Open Spaces - 2021 Fall Newsletter

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The newsletter of the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy BOARD OF DIRECTORS Roger Essick President Stefanie Coeler Vice President Martha Groszewski Treasurer Bret Bradigan Secretary Bill Brothers Sandy Buechley Fiona Hutton Phil Moncharsh Tonya Peralta Don Reed Larry Rose Lu Setnicka Sarah Sheshunoff Cari Shore

STAFF Tom Maloney Executive Director Tania Parker Deputy Director Brendan Taylor Director of Field Programs Dan Pizano Operations Director Xena Grossman Development Manager Vivon Crawford Restoration Program Manager Nathan Wickstrum Communications & Outreach Manager Adam Morrsion Volunteer & Events Coordinator Linda Wilkin Land Steward Mayra Diaz Restoration Field Crew Leader Sophie McLean Restoration Field Crew & Nursery Assistant Lisa Nix Restoration Field Crew Ron Singer Nursery Manager Mission: OVLC protects and restores the open space, wildlife habitat, watersheds, and views 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

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.

The real beneficiary, ofof course, is is Ojai. The real beneficiary, course, Ojai.

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In her outstanding 2015 best seller The Invention of Nature, Andrea Wulf notes how in the late 1700’s Alexander von Humboldt identified the idea of human induced climate change and some of the first notions of what we now refer to as “natural capital” or “ecosystem services.” Of course, in those days, his observations were largely forgotten in the flurry of the amazing discoveries of the natural world. Fast forward 200 years to the first Congressional hearings on climate change when climate scientists warned of worsening droughts, extreme heat, and more frequent and severe hurricanes and wildfires. With the extremes in weather globally, there can be little debate that these predictions have been borne out! While meaningful action on climate has been lacking, perhaps the fact that the predicted effects are now being felt first hand will inspire meaningful action from citizens and leaders? Local conservation organizations like OVLC struggle with how to address the global phenomenon of climate change. What can a small group do to ameliorate threats that affect the very things that we are trying to save but are governed by global scale factors? The discussion can focus on mitigation versus adaptation and resilience. Mitigation comes in the form of investing in forests and other natural systems that effectively store carbon for hundreds of years. Adaptation and resilience measures seek to protect and enhance the local ecosystems in response to anticipated changes. Sometimes, the best approach is both. While local land trusts will not solve the global climate crisis, the old adage “Think global, act local” provides a direction. As we live through drought and heat stresses from a changing climate, Protecting your views, trails, water, and wildlife.

more investments in our local natural capital are critically needed. Protecting and restoring land is a no regrets endeavor since the spectrum of benefits are so far reaching. Protecting and restoring the Ventura River will provide one of the best chances for the steelhead trout to thrive and also offer a place for solace from the heat. Working to protect the shady north-facing slopes of Sulphur Mountain will preserve a climate refuge for species like the endangered CA red-legged frog. OVLC’s work to restore oaks to the Ojai Meadows Preserve will enhance biodiversity and shade and cool the local environment. To meet the challenges, we’re excited to have three new staffers join the team! In this newsletter we introduce Vivon Crawford, OVLC’s new Restoration Program Manager, who will be taking a more comprehensive approach to restoration in the Ojai Valley. We also welcome Lisa Nix to our field crew. She will be joining the team on the ground that makes these restoration efforts possible. We’re also looking to grow and expand our opportunities to involve the community in our work. To that end, we’re thrilled to announce that Adam Morrison will be OVLC’s first Volunteer & Events Coordinator. Adam will restart our All About Ojai series of environmental walks and talks. We look forward to seeing you at one of these events and exploring these topics of resilience with you. Thank you for your generous support—you make everything we do possible.

Tom Maloney, Executive Director

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SPECIAL ACKNOWLEDGMENTS IN MEMORY OF Sheila Cluff To the Cluff Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will always have fond memories of Sheila and of the Oaks at Ojai. from Blair Hundahl Bob Unruhe from the United Teachers of Los Angeles Retired Patricia & James Ticer Eleanor Smith Land from Eleanorius Fund – VCCF Allegra Fuller Snyder from Jaime & Cheryl Snyder Danny Moses from Leslie & Glenn Paxton Allan Jacobs from Michael J. Jauregui & Susan Olson Japhy, Bodhi, & Zoey the Parakeet from The Peaceful Pup

Gloria Slosberg from Charles & Myr Slosberg

James Newton Howard Wishing you a healthy and happy birthday Much love, Sam Schwartz & Mike Gorfaine

Larry Vejtasa Happy Father’s Day! from Kendra Vejtasa

Lulu & Adelaide Polidori from Brittany Sanders & Robert Polidori

Natasha Kawasaki For my sweetest, most beloved, and dearest birthday angel. I love and cherish you the mostest, and with each, every, and especially this newest sun. from Jennifer Azlant

Oliver Boyd-Barrett Happy Father’s Day! from Daniel Boyd-Barrett

COMPANY GIFT MATCHES Autodesk Foundation Boeing Chevron Humankind Matching Program Names Family Foundation Take Two Software From: 6/9/21-10/11/21

Thank you for increasing your impact!


Pumpkin the Cat from Sierra Sanchez Grossman

Peter Parziale In honor of my dad, a dedicated trail work volunteer


from Dan Parziale

Ana Yount Ana’s birthday fundraiser from Mitchell R. Yount

Sandy Buechley In honor of Sandy Buechley’s birthday from Friend’s Ranch

Barb Rugo

Becky Swift In honor of her retirement from a lifetime of dedicated nursing from Jill Forman & David Young

Suza Francina birthday fundraiser

Dave Fleischman

Cheryl & Mason Cooper We love you! Thank you for being the best babysitters we’ve ever had! from Xander & Wyatt Daren Magee aka Real Fun, Wow! Supporting the beauty in our backyard from BANDITS Bandanas

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from Bliss Page, Catherine Mcdonough, Carol Vesecky, Christine Denney, Eleanor Kas, Fatah Evans, Jane Cameron, Ken Hainline, Marcy & Steve Toscher, Marshall, Mimi Cutler, Myrto Karamitsou, Sandra Miller, Sarah Bevilacqua, Sunny Bower, Sylvie Waxman Walker, Wendy Bonvechio

Acknowledgments: 6/9/21-10/11/21

Jon Dieges Larry Rose Phil Moncharsh **Volunteer hours since 10/1/2018 The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy

WELCOME NEW STAFF MEMBERS! WELCOME NEW STAFF MEMBERS! Vivon Crawford Restoration Program Manager Vivon grew up in San Jose, California and moved to Santa Barbara for college. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and continued on to pursue a Master of Environmental Science and Management at the UCSB Bren School. In graduate school, Vivon was a Sustainable Water Markets Fellow and focused her studies on the economics and policies of water use in the Colorado River Basin. Since then, Vivon lived in Argentina and worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society to develop a drone-based wildlife monitoring pilot program. This work took her to remote reserves throughout Patagonia, where she would spend weeks in the field with researchers, ranchers, and park rangers surveying wildlife ranging from guanacos to sea lions. One of her favorite projects

was conducting annual drone surveys of nesting albatrosses and penguins in the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas). As Restoration Program Manager, Vivon will be leading the charge on all aspects of restoration at OVLC. She will be expanding our restoration program and securing additional funding to continue current oak woodland, wetland, and riparian projects. Vivon has already jumped in headfirst, working with key stakeholders and private landowners to start the process of eradicating the 69-acres of giant reed (Arundo donax) that remain in the Ventura River Watershed to date. In her free time, Vivon loves going on road trips, pitching her tent under the stars, and tying flies on the river with her foxy Shiba Inu, Buta Mallin. Now that she is back in the Central Coast, Vivon is excited to explore the area and contribute to making the Ojai Valley more resilient and adaptable to today’s changing climate. If you see Vivon and her dog, Buta, on the trails, be sure to stop and say hi!

