn’t find a simple, healthy caffeinated alternative on the market. Energy drinks had too much caffeine and unnecessary additives. And like many people, she liked the simplicity of sparkling water. GOJAI Organic is the nation’s first organic, gently caffeinated sparkling water. It has zero preservatives, calories or sugar, and the caffeine source is from organic un-roasted coffee beans. Beyond GOJAI Organic’s support of the OVLC, GOJAI also created a college scholarship that it provides annually to a Nordhoff High School Senior. Photos by Marc Alt Page 6

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Photo by Fridolin Schöpper



Bert Carter’s birthday

Allan Jacobs

from Alice Barnwell

Brian Johnson

“Brian! I know how much you love Ojai’s mountains and hikes.. Sending Love! Happy Everything! :)” from Monica Pattera

Cassidy Teufel Family Merry Christmas from Kathy Teufel

David Beckwith and Michael Shapiro from William & Wendi Knox

Early Malloy

from Grace & Dan Malloy

Marti Reid’s Birthday

“In memory of Allan Jacobs and his dedication of making it possible for us to climb our mountains.” from Friend’s Ranch

Allan Jacobs

from Janet Jacobs, Topa Topa Optometry, Inc.

Charlie Eller

from Carrie Eller & Jimmy Harvey

Douglas Theriault

from April Theriault & Ken Eros

Joan Landfield

“May Mom’s love of Ojai live on” from Daniel Landfield

from Candace Grodin, Paula & Geoffrey Clarke, Wayne Lattimer

John Whitman


Michele Briley

Christine Bednar Rowanne Henry Fred Fisher Emily Burson Donnie Cervantes Jennie Prebor Lisa Morehart

from Lynette Cervantes

Colleen Cooney

from Brendan Taylor Protecting your views, trails, water and wildlife

from Heidi & Andrew Whitman “This gift is in honor of our beautiful mom and nana. May her gentle soul live on in the serenity and peace of Ojai’s lands. Xoxo, Kat, Dan, Max, and Mia”

Sara Roxanne Schneider from Amy Schneider

Theodore Walsh

from Chris & Mark Marmes Acknowledgments: 11/20/19—1/14/20

ALCO Plumbing Anthony and Angela Ocone Artizen Floor Corp, Mike Bennett California Solar Electric Canvas and Paper, Neil Kreitman Damar Construction, Mike Marshall David Cohn Deborah Pendrey Eagle Demolition Services Forest Nielsen Woodworker Hartmann Electric, John Hartmann J. Larson Tile, Jordan Larson Ken Beisel Mike Cleary Tile Nyla and Peter Adams Ojai Custom Paint, Titus Painting Ojai Electric, George Hartmann Ojai Playhouse, The Alawars Pacific Stoneworks Phillip Collins Reliable Heating & Air Conditioning, Brian Klindt RTC Plastering, Robin Chavez Sam Houseman Construction TJM Drywall, Tim Malloy Tobias Parker, General Contactor Ventura Roofing, Tim Reed Virginia Siegfried and Barry Verga WJW Masonry, Bill Welch In honor of his dedicated contractors and clients from Kerry Miller Designer/Builder, Inc. Page 7

UPCOMING EVENTS March 8: Women in the Wild Events - Visit for more information and to RSVP • Yoga on the preserve with Peak Power Yoga • Trail run on the Ventura River Preserve • Mother-Child Nature Discovery with Ventura Wild • Guided hike April 4: Stewardship Director Hike & Picnic -Space is limited: Registration required April 18: Spring Native Plant Sale at the OVLC Nursery on Besant Road For the most up-to-date information about OVLC events visit events

2019 Fiscal Year* Annual Report * FY 2019: Fiscal Year October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019

As our supporters will recall, last summer the OVLC’s former office manager and bookkeeper was arrested for grand theft and forgery. With this unfortunate incident, the board took immediate steps to improve internal controls on bookkeeping. In our continuing efforts to ensure that this sort of criminality never occurs again at OVLC, the board retained a new auditor who is familiar with land trust work. The auditor has been conducting a thorough examination of our books and operating procedures to help us refine our systems. We are still in the process of working with the auditor to determine ways to improve our systems. This process has taken longer than our typical annual audit and therefore our financial statements were not yet ready to include in this newsletter. We will continue to update you as more information becomes available. Once available for review, we will post fiscal year 2019’s audited financial statements at Tom Maloney Executive Director Page 8

