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Fall 2008 Valley Trust Newsletter, Three Valley Conservation Trust

Fall 2008 Valley Trust Newsletter, Three Valley Conservation Trust

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Valley Trst
NEWS
Nm 36 / Am 2008
Conserving the natral environment and cltral heritage of Sothwest Ohio
The Wallace I. Edwards Conservationist Award has beenestablished by The Three Valley Conservation Trust torecognize not only work done by a person or persons inthe preceding year but also the cumulative results of along-term commitment to conservation values. When
 
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CALL FORNOMINATIONS!
TVCT Founder Wally Edwards
WALLACE I. EDWARDS
CONSERVATIONIST AWARD
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The Winds of September 14... 
Like many of our friends and neighbors, the Beck Farm,
home of the Trust ofce, sustained considerable tree damage
during the unusual hurricane aftermath on September 14. Sixlarge trees were taken down by the winds along with downed branches throughout the property. As shown below, thewinds twisted a very old and beautiful oak tree awayfrom the building, leaving the historic building free of damage.
 Below: This oak has sheltered us from the sun for a long time. You can see by the photo below how large this treewas. We miss the graceful giant outside of our window.
 
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Adolph GreenbergCatherine HollinsFrank HouseBen JonesMary Moore
 Founded in 1994, the Three Valley Conservation Trust works with people and communities to conserve the natural environment and cultural heritage in Southwest Ohio. The Trust protects open spaceand farmland by acquiring, through gift or purchase, conservationand agricultural easements, and works to protect and improvewater quality in the western tributaries of the Great Miami River.
Ray ArlinghausMargarette BeckwithFrank “Hank” DuppsSam FittonStephen Gordon
FARM TALES WITH MONITORINGLate August seems to come with an overcast day and acool breeze acting as a chilling reminder to be preparedfor the season change. It becomes eerily quiet as manymigratory birds are beginning to leave. Our barn swallowsthat started out as five to ten breeding pairs, by nownumber over fifty, but are gone with the Labor Day week end. I have to get the last cutting of hay in and our fallcalving begins.The first overwintering ducks arrive and slowly buildto about two hundred by the end of November. Eachmorning and evening they begin a chorus asking to be fedas soon as they see me. They all leave with the thawing of the ice in March. Our swans keep the ice open during thewinter.As the fall progresses and the weather has forced all theleaves from the trees and underbrush, it is mucheasier to see conditions and changes in the landscape. Itis now that I can take time for other endeavors and one of the things I enjoy is visiting a protected property to helpwith the monitoring.They are all different and each one has a special point of interest, but a most unusual place exists just south of WestAlexandria and is owned by Fred Glander. Twin Creek winds its way through the property with deep pools of  blue water and smallmouth bass nearly two feet in lengthswimming near the surface. An old defunct rail trestlecrosses the creek and the rail bed acts as a path to visitother parts of the farm. The trestle has had the rails andsides removed leaving the wooden ties. Fred uses his ATVto take a slightly jarring and unnerving ride over these tieswhile looking down some 50 feet or more to the creek. Heusually stops half way across so you can get out and takein the view.It’s like being in an old movie set but out on location. Thefields are bordered with stones and boulders left from theglacier and removed from the fields by generations farmingthe land. One such boulder is approximately ten feet tall.In another area of the farm there is a deep ravine with oneside covered with one- to three-foot diameter stones sodeep that nothing can grow through them. Each field issurrounded with approximately 100 feet of habitat cover that Fred keeps for wildlife.But the best part is simply talking to Fred and listening tohis stories and seeing his enthusiasm as you go about themonitoring. What a rewarding day it is to be with him andsee this hidden jewel that he has so thoughtfully preserved.The protected properties are close to numbering onehundred and are monitored once a year by volunteers.You can also be a part of this by contacting our volunteer coordinator, Lois Nelson, at the Trust office. Perhaps youwill be with me on one of these trips, but I must warn you,my available time is on inclement weather days only after all the leaves have fallen. I am looking forward to seeingyou.
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“Valley Trust News,” the newsletter for members of the ThreeValley Conservation Trust, is published four times per year.
Editors: Mary Glasmeier, Stephen Gordon
 