Adam Morrison Volunteer & Events Coordinator Adam grew up in Wyoming and spent his childhood in the Big Horn Mountains. This instilled in him a love of the mountains and open spaces. He attended the University of Denver for a BA in Religious Studies after returning from a year-long youth exchange in Thailand. Throughout his academic career, he balanced his academic studies with work as a seasonal wildland firefighter, spending the better part of a decade working across the Mountain West for the BLM, USFS, and NPS. Adam moved with his wife Kate to California to pursue an MA and PhD in Religious Studies, completing the program in 2018 with a dissertation focused on nineteenth-century legal debates over the practice of polygamy. After three years in academic Protecting your views, trails, water, and wildlife.

administration, working on public humanities programs offered by UC Santa Barbara, the open spaces of Ojai called (and the commute was slowly killing him)! As OVLC’s Volunteer and Events Coordinator, Adam will be the main point of contact for all of your volunteer needs. He’s also going to be rejuvenating the programs that were put on hold due to COVID-19. These programs include the All About Ojai speaker series, the docent program, donor parties, and field trips. Keep an eye out for Adam at future OVLC and community events. He can also be found hanging out around town, coaching his kids’ soccer games on Saturdays, and hiking the trails with his wife and two kids, Waylon and Kally.


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CREATURE FEATURE THE ROADRUNNER Beep! Beep! You might know the greater roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) from the classic Looney Tunes cartoon and how the character Road Runner always seems to run faster than Wile E. Coyote; but this isn’t the case in real life. In fact, coyotes can run up to 43 miles per hour, while the greater roadrunner clocks in at a top speed of 26 miles per hour. However, while a coyote can pose a serious threat, the greater roadrunner is agile and can escape its predators by weaving in and out of shrubs like a soccer superstar dribbling through the opposing team’s defense with ease. The greater roadrunner is also very well adapted to its environment. It is an opportunistic omnivore and is able to stay hydrated by absorbing water found in its prey. Its diet consists of insects, rodents, arthropods like scorpions, tarantulas, and centipedes. They also eat lizards, small mammals, fruit, seeds, snakes (including rattlesnakes), and it’s one of the few predators of the tarantula hawk. The greater roadrunner is a terrestrial bird, meaning it spends the majority of its time on the ground. While the greater roadrunner can fly, it typically only chooses to do so when escaping predators. Next time you’re out on the preserves, keep an eye out for this cunning beauty. You just might catch a glimpse of it before it darts off into the bushes.

Photo courtesy of Dean Zatkowsky

IT’S UNBELEAFABLE! It’s that time of year when the pinkish-white flowers of the California buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum) have turned into a gorgeous rust color. California buckwheat grows to be on average four feet tall, thrives in full sun, and practically doesn’t need soil to grow. Give it a pile of rocks and it will flourish! California buckwheat is fantastic for pollinators and attracts the likes of bees and butterflies. Birds and deer also love to browse the plant and eat the seeds. California buckwheat provides habitat for numerous wildlife and is an excellent choice to plant in your yard. The Chumash people utilize California buckwheat to treat fever, irregular menstruation, rheumatism, and stomach problems. Page 6

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“You are not a cat. Do not let curiosity overwhelm your faculties.” When out on OVLC preserves, please stay on our formal trails. You may have been told about a social trail, or noticed one that looks enticing. Please note that those are unsanctioned trample trails. If you do take unsanctioned trample trails, your curiosity is making more work for OVLC’s stewardship staff and dedicated volunteers. In Ojai’s arid climate, heading off trail is most likely killing some fragile plants too. Perhaps you disturbed some sensitive wildlife habitat. What you definitely did not do, is help protect the very same natural environment you came to experience. There are more and more unsanctioned trample trails popping up all over OVLC preserves, and they are a problem. Some of these trails (like the trample trail pictured to the right) are clearly there because trail users just have to know what is around the bend. You are not a cat. Do not let curiosity overwhelm your faculties. In this regard, we want to assure you, OVLC is not hiding a secret oasis or Garden of Eden. If there is a beautiful spot or stellar vista, we already guide you there! Not sure what is the formal trail and what is an unsanctioned trample trail? There are maps at all trailheads and wooden sign posts with metal signs at every formal trail junction. Using these resources, you will know where you are, and where you aren’t supposed to trample. Also, we know that shortcuts between switchbacks are enticing. However, with every new shortcut, there is a new spot for water to rush down and wear away solid built tread below, causing maintenance headaches and pulling resources away from improving other trails. Plus, where people trample off trail, beautiful wildflowers simply will not grow. The trail networks on the various OVLC preserves are extensive and though the idea of more trail mileage might feel good at first blush, consider why you are out on the preserve. For many of our users, you likely visit a preserve to get away from the built environment. The most tangible sign of humankind in natural areas are trails. The more trails there are, the less immersive your natural experience. Slow down and enjoy that experience. Protecting your views, trails, water, and wildlife.

Don’t take short cuts. Perfect your map reading skills and use the formal trail junction signs to help you orient yourself in your surroundings. And please stay on formal trails and view untrampled areas from afar. Please help us protect these lands for you. Please don’t make us protect them from you.

Brendan Taylor, Director of Field Programs

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FROM THE FIELD NEW BENCHES AT THE VENTURA RIVER PRESERVE If you have visited the Ventura River Preserve in the last couple months, you may have noticed some new and enticing places to sit. Specifically, some fine, hand-crafted redwood benches. We’re at long last replacing benches lost in the Thomas Fire and installing new memorial benches too. One reason we love these new benches is they are a local product! Local craftsman Ryan Lang sourced the wood from a redwood tree that was being taken down here in Ojai Valley. Ryan milled the wood and was storing it on his property when the Thomas Fire burned over the valley and singed some of the wood. It is fitting that some of the new benches carry burn scars, reminding us of the fire that led us to get new benches in the first place. Crafting these benches was a labor of love for Ryan. Already, we’ve installed one bench in Rice Canyon, two in Wills Canyon, and one near the bridge on the Allan Jacobs Trail. A fifth bench will be going in on the ridge of the Allan Jacobs Trail in the coming weeks. These five benches represent over two tons of concrete, steel, and wood! Each bench requires a multi-day installation. Burned bench foundations must be removed, and the area prepped before a new bench can be placed. Then, at least one day is needed to dig out the base and pour concrete and another is needed to set the bench in place. Getting the materials and tools to the job sites was a logistical and physical challenge. To do this, our Land Steward, Linda Wilkin, led and supported dozens of volunteers, who themselves have put in around 300 hours of labor to date. It’s been challenging, but the volunteers are enjoying the experience, especially at the end when they can take a load off by sitting on the benches they installed! We are proud to be able to replace our old benches, made of recycled plastic, with a real wood aesthetic. This far more natural appearance sits at ease in the surrounding beauty of the preserves. In time, as the remaining plastic benches need replacing, we’ll put in new wooden benches, providing even more enjoyable seating in beautiful places. Page 8

