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Valley Trust

Number 41 / Spring 2010


NEWS
Conserving the natural environment and cultural heritage of Southwest Ohio

Snapshots! People & their land

Another Germantown
Farm Under Easement!
Submitted by Ann Geddes
Jim and Alice Lupinske recently signed an agricultural/conservation
easement jointly with the Three Valley Conservation Trust, Five Rivers
Metroparks, and the US Natural Resources Conservation Service
(NRCS) (with funding assistance from the latter two agencies) to
protect their 126-acre farm next to Twin Creek and nearly adjacent to
the Germantown Metropark. After working the farm for 20 years as a
cattle operation, Jim says he’s retiring the ‘old girl’ for conservation.
Jim had bought the farm in 1957 at age 31, after he got the itch to move
to the country and raise cattle.
Many years earlier, Jim had traveled out west to Wyoming and Alice & Jim Lupinske
worked on a cattle ranch and the interest in cattle stayed with him
through interim occupations of art school, advertising and running a Snapshots! People & Their Land
family business in retail lumber. Alice however, was raised on their
family farm in Harrison Township in PMreble County. She recounted provides stories of the people and the
memories of her farm childhood with her dad, who one day took his lands they protect. We hope that you
Model A Ford into town and was surprised to find one of his chickens
hitching a ride on the back bumper… and after town chores were done,
will enjoy getting to know a little about
rode back home again the same way. This chicken your neighbors.
(continued on page 11)

SAVE THE DATE! Annual Meeting Attendees Warmed


June 20, 2010 Up to a Cool Topic
TVCT Fundraising Dinner Guests were fascinated by the global warming data
See Page 5 presented by an international expert at the Annual
Meeting at Miami University’s Marcum Confer-
ence Center on February 13. Lonnie Thompson
(at right), the Ohio State University glaciologist
who is celebrated as one of our era’s pre-eminent
climatologists, shared clear evidence of the earth’s
warming to 130+ attendees.
Thompson commented that the work of the Three Valley Conservation
Trust in conserving land and streams was one local step toward a solu-
tion. Thompson, also director of the Byrd Polar Re- (continued on page 5)
meeting was the first I have had the pleasure of convening.
There were a few missteps (my bad), but on the whole, I
thought we did well. But, that’s my view not yours and so I
have decided that as a follow up to all our “special events”
we would do a review by asking for your feedback, criti-
cisms, and/or recommendations for future events. I have

LIVing asked our Board to do the same and we will review your
comments and use them in the planning of future events.

Green (berg)
Finally, we need to enlarge our volunteer base. While we
have been blessed with extraordinary volunteers over the
years, the work shouldered by these wonderful folks is often
very demanding. We need to spread the workload and so
Adolph Greenberg, Chair, Board of Trustees please let us know if you can share your interests, skills
and time with us. There are always opportunities to assist
"How Are We Doing, and Will You Help Us?" in monitoring easements, helping in the office, cleaning up
While it has been a tough economic year for all of us, we files, making calls, planning and implementing events and
have for the time being weathered the storm, and I be- contacting members and so on. The great thing about this
lieve we have emerged as a stronger, more responsive and work is that it takes place in a beautiful setting with some
energized organization. If you had an opportunity to look great views of a prairie and wild turkeys. z
over our annual report, you would have noticed our goals Send me an e-mail greenbam@muohio.edu
and objectives for the upcoming year are both exciting and drop me a line 13 Tamara Court, Oxford, OH 45056
challenging. To achieve these ends and ensure a sustain- or give me a call 513-523-6576
able Trust, we need to continually assess our work at every Let us know how we did, how we are doing,
level. We need to hear from you regarding the Trust’s work or how you can help.
in general. If you have complaints, kudos, and recommen-
dations, please share these with me via the communication
options listed below. If you wish and indicate thusly, I will
keep identities confidential. My intent here is to ensure that Volunteer
the staff and Board of Trustees are mindful of, and respon-
sive to our members and the community at large.
for a Day or
on a Regular Basis
Regarding feedback and our base, the Trust’s annual meet-
ings are an opportunity for us to revisit the Trust’s accom-
plishments, assess its current status, and discuss goals for ►Volunteer Coordinator/Recruiter
the future. These are also times to visit with folks who have ►Special Events
come together, often from diverse walks of life, in common Plan, organize, solicit, cook, setup/cleanup, greet,
cause—the protection of natural and cultural resources and register, distribute, etc. (May require local travel)
the reaffirmation of our connection to the earth. This year’s
►Administrative
Table of Contents Phones, mailings, copying, scanning, data entry, filing,
grant research/writing. (May require knowledge of
Snapshot: Another Germantown Farm Under Protection.......... 1
Microsoft Office, office equipment, and browsers)
Annual Meeting Attendees Warmed Up to a Cool Topic........... 1
Living Green(berg).................................................................... 2 ►Field Surveys & Property Monitoring
Volunteer for a Day or on a Regular Basis................................ 2 Environmental and geologic surveys, photography, GPS
From the Desk of Larry Frimerman . ........................................ 3 reading, data entry (May require knowledge of Microsoft
Tax Advantages & Financial Planning....................................... 4 Office, compass, and local travel)
Call for 2010 Conservation Farm Families Nominations.......... 4
Support TVCT! Dine with Your Friends & Family .................. 5 ►Journalism & Public Outreach
Member/Contributors Support the Mission of the Trust............ 5 Interview, write articles, membership recruitment/
Thank You to Our 2009 Contributors........................................ 6 awareness, literature assembly, represent TVCT at public
Corporate Members................................................................... 7 events (May require local travel)
So You Found a Baby Bird.... Now What?................................ 8 ►Labor
Jan. Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup, Largest Volunteer Response.. 9 Housekeeping, weeding, Adopt-a-Highway cleanup,
Spring Vegetables: Nettles?....................................................... 10
construction, invasive species removal, etc. (May require
How to Join the Trust................................................................. 11
local travel)
Board of Trustees/Calendar.......................................................... 12
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From the Desk of...