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Thank you to our FY 2019 Donors Our trails live on what you give. Donors $99 and Under

Bob & Heather Sanders

Conejo Valley Homeschoolers

Dolli Alexander

Gerry Bradberry

Aaron Kreisberg

Bob & Joan Grove

Cookie & Bill Miley

Don & Colleen Cutler


Al Stroberg & Betsy Patterson

Bob & Leslie Nutting

Craig Aitken

Don & Sue Reed

Gracie Gartrell

Alan & Jan Peter

Bonnie & Jeff Jenkins

Craig Jennings

Don Brusselars

Graham Smith

Alan & Jazmin Charlesworth

Bonnie Bartling

Cynthia Grier & Jon Cotham

Don Cervantes

Grant & Erika Gorman

Alexander Shorb

Brad & Maria Marcus

Cynthia Watchorn

Donna Freiermuth

Greg & Martha Lepine

Alice & Richard Matzkin

Brandon & Catherine

Dai Leon

Doug & Moira Volpi

Greg & Mary Wood

Alicia & Franco Campana


Dalit Fresco

Dou-Yan Yang

Gretchen Garnett

Alison Huyett

Brendan Taylor

Dan Parziale

Dr. Ian & Ginny MacLean

Gwen Bell & Alex Seizew

Alix, Sierra, & Brycycles

Brian Kimball Pidduck

Dana Stephens

Drew & Kris Mashburn

Heidi & Gunther Zweimuller

Alojai Creations

Brittany Blackwell

Dana Stroh

Drew Ferrie

Heidi Hamilton

Amanda Peacock

Brook Montagna

Daniel Boyd-Barrett

Duncan Wallace

Herbert & Charlie Rogove

Amy Hueppe

Caitlin Praetorius

Daniel Johnson

Dwayne & Marilyn Bower

Holly & Paul Woolson

Anamaria Schmid

Caitlyn Barrera

Dyan Berk

Huntra Becket

Andrea Gleysteen

Callen Gartrell

Daniel Moses & Charlene Spretnak

Ed & Diane Colby

Irene Tirella

Edgar Kyle

Ish Goldstein

Edward Bailey

Jack & Traci David

Elaine Reasor

James McEachen

Elaine Sweet

James Odling & Gloria Valladolid

Andrew Baksh Andy Brucker & Amy Bruckmeier Anita C. Cramm Anita Hendricks Ann & Neil Havlik Ann Gartrell Ann Horton & Fred Line Ann James Ann Koons Anna Julien Anna Szymkowiak Annette Cooper Anthony Vollering April Armstrong April Theriault & Ken Eros Ashley Berry Ashley Nielsen & Nicholas Mang

Caren Olsen Carol & David Castanon Carol Cohen Carol Day Carol Garramone Carol Smith & Larry Yuva Carolyn Emmons Catherine Lee Catherine Wilcox Cathie Ferro Cathy Moon Celeste Gabriele Charla Brown Charles Perry Chelsey & Josh Fink Cherie Windsor Chery Cerise Cheryl & Dean Geiser

Daniel Parks & Debra Brittain Daniel Silver Danielle Suarez Darian & Peter Dragge Dave, Jen, Claire & Julia Hankins David & Aimee Mendoza David & Amy Bransky David & Lisa Luckenbach David & Marilyn Neuman David & Mary Cunning David & Pamela Lee David Brown David Kille David Kramer David White Dawn Blauer de Vie Weinstock Debbie & James Harmon