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Stuart Niebel has been an Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) docent since 2012, and has led dozens of tours on our preserves, including guiding hundreds of local school children. We hope you will consider becoming a docent too. Don’t worry if you think you don’t have the knowledge base – Stuart has created extensive docent manuals for the Valley View Preserve, Ventura River Preserve, and Ojai Meadows Preserve! We are proud to highlight Stuart’s contributions to the OVLC, in an interview he had with Land Steward, Linda Wilkin. Hi, Stuart! Can you tell us a little about your background, and how you came to volunteer at the OVLC? I spent 35 years as a firefighter, first in Carmel, and then in Ventura, where I worked for 30 years before retiring in 2012. Shortly after retiring, I showed up at the OVLC office and mentioned that I was interested in becoming a docent. While I had spent a lot of time on the land, I wasn’t an expert on the native plants and animals, nor on the OVLC’s restoration efforts. So, I asked if there were any books or literature that could help me become a docent. At the time, the OVLC didn’t have any standard docent manuals. Given my experience as a training officer in the fire department, this was the perfect project for me. To date, I have created three in-depth guides for the OVLC’s main preserves.

there is a subject you want to explore, you can expand on that subject. After I started the tour manuals, I realized we had to teach how to present these tours. We worked hard to make them engaging so that our audiences would participate and ask questions. Who should become a docent?

Anyone who is motivated to learn and has a strong desire to educate people about environmental conservation, the history of the land, and the work OVLC is doing today should consider becoming a docent. There is definitely a lot to learn, but being a A docent is a guide that knows about the history of the preserves, docent is an incredibly gratifying experience. I’ve gotten a lot of and is also knowledgeable about the plants and animals that can enjoyment out of it over the years, and it’s been fun to share what be found there. Their main job is to lead tours of the preserves, I’ve learned with preserve users and the community. And don’t and relay their knowledge in a meaningful way. While we have worry – the OVLC will teach you what you need to know! some scheduled tours open to the public, we mainly set up tours What are some things you enjoy the most about the different with organizations and schools. For example, if a class goes on a OVLC preserves? field trip to the Ojai Meadows Preserve, we give them an overI used them when I was hired, so thank you! They were so helpful and informative! What does it mean to be a docent? What do you enjoy about being one?

view about the importance of the preserve, including covering our restoration projects. However, if the students were studying a certain subject, we would focus on that specific subject. We’ve also given tours of the Ventura River Preserve and the Valley View Preserve. I really enjoyed researching and creating the manuals. The manuals have a little information about everything, and then if Protecting your views, trails, water, and wildlife.

The views from Valley View Preserve are incredible and I really love hiking up Wills Canyon at the Ventura River Preserve on a hot day because it’s nicely shaded. However, I really like the Ojai Meadows Preserve because of the restoration that’s taken place. The OVLC took land that had been used for ranching for decades, and turned it back into native habitat. It has been great to watch the transitions, even as they continue today.

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They reconfigured the pond that used to be there, and as a result, bird counts went from less than 100 different species of birds before the pond was reestablished, to close to 183 species today! It has also been interesting to watch the various restoration plantings that have both thrived and to learn from those that have not been successful. When I am giving a tour of the Ojai Meadows Preserve, I like to highlight the different plants that grow there other than coyote brush; like ceanothus, holly leaf cherry and lemonadeberry. Watching the nests at the Ojai Meadows Preserve is always exciting—especially when the red-tailed hawk nests become the owl nests. It’s always fun to watch and anticipate how many babies they might have. What does it mean to be a steward of our preserves when you use them? I like to encourage people to steward the land. If you bring trash in, you take the trash out. We’ve always had a hard time with people not picking up after their dogs, or keeping them on a leash. We’ve also had a hard time with graffiti and trash. If you see trash, please pick it up! I always have a little pack on and I pick up trash as I go. All the little actions really add up! What can visitors of OVLC’s preserves do to help protect and preserve these lands? Visitors can stay on the official trails. They can pick up trash if they see it. Visitors should also give wildlife space, and do everything in their power to avoid stepping on plants. One thing I’ve learned from being a docent and learning about wildlife and habitat is that most animals prefer to eat native plants. There’s a long evolutionary process that connects California native plants and the living species that call it home. There is a harmony between the two.

This is really important because many native plants are disappearing as people plant non-native plants in their gardens. As a result, wildlife in the area are suffering. Our yards can be native plant corridors through residential neighborhoods. I have transformed my yard into a native garden and it is nice to see the birds, butterflies, and insects enjoying my garden. I am currently growing narrow leaf milkweed, Asclepias fascicularis, in my yard. This food source will help the monarch butterfly with their migration. While we have a lot of milkweed growing at the Ojai Meadows Preserve, you can help the monarchs by planting some milkweed in your garden too. Why volunteer with OVLC? It’s your backyard! It’s right here in town and OVLC is a great organization with great people! Talking to the staff is a great resource. It’s nice to be able to talk to someone who’s an expert and learn more about what makes Ojai’s open spaces so special.

FAREWELL TO CAITLYN BARRERA In August, we said farewell to Caitlyn Barrera. Caitlyn parted ways with OVLC to pursue a Master of Public Administration with a focus on non-profit management from University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. During her two years at OVLC, Caitlyn worked her way up the tree, starting as Restoration Field Crew and ending her term as Restoration Program Manager. Caitlyn brought a lot to the table and we are incredibly grateful for everything she did during her time with us. She wrote the new mitigation/restoration plan for the Ojai Meadows Preserve and secured additional funding for those projects. The next time you read the “Creature Feature” and “Unbeleafable” sections of our quarterly newsletter, you can thank Caitlyn for those additions too. We wish Caitlyn nothing but the best in her future endeavors. Good luck and thank you for everything, Caitlyn! Page 10

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* FY 2021: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

June 30, 2021 marked the end of our first full fiscal year since we changed our fiscal year to start in July. OVLC also restructured our accounting and simplified our chart of accounts. As a result, the staff and board have a deeper understanding of the role that each program plays in OVLC’s financial condition. In particular, these changes provide comprehensive insights into the costs of stewarding the preserves, and help OVLC plan for new acquisitions and budget for preserve improvements. The final fiscal year numbers are currently being prepared by the auditors.The final report will be posted at when it is completed.

Until then, some highlights of our 2021 fiscal year (ending June 30, 2021) have been: •

OVLC kept its preserves open during the Covid-19 pandemic. Based on the many testimonials we received, it is clear that having the preserves as a place for solace in a crazy year was deeply appreciated by the community.

The Allan Jacobs bridge on the Ventura River Preserve was also completed (with the help of many volunteers!).

OVLC received a grant from the State of California for $168,000 for the Besant Meadow Bridge project.

OVLC engaged in mediation with Southern California • Edison and, after lengthy discussions, agreed to a fair settlement for the damages incurred in the Thomas Fire. OVLC continues its recovery with an eye towards the long term stewardship of our preserves.