Larry Frimerman
Executive Director

It’s funny. This winter has agreement in 2010, and could protect as many as 1500-
seemed like an eternity, with 2000 acres of working and/or stream side farms as well as
snow here and across much forests and other native habitat. While these are tremendous
of the eastern US. However, the year itself seems to be accomplishments, they come with annual, perpetual
flying by us as I write to you. For those 130+ of you who monitoring and relationship-building responsibilities.
attended the February Annual Meeting, it was a stirring Monitoring Coordinator and volunteer extraordinaire
launch to the New Year. Thank you for your Save an Acre Lois Nelson already has her hands full juggling more
gifts to raise funds for the Trust’s land protection efforts. than a dozen lead monitors paired with less experienced
This year, we have received a much-needed grant from assistants, to complete three to four monitorings per week,
the Greater Cincinnati Foundation to pursue status as a weather permitting. Yes, we need to develop additional
fully “Accredited” land trust. (You may have thought lead monitors. An MU Environmental Standards and
we had already been accredited because the Trust has Practices class is taking on the responsibility for developing
been adhering to the Land Trust Alliance’s most rigorous a certification module. Along these lines, prior interns
Standards and Practices.) had worked with volunteers to develop our monitoring
In anticipation of the IRS’s future requirements procedures manual. This spring, a student marketing study,
emanating from the Charities Act of 2006, the Land help on developing proposals, file documentation, and GIS
Trust Alliance developed an Accreditation Commission mapping will be on student interns’ plates.
and new set of standards of the highest order to In addition, tremendous volunteer efforts by your Board
recognize land trust excellence in policies, practices and and members with the help of staff will allow us to
administration in all aspects of its performance. To wit, complete 20+ Ohio farmland preservation applications
only one land trust (the Tecumseh Land Trust) out of to complement the completion of some 15 government-
Ohio’s 44 Land Trust Alliance member land trusts has approved 2008-9 land protection projects. The fundraising
been accredited. Three Valley Conservation Trust hopes and outreach events, such as planning for the June 20
to achieve this status within a year. This effort will take Special Dinner, the fall picnic, and the Auction for Acres,
focus and dedication, and hopefully will make it easier also depend on volunteers.
to stay on top of the many activities in which we are
Our land protection efforts are effective ways to partner
involved.
with local communities to implement watershed
Did you know that the Trust is primarily driven by enhancements such as the community consensus-driven
thousands of volunteer hours by people like yourselves? Twin Creek Watershed Action Plan, which identifies issues
This provides an excellent opportunity and opportunities for enhancing
to get involved – from help in the office one of the State’s treasures. The
cataloging, copying or scanning; to Trust shepherded this plan through
Geographical Information Systems state conditional approval, with the
cleanup; to going out to monitor necessary follow- up steps being
properties to assure easement terms coordinated by MU’s Watershed
and conditions. Want some simple and Coordinator, Monica Rakovan.
discrete tasks? How about recruiting
Innovations in planning, managing
three new TVCT members this year!
and working with local communities
Would you like to help in soliciting or
will help to make the Trust a stronger,
providing auction items for the Trust’s
more permanent organization with
November 6 Auction for Acres? And
your help. Any amount of time and
we can always use help in writing our
financial support you can offer will
publications.
make a real difference! Of course,
With your assistance, the Trust may sign its 100th please consider a major gift, endowment, or a bequest to the
conservation/agricultural easement protected property Trust! As always, thank you ever so much! z