Avery Colborn

Chris Brock

Barbara & Charlie Snyder

Chris Broman & Mary Mohr

Barbara & Michael Rugo

Christina Kennedy

Barbara Gibson & Bill Shields

Christina Lee

Barbara Rose

Christine Cooper

Barry & Paula Wayne

Christine Gallagher

Belinha Beatty

Christine Humphrey

Benjamin Holland

Christy & Don Jackson

Bent & Else Lundbye

Cindy & Douglas Bower

Beth Dorenkamp

Cindy & Lynn Mullins

Betsy Fields

Cindy Hansen

Betty Gutman

Cindy Pitou Burton

Bettyanne Sessing

Claudia & Drew Lurie

Bill & Maggie Mors

Claudia Boyd-Barrett

Dmitri Siegel & Woodwyn Koons

Bill Thatcher

Clementine Turner

Dogs Fly Design

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Debora Kirkland Deborah & Richard Waxberg Deborah Whorf Dee Reid & Jeff Starkweather Deneille Ingram Denis Thomopoulos Derek Mason Diana Goodrow Diana Kelly Diane Sharani McLaughlin Dirk Farner Dirk Schubert

Eleanor Crilly Elena Rios Elisa Taylor-Godwin Elizabeth & Bill Tallakson Elizabeth Clarke Emilee Dziuk Emily Prather Eric Ehlers

Jan & Marc Key Jan & Roy Worsham Jan Hiester Jan Scow Jane & Dennis McCarthy Jane Morris Janet & John Owens Janice Dependahl