The Rice Canyon Bridge on the Ventura River Preserve over the Casitas canal was completed after burning in the Thomas Fire.

The Green Valley Project launched with several partners to cultivate the conservation leaders of tomorrow by providing ecological restoration opportunities for high schoolers today. The Volunteer Adopter Program was launched, where volunteers have stepped into leadership positions to help OVLC maintain restoration sites and trails.

As our new fiscal year is already underway, we look forward to keeping you apprised of the great things we have planned this year including acquisitions, new staff positions, a nursery expansion, and new programs. Again, our audited financial statements will be posted in the coming weeks at Protecting your views, trails, water, and wildlife.

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TO O U R FI S C A L Y E A R ^ 2021 D O N O R S ^ FY 2021: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 * Deceased

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If this past year has shown us anything, it’s how important volunteers are to the success of the organization. We are so grateful for every minute you take to help us conserve Ojai. We are grateful for each and every one of you! Thank you for everything you do. We look forward to the day when we can have volunteers in the office again too!

James Peters Jan Worsham

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Sooz Glazebrook

Sylvia Muñoz Schnopp

Rodney & Vicki Thompson

Steel Acre Farm

Sylvie Lee

Ronald & Charlotte Williams

Stephanie Steger

Take Two Software

Stephen & Judy Walker

Ronald & Terree Pencek

Tania, Tobias & Topa Parker

Stephen & Sandra Selwyn

Ted & Pearl Malos

Rose C. Boggs

Stephen Adams

Teri Wells & David Odaka

Marvin & Anne Johnson

Mary Dalton

Paul Dreger

Mary Jane McCall

Paul E. Niedringhaus

Mary Looby

Paul Hendricks

Matt & Betsey Funderburk

Paul Lepiane

Maureen Volland Megan & Scott Pemberton Megan Hooker

Paul Rodriguez Paul Wah Paula & Geoffrey Clarke PayPal Giving Fund

Sharon Cline

Slow Tech Labs

Susan Westbrook Susan Yarnell

Sydney Robertson

Rosemary Payne

Stephnie Wald

Melinda Busch


Terri Qureshi

Pete Gachot

Meredith Martin Treadwell & Tom Treadwell

Ruby Qurashi

The Gard Family

Peter & Heidi DiCapua

Steve & Cathy Brandt

Linda Bogart Linda Groberg Linda Laughner Linda Taylor Lindsey & Dylan Roddick Lisa Aronson Lisa Carmichael

Michael & Stacy Havstad

Phillip & Mary Nelson

Quinn Morgan

Sally Green

Michael Quinn

Rachael & Brent Jacobs

Sally Greenwood

Steven & Nancy Baker

Sally True

Stuart & Kyle Crowner

Michael Shapiro & Louise Sandhaus

Rachel Dunleavy

Michele DuPratt

Rachel Newhall Ramona Andrews

Karen Traudt

Lisa Contreras

Karyn Gragg


Michelle Cassel

Ramsay & Elise Rayner

Kat Burke

Liz & Jason Goldman

Michelle Sherman

Ray & Silvia Faulstich

Lorraine West

Microsoft Mike & Carol Hall-Mounsey

Protecting your views, trails, water, and wildlife.

Samuel Ingham

Steve Doll

Summer Camp

Wendy Frank Wendy Franklin Wesley Readdick William & Wendi Knox Willoughby Johnson & Victoria Matthews

The Peaceful Pup

Steve Colome & Kathy Lottes

Warren & Ava Whitsitt

William Girvetz

Steve Bennett

Michael Marks

Saba Spencer

Virginia Thomas

Wendy McCobb

The GoodCoin Foundation

Priya Ayyar & Jesse Rivkin

Valerie Curtis

Wendy Ford

Steve & Debi Carr

Michael Boggs

Michele Houghtaling

Lori Draheim

Ryan Lang & Marie Sol

Ulrich Brugger Vanessa Rogers

Suzanne & Peter Lugotoff

Melanie Berner

Ruth Walker

Trish Whalen

Susan Smartt

Liesel Rigsby Linda & Boris Chaloupsky

Trevor Lowe & Casey Duncan

Susan Kasser

Richard & Sharon Rockefeller

Peggy & Dennis Wood

Karen Hesli

Kate & Arthur Kilmurray

Born and raised in California, Lisa grew up spending much of her time exploring the Santa Ynez Mountains and learning about the native flora and fauna. Her love for nature has led to a passion for regenerative agriculture and land stewardship. Lisa has studied plant ecology in relationship to fungi and is continuing her education in mycology. In her free time you will find her foraging for invasive species and hiking the local trails with her dog, Bee. Lisa looks forward to being a part of restoring native species and taking part in land preservation for the community and the future of the Ojai Valley!

Meher Mount, Inc

Karen Ciabattoni

Kat Howell

Lisa Nix Restoration Field Crew

Leslie, Glenn, & Alex Paxton

Linda Steis

Karen Sgroi-Proffitt

Lynn Wolfe

Marqui Bury

Karen Back

Karen Laing

Nancine Hayden

Lynne Doherty & Helen Allen


Mona Zaidi

Lynn Duenas

Laura Gruenther & Russell Crotty

Laura Rister

Mimi Klausner Monica Pattera

Marnie Northrop & Chris Toland

Laura Ochoa

Mike Scarber

Lynn Dorgan

Larry & Judith Beckett

Laura Lee Paine

Mike & Vicki Etchart

Zoerita & Clark Bowers

Theresa Mendoza Thien Vinh Nguyen Tiffani Ortiz Timothy Denardo Timothy Teague Tire Swing Studio

Sustaining Supporters $100+

Sunny Cross

Tom & Vickie Robertson

A Taste of Ojai

Susan Capper

Tom Rambo

Sarah Hassan

Susan Cowlishaw

Toni Dobel

Adam Newman

Sarah Raskin

Susan Evergreen Herick

Tony Sturgeon

Susan Hardenbergh & Rod Jacobsen

Tracy Wilson

Sandra Yadav Sara Dosa & Shane Boris

Rebecca Raskin

Sarah Trudeau

Regina Hirsch

Sascha Goldhor

Tracey Jackson

Aaron Kreisberg Adrienne & Christopher Stephens Alan & Rebecca Fabos

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MOST LIKED PHOTOS OF THE YEAR Photo credits - Left to right: Nathan Wickstrum, Jerry Maryniuk, Linda Wilkin, and Nathan Wickstrum Alex & Sarah Sheshunoff Alex Smith & Mike VanStry

Art & Margie Coats Aryna Swope & Phil Caruthers

Brian & Blossom Pidduck Brian & Christine Ford

Ashley & John Paul Doran

Brittany Sanders & Robert Polidori

Ashley Berry

Brook Montagna

Alisa Varney

Autodesk Foundation

Bruce & Marie Botnick

All Things Natural Kids Club

Autumn Watson

Bruce & Patricia Kuebler

Alexis Medley Chubby Squirrel Bake Co.

