Ojai Valley Land Conservancy

What is the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC)?
The Conservancy is a volunteer, community-based group of private citizens working for the common goal of preserving open space in the Ojai Valley for your benefit and the benefit of future generations.

Why is there a need for conservation in the Ojai Valley?
The Ojai Valley is blessed with ideal living conditions and its stunning beauty inspires comparison to the mythical land of Shangri-La. Because Ojai is a small valley surrounded by mountains with limited open space, water and air resources, it is critical to preserve remaining open space to keep the things that make our community special. While there exist excellent regulations governing development and a great deal of work has gone into protecting the valley environment over the years, these regulations are vulnerable to the changing political landscape and growing development pressures. OVLC permanently protects our remaining open spaces from further development.

How does the OVLC operate?
As a nonprofit, tax exempt corporation, we acquire, hold and manage land in the public interest. We also preserve open space through voluntary conservation agreements with landowners which permanently protects the land from development, while the title remains with the landowner. The Conservancy also works in partnership with local governments, provides education, and pursues land restoration and enhancement projects.

Where does the OVLC get its funding?
We receive the vast majority of our funding from local individuals and businesses who care about retaining Ojai Valley’s unique characteristics. Grants from various sources sometimes help with land acquisition and ecological restoration projects. We have a small staff and a large number of dedicated and talented volunteers who help to make our conservancy a success.

Does the OVLC conduct educational programs?
We provide a variety of educational programs to help local residents to better understand the importance of open space, and the natural and agricultural heritage of the valley. Volunteers and staff regularly lead hikes, open to the public, on our preserves and throughout the Ojai Valley. School groups are frequent visitors to our preserves, and several schools make use of our properties as outdoor classrooms.

Does the OVLC restore habitat?
OVLC is engaged in extensive habitat/native plant community restoration on several of or properties. These projects range from wetlands restoration on the Ojai Meadows Preserve (which will have the added benefit of alleviating flooding on Maricopa Highway) to streambank restoration at the Confluence of San Antonio Creek and Ventura River, to native plant restoration on Ventura River Preserve.

Contact Ojai Valley Land Conservancy

Greg Gamble
Executive Director
370 W. Baldwin Road
PO Box 1092
Ojai, California  93024-1092
Phone: 805.649.6852


Service Area

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