Eric Johnson


Erika Lindquist

Jeanette & Joel Berkovitz

Erin Mills

Jeanette Robinson

Eva Grasso

Jen Muller

Evert Nygren

Jennifer & Richard Niles

Flynn Vanauker

Jennifer Holland

Frances Perez

Jerry Millstein & Jill Penkus

Frank Hanson

Jerry O’Brien

Fred & Judy Bysshe

Jesse Ridenour

Gabe Trujillo

Jessica Brown

Gail Cooley

Jessica Cesar

Gail Furillo

Jill & Evan Lashly

Gail Smith

Jim & Lisa Greenway

Gary & Carmen Glenn

Jim & Susan Jackson

Gary Gartrell

Jim & Susan-Marie Moody

Gary Nichols

Jim Parker

Gayla Swann

Jo Ann Monak

Gayle Caldwell

Joan & Willis Allen

Gerald & Darlene Carlson

Joan Samara

Gerri French

Joanne & Neil Quinn

Gerry & Beverly Ching

John & Jessica Nava Page 9

Joel Weishaus & Susan Rowland

Kate Furlong

Kristina & Eric Vallen

Lynn Rimkus

Michael & Stacy Havstad

Kate Hadeka

Kristina & Gary Duncan

Lynne Doherty & Helen Allen

Michael & Susan Weaver

John & Joan Sherfey

Kate Horwick

Larry & Elizabeth Memel

M. Therese Brown

Michael Boggs

John & JoAnne Wilson

Katherine Crook

Laura Denne

Malgorzata Materka-Ulivo

Michael Daley

John & Lisa Boyd

Kathleen & Raul Kottler

Laura Pavliscak

Marcia & Richard Sykes

Michael Finley

John Dutton

Kathleen & Wayne Morris

Lauren Nichols

Michael Marks

John Hankins

Kathleen Moore

Laurie Edgcomb

Marcia Doty & Celeste Matesevac

John Krist

Kathreen Smith

Laurie Hope

John, Reese & Brianna Lamar

Kathryn Le Grice

Lavonne Theriault

Johnny Dresser

Kathryn Soares

Lee & Katherine Rosenboom

Johnny Park

Kathy & Wes Theis

Les Weber

Jolene Catlett

Kathy McAlpine

Lesley Laine

Jonathan & Julie Marie Teichert

Kathy Walker

Leslie, Glenn, & Alex Paxton

Katie Cook

Liberty Hanson Wild

Kay Renius

Liesel Rigsby

Kelli & Shane Butler

Lin Mullenneaux

Kellie Warriner

Linda & Robert Meyer

Kelly Hahs

Linda Aldous

Judy Mize

Kelsey Bailey

Linda Bogart

Judy Piazza

Ken & Karen Lemieux

Linda Groberg

Judy Ross

Ken Delbo

Linda Laughner

Julia & Joe Alcocer

Ken Leandro

Linda Parks

Julie Griffin & Stan Schneider

Kendall & Ron Verkennis

Linda Steis

Juliet Henderson

Kendra Yoes

Lindsey & Dylan Roddick

June & Michael Juett

Kevin & Susie Hanson

Lisa Hacker

Justin & Viki Purvis

Kevin Lively

Liz Haley

Kai Ewert

Kevin Reed & Cathleen Lynch

Lori Blackmon

Kara & Jeff Hooper

Khaled & Sheryl Al-Awar

Lori Calabrese

Karen & Craig Harris

Kikki Eilertsen

Lori Cleary

Karen & Gary Bednorz

Kim Maxwell & Patrick Lashly

Lori Farrar

Karen & Woody Traudt

Kim Vincent

Lucille Elrod

Megan & Scott Pemberton

Pam Tonucci

Karen Ciabattoni

Kip Mikler

Lucy & Peter Read

Meher Mount - Buzz

Pamela Fetter

Karen Sama

Krista Bloom

Lydia Ruark

& Ginger Glasky

Patricia Bailey Patrick & Sarah Karinja Patrick Taylor

Jonelle Miller Joy Atrops-Kimura Joy Fedele & Scott Forsyth Judy & David Poultney

Michael Tregler

Margot & Rich Blacker

Michele DuPratt

Marilyn Clay Noad

Michelle Cassel

Marilyn K. Whitford

Michelle Sherman

Mark & Susan Hibberd

Mike & Nancy Krumpschmidt

Mark Fox

Mitchell R. Yount

Mark Miller

Molly Jordan Koch

Mark Wieneke

Monique Navarro

Marlayn Riley

Mooney Creative

Martha Saxe

Moorea Kern

Marvin & Trina Stevens

Nancy & Gerry Moir

Marvin & Anne Johnson

Nancy & Glenn Perry

Mary Ann, Chuck &

Nancy Aguilar

Eleanora Burright

Nancy Clark

Mary Godschalk

Nancy Currey

Mary Guinn & Michelle

Nancy Escher

Guinn-Di Bernardo

Nancy Pepper

Mary Jane McCall

Narmeen Hashim

Mary-John Hart Matt & Betsey Funderburk Maureen Tunney &

Nate & Lindsey Yeager Nick Bobroff Nicole Stern

John Oldach

Ojai Blooms

Maureen Volland

Ojai Pottery and Clay School

Me Gusta Tamales

Owen & Jaimie Judkins

Karen Storey

Kristen Smith

Lynn & George Malone

Meredith Martin Treadwell

Kat Howell

Kristen Sullivan

Lynn Dorgan

& Tom Treadwell

WELCOME NEW DONORS! Alexandra Gritlefeld Balian-Chinn Family Charitable Bank of the Sierra Brad Boyd Brenda Flores Bryan Gonzales Catherine Ann Jones Dane Kapler David Low Debra Eve Donna Baumann Dylan Boeken Elissa O’Brien Eric Adams Francis Pepper Page 10

Glen Eidson Graham Chisholm Holly Vesecky & Josh Beckman Jhaura & Mihaela Wachsman Jill & Chris Borgeson Jill Cohen John Holt Johnathan Reinbold Law Office of Robert Long Leslie Z Tobin Liliana Bettolo Louis Hunt Lucy & Jonathan Tolmach Margaret Jones Marissa Bills

Mike Frisk Nancy J Madsen Nancy Mana Patrick Mahoney Peak Design People to People, LA Chapter Peter Seery Pressley Johnson Design Richard Appelbaum Richard Carlson Robert Beitcher Sarah Clabeaux Sarah Jacobs Sarah Trudeau Scott Weiss

Seal Graeber Soul Body Ojai Healing Arts & Yoga Center Susan King Susie Kenefick Tanner Yould Tee Smith Tessa Byars Tigran Nahabedian Tom Atherton Tom Maloney & Andrea Jones Yvonne Besvold Acknowledgments: 11/20/19—1/14/20 The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy

Topa Topa Sponsors

By Gretchen Garnett Patti Jones

Ronald & Charlotte Williams

Sierra Alder

Patty Fry

Ronne Grasberger

Sierra Sanchez-Grossman

Paul & Carol Belser

Rose C. Boggs

Simone Berkovitz

Paul DeLapa & Bruce Owen

Rosemarie Singer

Slow Tech Labs

Paul Wah

Rosie & Barney Tower

Soheila Kolahi

Peggy & Dennis Wood

Roy Hooper

Solveig Listerud

Peter Schreiner

Ruth Cooper

Sooz Glazebrook

Philip Fickling

Ruth Walker

Sophie Loire

Philip Rosenbaum

Ryan Imhof

Stacey Bennett

Pippa’s Print Shop

Sallie G. Reynolds

Stacy Smith

Priscilla Archibald

Sally & James True

Stephanie Wald

R.A. & A.P. Bernhoft

Sally Greenwood

Stephen & Judy Walker

Rachel Kondor & Brian Segee

Samuel Thomas

Stephen & Ruby Pronovost

Rae Amey

Sara Zicherman

Stephen & Sandra Selwyn

Ramona Andrews

Sarah & John Alderson

Stephenie Steger

Ramona Mejia

Sarah Ferranti

Steve & Debi Carr

Ramsay & Elise Rayner

Sarah Lubeck

Steve Clark

Rena Randall

Sarah Morrow

Steve Offerman

Rhiannon Kingston

Scott & Leilani Weigand

Steven & Nancy Baker

Richard & Sharon Rockefeller

Sepideah Mohsenian-Rahman

Stuart & Kyle Crowner

Richard Bradley

Serena Warner

Susan & Dwayne McCulloch

Richard Flowers

Sespe Farm Management

Richard Hiltner

Sharlene Smartt

Richard Jones

Sharon Best

Richard Omura

Sharon Madonna

Richard Parsons

Sharon Thames

Susan Hardenbergh & Rod Jacobsen

Robert & Amy Dennis

Sharon Van Riper

Susan King

Robert Hartmann & Mel Welsh

Sheila McCue

Susan Leech

Robin Fontana Kent

Sholom Joshua

Susan Provost

Robin Wallace

Sid & Sheila Cohn

Susan Van Abel

Susan Capper Susan Draffan & David Buehrens

Thank you to all of our Business Sponsors for your generosity!


Dr. David L. Garber, D.D.S Gojai Patagonia

Ventura River Sponsors

El Segundo Brewing Company, LLC Lorraine Lim Catering, Inc Topa Topa Brewing Company

Ojai Meadows Sponsors

Brent Jacobs Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley California Resources Corporation High on Kennels Ojai Valley Trail Riding Company REI Rotary Club of Ojai

San Antonio Creek Sponsors

Channel Islands Sportfishing The Glass Man Professional Window Washing Company, Inc. The Gables of Ojai Kerry Miller Designer & Builder, Inc Laughing Dog Ranch LLC Meiners Oaks Ace Hardware Meridian Design Construction Ojai Valley Inn Ojai Valley Lions Club Optimize Riverview Ranch SC&A Insurance Services LLC Thomas E. Malley Law Office West Coast Air Conditioning

Sulphur Mountain Sponsors

ALCO Plumbing California Solar Electric Compass and Nail, Inc Don & Cheree Edwards ~ RE/MAX Gold Coast Realtors Dreamcatcher Animal Sanctuary Euterpe Farms Firestick Pottery McDaniel Insurance Services Rabobank Rains Shelter Social Club Soul Body Ojai Healing Arts & Yoga Center Ventura Wild Vitality Fitness Ojai

In-Kind Sponsors

BioResource Consultants bITvision California 101 Guide Custom Printing Michael Lommel | Ojai Quarterly Ojai Valley Directory