Allyn Wilde & Kathy Leary-Wilde

Badaoui Mouderres & Holly Roberts

Burgess Coker

Christine Cooper Christopher Bates & Sandra Torres Chuck Menzel Cindy & Lynn Mullins Cindy Frings Cindy Rowe Claire & Brad Brian Claire & David Paulson

Barb & Mike Rugo

Camille & Brian Holly

Cody & Reid Carolin

Amanda Coplan

Barbara & Joel Aaronson

Carey & Derek Poultney

Craig Aitken

Amy & Marcus Hueppe

Barbara Bowman & Sol de la Torre Bueno

Carl & Jo Ann Johnston

Dale Cundiff Dalius Gedgaudas

Amy Wendel

Barbara Feild

Andrea Brook

Barbara Sorem-Hughlett

Caro, Sal, Cece, Nats Acevedo’s

Alojai Creations

Andrew & Sharon Engel

Beau & Marde Godtel

Carol Peterson & Curt Mossestad

Damon Davison Dan & Barbara Hurlbutt Dan Walsh

Carol Shore

Daniel Silver

Caroline Horton

Daniel Webster & Tamara Iwerks*

Andrew Maguire

Bert & Lanae Carter

Andrew Rosch

Beth L. Wickstrum

Ann Lieff

Bill & Dan Miley

Anna Thomas

Bill & Renate Funk

Caryn & Charlie Bosson

Anne & Chad Carper

Bob & Kim Perron

Cathy Diorio

Anne Kellenberger


Celeste Gabriele

Anne Richardson & Tom & Benjamin Bryant

Dario & Linda Benedetti

Bonnie Bartling

Charlene & Ken Hartenstein

Dave Schaar

Anne Ricketts

Bram Sercu

Annie Nyborg & Matt Brunetti

Brauna & Gordon Walsh

Annie Reeves

Brent Douglass

Chris & Anna P. Rhoda

Anthony & Kathan Glassman

Brett & Denise Kantrowitz

Christine Brennan & Jim McCarthy

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Bonnie LaForge

Carolyn M. Huestis

Charles & Jo Spence Charles Crofoot Cheryl Armstrong

Danielle Brinkman Danna & Julio Contreras

David & Katherine Willis David & Marilyn Neuman

David Intner & Sage Essick Intner David Wappler de Vie Weinstock (Dare to Be Present)

Eric & Natalie Williams

Helene & John Vachet

Eric Moore

Herb & Amber Courtney

Erin & Jon Bernthal Erin Hall

Dean Hazard

Ernie Roide

Denise Le Blanc

Everard & Brooke Ashworth

Dennis & Stacy Allison Diana Feinberg

Facebook Franceen Fallett

Hunter Bowen Isla Claire Smith Jaime & Cheryl Snyder James & Carlito Paul James Capito & Terri Davis

Frances Fitting

James Odling & Gloria Valladolid

Francis Acunzo

James Tudor

Don Brusselars

Fred Chase & Martha Moran

Jan Chase

Don Cervantes*

G. Scott Miller

Donald Rodrigues

Garrett Erickson

Donna Darm

Gary & Dorothy Hitch

Dorthea Atwater & Peter Hay

Gary Nichols

Diane & John Thomson Dixie Fullerton Dodge Mallare

Doug & Moira Volpi

George Ball & Amanda McBroom Ball

Doug Reed & Kristine Humphries


Drew & Kris Mashburn Drew Ferrie Ed & Barbara Kutchma Edwin Neill Elaine Enns & Ched Myers Elaine Sweet Eleanor Crilly

Grace & Dan Malloy Grace Lin Graham Chisholm Greg & Darcy Gamble Greg & Martha Lepine Gregory Smith Gretchen Greenberg & Keith Buchan

Jane Carroll Design Janelle Taylor Janice & Dan Lang Janis Emhardt JB & Elizabeth White Jeanette & Joel Berkovitz Jeff & Elisabeth Otterbein Jeff & Theresa Ferguson Jeffrey Zurofsky Jen Muller Jenny Baum Jens & Laura Riege Jerry & Kerry Holden

Hayley Marcus

Jerry & Merry Dunn Jesse & Trina Grantham Jesse Soto

David & Pamela Lee

Elise Arnold

David & Vicki Hunt

Elizabeth Martin

Heather & Michael Holden

David Bender

Elizabeth Richardson

Heather Meyer

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy

Jill & Chris Borgeson

Juniper Dwight

Larry Heinlein

M. Kathryn Waldman

Michael Zierhut

Jim & Robyn Halverson

Kara Partridge Ralston & Darrell Ralston

Laura & Nat Reynolds

Maddie Clark

Jim Kentosh

Karen Mason

Laura Crary Interior Design

Maggie Elder

Michele Murdoch & Paul DelSignore

Joan & Bill Vogel

Karen McAuley & Jim Klausen

Laura Pavliscak

Karen Wilson & Caroline Bernard

Laurel Burkhardt

Jody & Carl Cooper Joe Rohde & Mel Malmberg

Laura Peck

Maggie Kaufman Malinda Keever Malloy Family Mandy Cisler

Karyn Hartford

Lauren Hunt

Kat Romo

Laurie Edgcomb

Margaret & Duane Williamson

Kate Wilson

Lesley Laine

Marilyn Miller

John & Harriet Clise

Katherine McClelland

Leslie Burns

Marisa Johnson

John & Jessica Nava

Kathi & Mark Connally

Linda & Robert Meyer

Mark & Dawn Golden

John & Julia Parry

Kathleen Richards

Linda Aldous

Marlayn Riley

John & Kelly van Houten

Kathy Nolan

Lindsey & Monica Raymond

Martha Collins

Lisa & Michael Marshall

Martha Saxe Marty & Diane Crowley

John & Andrea Nelson John & Caroline Thacher

John & Laurie Bodine

Kathy Teufel

John & Linda Edison

Keith & Kathleen Manion

John E. Peakes Jr

Keith Chancey

Lisa & Stephen Duncan

John Karlak

Ken Delbo

John Town

Kenley Neufeld & Leslie Davis

Lisa Baum & Mark Sausser

Jonathan & Linda Lambert

Lora Woods

Kenneth & Sarah Cluff

Loren Miller

Jonathan Katz

Kevin Lively

Lori Cleary

Josh & Zoe Loeb

Khaled & Sheryl Al-Awar

Lori Siegmund & Howard Sherer

Kim & Steven Rapholz

Lorraine Lim Catering, Inc

Juan Jose Lopez, DDS Inc Judi Morningstar & Alberto Kywi Judith Fish

Kim & Troy Hardcastle Kira Krukowski

Judy Macy

Kitty & Johnny Johnston

Judy Pugh

Kristen & Gordon Clawson

Julie & Bo Manson Julie Griffin & Stan Schneider Julie Lovejoy & Antoinette Pineau Juliet Henderson & Stephanie Thomas

Krystina Okaly Larry & Christel Rogero Larry & Joyce Steingold Larry & Karen Hanson

Louanne Fay Louis Hunt Louisa Hagen & Terry Thompson

Michelle & Matt Demaria Mike & Kelly Laber Mike Briley Mike Frisk

Matt Larrew & Jordana Kaban Matthew Nelson Maureen & John Hannah Maureen Tunney & John Oldach

Molly Jordan & Hawk Koch

Ray King & Kale Starbird

Nancy & Claude Kent

Rebecca Guadiana

Nancy & Glenn Perry

Rex & Susie Meach

Natalie Gray

Richard & Carole Keller

Nature and Intent Neil & Gina Lokuge

Oath Inc Ojai Valley Family Medicine Group Pam Tonucci

Rosalie Zabilla RoseAnn Hill Roy Hooper Ruth Sayre Ryan Firestone & Wendy Morales Sally Carless Sally Lemire Samantha Dowdall-Green Sandra & Lee Moore Sara Billings Sarah & John Alderson Sarah Otterstrom & Rick Rutherford Sarah Young Scott Ripple

Patrice & Robert Rosenthal

Shane Tyler Milson

Patrick & Kathleen Taylor

Risë Ryan

Shed & June Behar

Rob & Antoinette Tivy

Shelley Scott

Rob & Sandy Mason

Sienna Yoast

Paul Dentzel

Robert & Carolejo Adams

Sierra Alder

Robert & Linda Long

Paul & Inge Dobel

Michael & Denise Small

Peak Design

Protecting your views, trails, water, and wildlife.