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Wallace I. Edwards Conservationist Nominations ..........1Annual Meeting 2009 ....................................................1The Winds of September 14 ............................................1Let Me Be Frank .............................................................2From the Desk of Larry ...................................................3Local Land Conservationists Applaud Passage of CO ..3Climate Change in Ohio .................................................4Gift Memberships: The Enduring Gift of Land .............5Forest & Farms Featured ...............................................6TVCT Hosts Oxford Chamber Business After Hours ....6Developing News ...........................................................7A Salute to Wine, A Salute to Middletown .....................7The Trust Goes 100% Post-Consumer Paper Waste .....8Auction for Acres Added New Format .........................9Winter Challenges for an Avian Acrobat! ......................10Ann’s Homemake Suet/Crumbles ..................................10How to Join the Trust ......................................................11Membership Donations and You .....................................12Calendar ..........................................................................12
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Jerry StanleyJ. Ronald StewartDon StreitLiz Woedl
 
BOARD OF TRuSTEES
 
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As we wind down another year at the Three ValleyConservation Trust, I am constantly reminded of Thanksgiving.As with each of the last seven years, it istime for us to give thanks for the outstanding support youhave given the Three Valley Conservation Trust and tome through your hard work, commitment, dedication, and
nancial donations.
The Trust was quite fortunate to have had a fewmajor gifts, which, combined with your membership,our Benefactors, small grants, and our outstandingvolunteer organizing for the various Trust fundraisersand “friendraisers,” helped the Trust meet its 2008 basicexpenses. Don Streit, Dick Sollmann and Pat Dupps weretremendous event chairs who devoted their year to theTrust. We are very excited about new friends and partnerswith great energy and ideas, and look for new volunteer efforts to help us grow.I am proud of our staff, Development Director Lawrence
Leahy and Ofce Manager Mary Glasmeier; our Volunteer Monitoring Coordinator Lois Nelson; and
our interns, most recently Carl Davis and now Jennifer Prather, for their very professional achievements. I amgrateful for the superb leadership of the most amazingBoard of Trustees I’ve ever had the pleasure of associatingwith. The guidance of Chairman Frank House andthe Executive Committee have provided more than
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have also provided the heavy liftingand integrity to help move thisorganization from good to excellent.Our long-standing Board heroes and leadership teammembers Liz Woedl (long-time Board Chair), CatherineHollins, and Jerry Stanley are stepping down for a well-deserved break. New committee chairs Ray Arlinghaus andSteve Gordon have stepped forward, and stronger policiesand procedures have been adopted to keep us strong and
 protect our vitality. Our stellar Lois Nelson and our terric
Monitoring team have somehow kept us current on our responsibilities on 72 easements.Our unsung partners in federal, state, county, townshipand municipal government, OSU Extension, Soil & Water 
Conservation ofces, and park districts (notably Five
Rivers Metroparks and Butler Metroparks, along withPreble County Park District) have contributed expertise,letters of cooperation and support, important thinkingand collaboration, and in the case of Five Rivers, fundingsupport for land conservation. We thank the US NaturalResources Conservation Service, the Ohio Department of Agriculture, and the Ohio Public Works Commission for the land conservation pass-through grants that will enableus to near the 10,000-acre mark next month.
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Three Valley Conservation Trust joins with other landconservation groups throughout Ohio in recognizing the
 benets that will come from Ohio’s voters overwhelmingly
approving permanent extension of the Clean Ohio Fund by a margin of 69% to 31%. Clean Ohio renewal ensurescontinued protection of our environment and revitalizationefforts for Ohio’s economy.Clean Ohio renewal does not raise taxes while making$100 million per year available for these essential programs. The Clean Ohio Fund makes $50 million
available for continued rehabilitation of urban browneld
sites, $37.5 million for greenspace conservation and$6.25 million each for recreational trails and farmland preservation.
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Clean Ohio was rst approved by Ohio voters in 2000. Since
2002, it has funded projects in all of Ohio’s 88 counties, preserved 26,000 acres of farmland, 26,000 acres of naturalareas and 216 miles of recreational
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