MOST LIKED PHOTOS OF 2019 Susan Yarnell

Vida Vida

Allen Vail

Bill & Renate Funk

Chris & Mark Marmes

Susie & Anthony Tomlinson

Vikki Havle

Allison Reed

Bita Ratkevich

Chris & Suzy Reinhart

Suzanne Harvey

Virginia Siegfried

Andrea Brook

Bob & Kathleen Blackmur

Chris & Wendy Hilgers

Suzanne Lugotoff

Wade Dazey

Andrea Gaines

Bob & Kim Perron

Christie Mattull

Suzanne Soule

Wayne Tate

Andrew & Sharon Engel

Bob Dreger

Christina Taylor & John Webb

Sydney Robertson

Wendy & Jerry Jacobs

Sylvia MuĂąoz Schnopp

Angela Heald

Christine & Bud White

Wendy Ford

Bonnie LaForge

Tamra Reza

Anna Thomas

Brendan Soule

Christine Bednar

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Anne & Chad Carper

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Brett & Denise Kantrowitz

Terra Candiloro

Whitney & Christopher DeMoor

Anne & David Brown

Brian & Marie Haase

Christopher Bates & Sandra Torres

Anne Hallock

Brittany Sanders

Anne Kaplan

Bruce Jugan

Tessa Magill

Will Johnson & Victoria Matthews

Anne Ricketts

The Balina Family

Willa Irwin

Carl & Jody Cooper

Annie Nyborg & Matt Brunetti

The Southern Los Padres Trekking Company

Wilson Miller

Anthony & Kathan Glassman

Yolande LaBelle

Theresa & Cesar Mendoza

Zoerita & Clark Bowers

Arne Anselm & Michelle Velderrain

Terry & Alan Maulhardt Terry Beckett

Thomas Fredrickson

Art & Margie Coats

Tim Nafziger & Charletta Erb

Sustaining Donors $100+

Aryna Swope & Phil Caruthers

Timothy Teague

A Taste of Ojai

Tom & Vickie Robertson

Awhai Pottery

Adam Kear

Tom Rambo

Adaya Walsh

Tony Sturgeon Tracee Sorrentino

Adrienne & Christopher Stephens

Tracey Jackson

Barbara Bones Barbara Bowman & Sol de la Torre Bueno

Christy & Karl Hunter Cindy Frings Cindy Gordon Cindy Rowe

Carol Peterson & Curt Mossestad

Claire & Brad Brian Claire & David Paulson

Carol Shore

Claudia Wilson

Carolee Tibbitts

Clinton & Eileen Vocke

Caroline Good

Cowles Clan

Carolyn M. Huestis Carrie Eller & Jimmy Harvey Caryn & Charlie Bosson Cathi & James Nye

Dalius Gedgaudas Dan Chase Dan Walsh

Barbara Feild

Cathy Diorio

Airdrie Martin Kincaid

Charlene Broudy

Tracey St. Johns

Barbara Sorem-Hughlett

Alan & Jeanne Templeman

Charles Crofoot

Travis Dasnoit & Bethany Inoshita

Barry & Chris Betlock

Alan & Liz Forbess

Barry & Donna Rabe

Chester & Bernadette Jagiello

Trent & Olga Jones

Alex & Sarah Sheshunoff

Benjamin Mati

Chet & Mellanie Hilgers

Van Doan

Ali S. Widmar

Bert & Lanae Carter

Chris & Anna P. Rhoda

Vanessa Rogers

Allen & Theresa Bridges

Betty & Maynard Olson

Chris & Karen Birbeck

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Dana White Danielle Thulin Darlene Patrick & Jim Selman Dave Schaar David & Vicki Hunt David Byars & Stephanie Niccora

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All photos taken on the Ventura River Preserve. Photo credits - Left page: Ashley Berry Right page: Nathan Wickstrum David Mayer

Emily & Tony Ayala

Heide Kurtz

Jill Grantham

& Darrell Ralston

David Pacheco

Emily Duke

Helene & John Vachet

Jim & Fran Christiansen

Kara Lakes

David Wheaton

Eric & Missy Stoen

Heritage Financial

Jinny & Rob Feiss

Karen Kaminsky

Dean Hazard

Eric Dilks

Herring Law Group

Joan & Bill Vogel

Karen Mason

Dean Zatkowsky

Erick & Jen Lord

HHL Foundation

Joan Roberts

Kashi & Jennifer Lee

Debbie & Frank Parisi

Erin & Jon Bernthal

Howard & Irene Hoos

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Green Goddess Garden

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The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy

Together, our community will help protect Ojai’s open space for everyone to enjoy, forever. Thank you to our Wild About Ojai partners who help make this possible. Visit a participating business today and take part.

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Just by including the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy in your estate plans, you can help protect the beauty of Ojai for generations to come. A bequest is a simple way to support the OVLC in the future while retaining control of your assets during your lifetime. By making the OVLC a beneficiary of your will, trust, retirement plan, life insurance policy, or financial accounts, you ensure your values will be passed on after you.

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The real beneficiary, of course, is Ojai.