Rick & Martha Dowden

Ron Stark

Shana Gadley

Paula Power & Terry Dawson

Michael Price & Leslie Clark

Richard Rhone & Cynthia Fitzpatrick

Roger Beerworth & Barbara Parsons

Risa Horowitz

Merrill Williams

Lynn Rimkus

Richard Hiltner

Roger & Susan Dickens

Sean McDermott

Lucinda & Tim Setnicka

Lynn Brookhouser

Richard & Kristal DeVillers

Robyn L. Posin

Rikki Horne

Pamela & Richard Smith

Mellanie & Chet Hilgers

Michael Kittrell

Richard & Joanne McFerron

Robin Wallace

Rick & Robin Beers

Louise Heydt

Lynda Scott & John Marshall

Raina Penchansky

Ramona Mejia

Norman & Marion Livermore

Matt & Kathleen Barth

Rachel Kondor & Brian Segee

Mitchell R. Yount

Mary Godschalk

Matt & Aubrei Norris

Priscilla L. Brennan

Rajasekaran Ramasubramanian

Nomi Morris

Mary McGrath & Richard Simon

Pierre & Beverly Schuberth

Mike Westbrook

Mary & Les Baker Mary Louise Sanchez

Phil Simon & Gwyer Schuyler

Sol Haus Design

Robert Wedin

Sondra Lender & Ben Fussiner

Pegi & Jeffrey Skoff

Robin Fontana Kent & Jeff Kent

Sophia Miles

Peter Larramendy

Robin Gerber

Stephanie & Don Midgett

Phil Kaplan

Robin Roy

Stephanie O’Neill

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A huge thank you to everyone who came out to the Steelhead Preserve for our 7th annual Mountainfilm on Tour. The event was a success and we are incredibly grateful for everyone involved in making Mountainfilm on Tour 2021 happen! We’d like to give a huge shout out to Lorraine Lim Catering. Thank you for the amazing food at Friday night’s Under the Open Sky. Our guests still haven’t stopped raving about it! Thank you Join the OVLC for an intimate, locally sourced farm-to-table to Produce Available for donating all of the produce for Under dinner on Friday, September 21. When the sun sets behind the the Open Sky. historic Ventura River Preserve, we will enjoy a collection of Mountainfilm films specially selected for this evening. With Thank you to our key sponsor the Trade Desk for their generous special guests from the films, this is a night you won’t want to support. Thank you to the Ojai Valley Inn and Fiona Hutton & miss. All attendees willShelter also receive complimentary Thank you to the Social Club for providingtickets lodgingtofor Associates. Thank you to Topa Topa Brewing Co. for supplying Saturday night’s Mountainfilm on Tour. our special guests and band. Thank you to Stefanie Coeler for the us with massive amounts of beer, Topa Mountain Winery for the beautiful flower arrangements. Thank you to Roger Essick and his delicious wine, and Ventura Spirits for the small-batch spirits. Thank you to Cole Bettles for the rocking live music, the wonS C H Ecrew D U Lfor E saving our backs with all of the heavy lifting. Thank you derful Scott Essex for being one of the best special guests we’ve to the board and staff and everyone else who helped us find such 5:30 Cocktails & Starters incredible virtual auction and raffle items! Thank you to everyone had, and Fiona Hutton for her devotion to OVLC and the truly 6:30 Family-style Dinner inspiring speech she gave Friday night at Under the Open Sky. donated to the virtual auction and the raffle. 7:30 who Films & Desserts All food, wine, and drinks are included.


Photo courtesy of Wade Sedgwick



Fiona Hutton & Associates Produce Available Visit ourShelter website, Social, or contact Tania Parker: Club Ojai Valley Inn, (805) 649-6852

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The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy


Topa Topa Sponsor Patagonia

Ventura River Sponsors BANDITS Bandanas Henry Land Surveying High on Kennels REI Sespe Creek Collective

Ojai Meadows Sponsors Laughing Dog Ranch LLC Ojai Valley Trail Riding Company

San Antonio Creek Sponsors Aqua-Flo Supply Baleen Channel Islands Sportfishing Herring Law Group Kerry Miller Designer & Builder, Inc. Raindrop Pool & Spa Rotary Club of Ojai SC&A Insurance Services LLC Tobias Parker - General Contractor West Coast Air Conditioning

Sulphur Mountain Sponsors

ALCO Plumbing Bohéme Broken Spoke Challenge/Fast Green Racing California Solar Electric Couch Guitarstraps Don & Cheree Edwards ~ RE/MAX Gold Coast Realtors Dr. David L. Garber, D.D.S Euterpe Farms Native Plants and Music Firestick Pottery The Glass Man Professional Window Washing Company, Inc. Heritage Financial Jim and Rob’s Fresh Grill McDaniel Insurance Services Ojai Pub Riverview Ranch Soul Body Ojai Healing Arts & Yoga Center Sol Haus Design

In-Kind Sponsors

bITvision California 101 Guide Custom Printing Damitz, Brooks, Nightingale, Turner & Morriset Lorraine Lim Catering, Inc Ojai Quarterly Ojai Valley Directory Topa Topa Brewing Company

Steve Clark

Allan & Joyce West

Gary & Brenda Farr

Steve Offerman

Andrea Gleysteen

Gerri Becker

Steven & Elaine Miller

Andrew Gilman

Graham Beck

Stuart & Mary Niebel

Angela Heald

Gustavo Sanchez

Sunny Bower

Mike & Joanne Caldwell

Ann & Steven Sunshine

Heather King & Greg Grant

MK McCool

Ann Framson

Heidi & Andrew Whitman

Nancy & Pat Kroy

Susan & Jim Florence Susan & Paul Wendowski Susan Gary Susan Provost Susan Van Abel Suzanne Harvey Sylvia Narula Taina Garcia Tamara & Greg Haggard Teresa & Dok Smith Terri & Alex Laine The Vyhnal Family

Annie Woods Barbara Balderman BeCalm of Ojai Betsy Vanleit Bret Bradigan Brian & Amy Stark

Ingo & Leslie Schreiber

Nicola Bennett

Jack & Kelley Dyer Jacqueline Jacob & Derek Dammers James Fugle

Bruce Stenslie & Julie Tumamait-Stenslie

Jay & Pam Windsor

Pat & Steve Edwards

Jean Robinson

Patrick & Nancy Gallagher

Jim Churchill

Tom & Nanette Benbrook Tom Majich Tom Weisel Tracy & Mark Bellomo Warshaw Trevor & Monica Marshall Trish & Kent Hardley Tyler Johnson Tyson Babayco Vida Vida Virginia & Peter Aguirre Virginia Siegfried & Barry Verga Warren McConnell Watercolors by Patty Van Dyke Wendy Hilgers William Fleming William Spellman & Lynn Van Emmerik William Spina Yvonne Besvold Zoe & Helen Petroff

Stewards $250+ Adam Kear Al Stroberg & Betsy Patterson

Ojai Certified Farmers Market

Janice Thomas

Chelsey & Josh Fink

Tina Pukonen

Norm & Susan Reccius

Bruce Jugan

Charley & Sandy Sledd

Tina Mehr & Rich Anderson

Nita Whaley & Don Anderson

Bruce & Linda Nofrey

Thomas & Janice McCormick

Tim Murphy

Natasha Kawasaki

Jamie & Carolyn Bennett

Jerry & Linda Bruckheimer

Tia & Pat Marshall

Myrna Cambianica Nancy Pepper

Carrie Starks

Thrive Wellness Workshop

Michele Sordi

Howard Asher & Jan Helfrich

Theresa & Allen Bridges

Aletheia Gooden

Protecting your views, trails, water, and wildlife.

Anne Fitzgerald & David Chase

Michael Stevens Grand East Oak Apts

Chip & Lori Collins

Jo-Anne & Harold Guy

Parris & John Collins Pat & Larry Hartmann

Paul Mithra Peter Passell & Joan Peters

John & Lisa Adair

Peter Strauss & Rachel Ticotin

John Kuney & Christy Sebastian

Phillips/Bandoli Charitable Fund

Julie & Jeff Mc Manus

Polly & Scott Nelson

Danielle Noble & Matthew Myerhoff

Julie Grist & Paul Holahan

Ray Abel & Pilar Pacheco

Darian & Peter Dragge

Julie Hahn

Raymond Bransfield

Dariel & Erin Sidney

Karen Kaminsky

Rene Briggs

Dave & Beth Cohen

Karin & Rod Dingman & Family

Richard & Maddy Ehrman

Kate & Roger Larramendy-Wright

Richard & Mary Kanatzar

Katherine & Glenn Erickson

Richard & Sandy Hajas

Chris Brock Cindy Gordon Dan & Betsy George Daniel Walsh

David & Amy Lamb David & Lisa Luckenbach David & Mary Trudeau David Wieger Debora Kirkland Debra Hyde & Therese Truitt Dee Dee & John Farrar Dennis & Meredy Benson Rice Diane & Jim Holland Doug & Mary Jo McLeod Dylan Boeken Ed & Judy Savage Eddie & Larry Leonard Edie Lambert Elizabeth & Bill Tallakson Elizabeth Watson Emily & Tony Ayala

Katherine Flecker Katherine Regester Kellie Warriner Ken Leandro

Robert (BD) & Liz Dautch Robert & Katy Zappala Robert Davis Robert Ornstein

Kevin Lynn

Roger Erickson

Kevin Reed & Cathleen Lynch

Scott & Jeri Johnson

Kurt Neher

Scott Williams Sharon Thames

Lara Elliott Leigh Scarber

Shelley Cornish Sherri Drifka

LeighAnn McDonald

Stephen Midgley

Lori Anaya

Sue Horgan

Lynn & Ron Render

Susan & Dwayne McCulloch

Maher Zaidi Margo & Christopher Land Maria Halvorson

Tanja Reutimann Terry & Alan Maulhardt

Eric & Missy Stoen

Mark Silbernagel

Terry & Cricket Twichell

Eric & Wendy Lockwood

Marty & Barbara Pops

The Balina Family

Matthew Hately

The Fout Family

Megan Davis

The Hume Family

Gabriel Reilly

Michael & Susan Addison

Todd & Jennifer Soller

Gail & Alan Mintz

Michael Sagol

Fred Rothenberg Friend’s Ranch

Tom Maloney & Andrea Jones

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THE SEED COLLEC TOR There are many lessons learned when the days are spent with plant and animal folk—a literacy of some ancient hum that this unseasoned human must learn. On the fall day before rain this early October—unbeknownst to me—the acorns were ready. Yet, the emissaries of summer hunger showed this humble seed collector the true rhyme and reason of the land. Scrub jays darted between branches. Their beaks filled with green oak offspring, ready to plant thousands of acorns this season. The crew and I watched them plant in our restoration fields. Later that day, deer were feasting on the gleanings of scrub jay frenzy, then us, participating in the fall harvest of ancient rings. Trent & Olga Jones Tricia & Todd Mills Troy & Jeri Becker Walter & Julia Hamann Wendy & Stan Hubbell Wendy Bonvechio

Beatrice Battier - Dr. Battier Vet Clinic

Joan Hurak Welborn

McDaniel Insurance Services

John & Peggy Russell

Michael & Arlene Ross

Bill Norris & Judith Hale Norris

Dr. Tom McCoy & Dr. Tiffany Morse

John Davis & Lorraine Brown

Michael & Julie McFadden

Brad Tully

Duane Dammeyer & Marty Bonvechio

Judy Meleliat & Reilly Jensen Julia Berkeley

Michael J. Jauregui & Susan Olson

Bill Brothers & Susie Ault

Brian & Marie Haase California Solar Electric Char Man Brand Hot Sauce Charlie Baysinger

ALCO Plumbing

Cherie Beers

Alex Gibney

Cheryl & Monte Widders

Alice & Richard Matzkin

Chris Miller

Allison Binkowski & John Alden Broome

Couch Guitarstraps

Cliff Hershman

Allison Reed

Darlene Patrick & Jim Selman

Ann & Peter Costigan

David & Elizabeth Silva

Ara Guzelimian Arthur & Judy Vander Aura Carmi Barnhart & Barnhart Insurance

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By Sophie McLean, Restoration Field Crew & Nursery Assistant

Dr. David & Cindy Garber

Chelsea Sutula

Anne & Garrett Clifford

The wind that carries jay wings, seed plume, and our breath knows no boundaries. We are stewards of this valley, plant and animal folk alike.

Douglas & Angela Parker

Cassie Jones & Lewis Enstedt

Champions $500+

The acorns from Coast Live Oak, Quercus agrifolia, are to be planted in sites (by us, not birds) across the Ojai Valley, along with other collections of 71 species and counting of local native plants. The community of OVLC is fostering the collecting, processing, growing, and planting of these seeds. Lessons are learned by trial, error, and the meticulous eyes of a student. We hope that this gift of seeds is an investment for the future. If fire hits again, we may plant seeds saved. Those fields of acorns, turned into oak woodlands, are for the love of our children’s children.