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Alan & Carol Saltzman

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Hank Pepper

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Meiners Oaks Ace Hardware

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Joe Rohde & Mel Malmberg

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The Glass Man Professional Window Washing Company, Inc.

Caroline Hawkins*

The Hess Family

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The Robert M Nutting Family Foundation

El Segundo Brewing Company, LLC

The Walt Disney Company Foundation

Elizabeth Wallace

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Deven May*

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Firestick Pottery

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Greyfox Investors LLC

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Rotary Club of Ojai

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Peter K. Noone*

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Loebl Family Fund

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Janet Jacobs

Margot Griswold

SC&A Insurance Services LLC

Anna Getty

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Jennifer Keeler

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So Hum Foundation

Barbara Sunderland


Jennifer Kistler

Mary Bergen

Susan Bee

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Jim & Becky Campbell Kimberly & Mike Robertson Mary M Downer Nathan & Rebecca Wallace Otis & Bettina Chandler Foundation Patagonia

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Photo by Brendan Cleak We used to estimate the number of visits to our preserves by tallying

do Trailhead Hosting in the future, we will be able to see how preserve

the number of doggy poop bags we had to order each year. This was,

use changes, and likely increases, over time. These data help with

suffice to say, a ruff estimate. For that simple reason, we decided to

planning and budgeting for trail maintenance and when considering

develop the new Trailhead Hosting program and after four hosting days

building new trails.

in 2019, we have a much better idea of how many visits we get, and we learned quite a bit more. On February 9 and August 16 at the Ventura River Preserve, April 24 at the Valley View Preserve, and December 14 at the Ojai Meadows Preserve, volunteers spent 9 hours each day interacting with and counting visitors. One those four days, our volunteers counted 1,153 users (1,006 pedestrians, 35 equestrians, and 112 mountain bikers) not to mention 295 dogs. Over two days, the Ventura River Preserve had a total of 671 visits, while Valley View Preserve had 183 visits in one day, and Ojai Meadows Preserve had 299 visits in one day. Extrapolating this data, we potentially have over 300,000 visits to our preserves in a single year!

Of course, it’s not just how many visits we get, but where and when people are visiting. Riverview Trailhead on the Ventura River Preserve is the busiest trailhead, while the early morning (8-9am) and lunch time (12-1pm), are the busiest times across all of the preserves. Having this type of specific information can help the OVLC in our stewardship of the land, directing our efforts and limited resources to the best time and place as needed. In addition to counting the users, our volunteers provided community outreach by answering visitors’ questions, offering advice on where to go on the preserves, and collecting feedback through optional surveys. According to the majority of our visitors, the most important thing

Quantifying visits to our preserves helps us in grant applications. It also

that the OVLC can do in this valley is to protect more land, and provide

helps us understand the real impact on our trails, and by continuing to

wildlife habitat.

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The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy

Ever wonder how people hear about the OVLC? We learned that word of mouth is far and away the number one means by which people find us. To all our visitors, we thank you for promoting the OVLC! Understanding the values of our community helps the OVLC plan for the future, prioritize our work based on community expectations, and overall, helps us be a more supportive and integral part of this community. So, if you stopped by to fill out one of those surveys this past year, thank you for helping to direct land management in this valley! We’ll be doing more Trailhead Hosting in the future, so we hope to see you again, perhaps even as a volunteer host!


In the field, in the office, at events, and wherever else we need help—our amazing volunteers put in 3,795 hours last year! We are so grateful for every minute you take to help us conserve Ojai. You make it possible for us to do all that we do and we are excited for another year with all of you! Protecting your views, trails, water and wildlife Page 19

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Thank you Patagonia for matching $49,121 for donations made through Patagonia Action Works! If you donated through Patagonia Action Works, and did not receive a thank you note from the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, you may have unselected the top box (see below), and therefore we do not know who you are. Unfortunately, this means we could not properly thank you, nor credit the donation to your name. Please reach out to, if you think this may have happened with your donation. We received 30 “anonymous” donations. If you did indeed want your donation to be anonymous, there is no need to reach out, and we thank you for your support.

Share my contact information with the group receiving this donation. Keep me in the loop with Patagonia Action Works emails.

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