Debra Reed Dennis & Holly Mitchem Deric & Barbara Washburn Diana Syvertson Don & Cheree Edwards ~ RE/ MAX Gold Coast Realtors

Eli & Deena Portell

Karen & Bill Evenden

Firestick Pottery

Katherine Holden & Tom Atherton

Frank Hanson Fred & Dana Fleet Frederick & Margaret Menninger Gay & Kathlyn Hendricks George & Debbie Watson George & Peggy Melton Glenda & Darrell Jones Gregory Rutchik & Erin Stern Helayne White*

Kristi Schoeld & Neil Jorgensen Lanyard, Mary & Hannah Dial Laura & Guy Ring

Nathaniel Cox Ojai Deer Lodge Ojai Pub Ojai Trash Club Pamela Phillips Peter & Barbara Bonsignori Peter & Cindy Cantle

Lauren Johnson

Phil Moncharsh & Diane Zusman

Leslie Tobin Bacon LinkedIn Lisa Wallmark & Jonas Svensson Loren Bouchard

Randy Banchik & Jannell Greene-Banchik Ross & Patty Atkinson Sarah & Greg DelVecchio

Heritage Financial

Marcy & Steve Toscher

James & Wendy Osher

Marsha & Paul Fonteyn

Scott Silver & Jill Greene-Silver

Jason Headley

Martha Groszewski

Susan King

Jhaura & Mihaela Wachsman

Marti & Dan Reid

Swanner Physical Therapy

Jill Forman & David Young

Mary Natwick & Larry Scott

Tasha Sween

Jim & Kris Finch

Mary Thompson & Don Higgins

Thayer Gowdy

Jim and Rob’s Fresh Grill

Matthew Velkes

The Vondriska Family

Scott & Hannah Erickson

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy

Thomas & James Pepper-Macias

John & Kathy Broesamle

Thomas & Nancy Michali

Karen Hellmuth & Bob Vandersluis

Tony & Roslyn (Roz) Demaria

Katherine Burdick

Virginia & Ted McConnell

Kay & Jack Chatowski

William Burnside

Kerry Miller Designer/ Builder, Inc.

William Weirick

Kim Elliman, Overhills Foundation

Friends of the Ojai Valley $1,000+ Alan & Carol Saltzman Alissa & Rob Russell Amazon Smile Amy Schneider Ann & Harry Oppenheimer Annica & James Howard Aqua-Flo Supply Baleen Balian-Chinn Family Charitable BANDITS Bandanas Barbara Barry Bill & Sherry Loehr Blake & Susanne Wilson Broken Spoke Challenge/ Fast Green Racing Bruce & Virginia Hibberd Caitlin & James Freeman Carol Bishop Catherine Sellman

Larry Rose & Lisa Larramendy Laughing Dog Ranch LLC

Cynthia & Byron Grant Dave & Sally Hackel David Nakada Diederik van Hoogstraten & Kelly Merryman Donna & Ted Miller Doug Campbell Eleanorius Fund - VCCF Evander Schley Francis (Hank) Pepper Fred Kramer Gerben & Jill Hoeksma

Guardians of the Ojai Valley $5,000+

Linda Desch

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

Lisa Smith Loebl Family Fund

WELCOME NEW DONORS! Angela Daugherty

Kimberly Peterson

Betsy Stix

Kim Master & Noah Lieb

Bob Levin & Lisa Solinas Carly Blumberg

Lisa Martel

Caroline Cheney

Andrew & Judith Gustafson

Charis Franz

Margaret Yen

Cotyledon Fund

Chris Forster

Marie van Leeuwen

Michal Mitchell

Molina Family Foundation

Christopher O’Donnell

Mike & Erika Swimmer

Frederick Sloman

Mike Sullivan & Melissa Bishop

Ojai Women’s Fund

Courtney Nichols Gould & Gordon Gould

Matthew Dunphy & Veronica Csiza

Lucy & Jonathan Tolmach Margot Griswold & Michael Daley Mary Bergen

Nathan Wallace Niels & Robin Nyborg

Sue Gilbreth Allen & Marilyn Camp

Ojai Valley Trail Riding Company

The Stanley and Joyce Black Family Foundation

Oliver Wilson & Kaarina Tienhaara

Jill & Bill Shanbrom

Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program Phil & Suzanne White Phillip Bradley Raindrop Pool & Spa Robert Tallyn & Betsy Bachman Rotary Club of Ojai Ruth Hemming Ruth Lasell & Bob Bonewitz Sam Schwartz Sandy Buechley Sasha & Hanson Gifford SC&A Insurance Services LLC Scott Bevans & Valerie Dykeman Scott Wilson Siobhan McDevitt Soul Body Ojai Healing Arts & Yoga Center Susan Bee

Curtis & Christina Tolmie Dakade Charitable Fund David Odorisio

Marcia Millard

Merrilee Weber Michele Edelman & Amy Jupiter Minako Watabe & Richard Sklanowsky Minimalist Magnolia Co.

Deb Lemon

High on Kennels - Fred Presson

Deepa Pulipati

Names Family Foundation

Diane Kildun

Ojai Pub

Edward Pagac & Brent Fisher

Ojai Trash Club

Elizabeth Augusta

Randi Poer

Erin Cox

Richard Yamamoto

Chevron Humankind Matching Program Tucker & Phil Adams Karen Courington & Dan Lukasiewicz Ronald & Linda Phillips Courtney Nichols Gould & Gordon Gould Henry Land Surveying Sespe Creek Collective Roger & Pat Essick Anna Getty

Gael Belden Gary & Sandi Cabriales Gene Wise & Fiona Hutton

Peter & Sally Formosa

Rita Batch Rose Schlossberg Samuel Cornwell Scott Essex

Anne Crawford DeZonia

Gerardo Carrillo

Christopher Noxon Charitable Fund

Sonny Ward & Michael Lombardo

Goran Matijasevic

Stephanie Hogue

Jarod Schneider & Jenny Lang

Steve McMahon

Jesse Beason

The Hirsch Family

Mary M. Downer

Jessica Arciniega

Thien Vinh Nguyen

Mike & Nancy Krumpschmidt

John Karlak

Toby & Melissa White

Jakob & Marianne Vos Jim & Becky Campbell John S Kiewit Memorial Foundation

Greyfox Investors LLC

Susan Taylor & John Houghton

Herring Law Group

The Gables


Jon Kindberg

Huora L. Williams

The Glass Man Professional Window Washing Company, Inc.

Raquel & John Cerveny

Joseph Portell

REI So Hum Foundation

Katherine Wilkinson

Janet Jacobs

The John J. Moller Family Foundation

Jerry Maryniuk & Diane Bertoy

The Walt Disney Company Foundation

IBM Matching Grants Program

Laura Sandoval & Chris Park

Resources Legacy Fund

Rick Ridgeway

Connie Eaton & William Hart

Wyatt & Claudia Harris

Caroline Hawkins*

Chris & Karen Birbeck

Claudia Wunderlich

West Coast Air Conditioning

Linda & Tim Turner

Rachael & Griff Barkley


Tonya Peralta Real Estate Services, Inc

Laura Lochrane

Channel Islands Sportfishing Chris Hacker & Will Thomas

Tobias Parker - General Contractor

Tay Lesley

Kayla Mccarthy

Susan Schaffer

Tod & Liz Cossairt William & Elise Kearney From: 6/9/21-10/11/21


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Double Your Impact

TAKE ADVANTAGE of your employer’s matching gift program. A matching gift means your contribution will go twice as far. Many companies will double (or sometimes triple) the value of their employees’ gifts to the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy. These matching gifts provide valuable funds as we work to protect the views, trails, water, and wildlife of the Ojai Valley. Some companies will even match your gifts after you retire. To see if your company will match a gift to the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, contact your company’s human resources department.