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Annual Meeting (continued from page 1) protect properties covering 10,800 acres of ground in the
search Center, shared research generated from more than Trust’s watersheds. Larry Frimerman summarized the
50 expeditions to ice caps and glaciers on five continents, group’s major 2009 accomplishments, including 13 prop-
retrieving ice cores that contain a diary of past climate erties permanently protected by conservation easement,
conditions around the globe, some dating back farther than covering 1479 acres of habitat and farmland. The nonprofit
750,000 years. Thompson provided evidence that the last land trust brought in $260,000 for operations, and drasti-
fifty years was the warmest cally reduced its expenses to $235,000 in response to the
period in recorded history. economic downturn.
That work signals a rapidly Board Chair Dolph Greenberg shared the
growing warming trend group’s plan for the coming year. “The Trust
that apparently exceeds any will continue to meet its continuing land
normal variation seen in past conservation obligations, including moni-
centuries. toring all of its easements, and in applying
James E. Reid, former long- as Designated Local Sponsor for a limited
time Board member and number of farms and stream side properties,”
Board Chair, was presented Meagan Engle, Editor of the Oxford Press, Larry he remarked.
the 3rd annual Wallace I. Frimerman, TVCT Executive Director, and Jim Reid, A delicious Marcum Center catered meal fol-
3rd Annual Wallace I. Edwards Conservationist
Edwards Conservation- lowed excellent musical entertainment do-
Awardee.
ist award. John Blocher, nated by Anachrorhythms. z
former WIE Conservationist awardee presented the award
and spoke of Reid's accomplishments.
Public officials were recognized, including a representa- Tax Advantages and
tive from Governor Strickland’s office. Retiring Board
members Ray Arlinghaus, Margarette Beckwith, Hank Financial Planning
Dupps, Mary Moore, and Greg Peck were honored. Newly Many of us purchased life insurance or annuities over the
elected to the Board of Trustees were Stephen Eshbaugh, years and some find those products
environmental educator of Oxford, Graham Mitchell, a are no longer a necessity in their
retired scientist of West Chester, and Marlene Hoffman, financial planning. You can help Three
RN, of Oxford. Valley Conservation Trust continue its
Easement donor Thomas Wissing shared a short, inspiring mission of preserving land and open
moment about why he and his wife Holly protected their space for future generations by using
11-acre Reily Township woodland and wildflower haven those financial instruments.
that Holly so lovingly cultivated. The Wissings are among Have you considered naming the
the 87 easement donors who have stepped up to forever Trust as beneficiary or a partial beneficiary of a policy,
with the money flowing in to the long-term endowment
at your demise, to help sustain the Trust for all time? If
Call for Nominations for 2010 you no longer need the policy, you can gift it to the Trust.
Conservation Farm Families Awards Depending on the status of the policy, the Trust could, with
your concurrence, either surrender the contract placing
Nominations are being accepted for the 2010 the proceeds in our long-term endowment or continue to
Conservation Farm Family Awards in time for the May hold the policy. Should the policy be from a mutual fund
1st deadline. The awards program is coordinated by the company it would be possible to have the annual dividend
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division paid to the Trust.
of Soil and Water Resources and cosponsored by Ohio
For those of you with trust arrangements which will be
Farmer Magazine and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.
the recipient of your insurance and other assets, you can
Begun in 1984, the Conservation Farmilies Awards make TVCT a beneficiary of some portion of your trust
Program recognizes Ohio farm families who are doing an arrangement with those monies flowing to the long-term
outstanding job of managing natural and human resources endowment.
in such a way as to meet both production and conservation
There are tax advantages to most of these arrangements.
goals.
We would be pleased to assist you in this form of financial
Individual farmers, partnerships or family farm planning but also encourage you to seek the advice of your
corporations are (continued on page 9) financial advisor. z

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Support TVCT! Dine with Your Friends & Family
Sugar Valley Farm
Sunday, June 20

featuring
Chef Anne Kearney
of "Rue Dumaine" Preparing Local Foods
Father’s Day or Fantastic Day, Sunday, June 20th is the date of the 2010 Elegant
Evening to be hosted at Sugar Valley Farm near Camden, Ohio. With the aim of
providing an experience to eclipse last year’s successful event, the planners are
designing a celebration not to be missed!
The enormously successful Chef Anne Kearney, chef and coproprietor of Rue Dumaine
in Dayton (featured in the Jan/Feb 2010 issue of Saveur magazine) will generously
donate her talents for this elegant affair. One of her specialties is quail, so the menu
will include entrees of lamb and/or quail, both of which are being raised and
pampered by TVCT board member and host for the event, Frank House.
Kearney incorporates the best of herbs, produce and seasonal specialties
from local growers, suppliers and purveyors. A vegetarian entree will also be
available. Again there will be great music, delicious food and a chance to meet
and greet your fellow Trust members.
Make a donation of $250 (per person) to the organization and enjoy the satisfaction of supporting our mission of
preserving the landscape of southwest Ohio and enjoy with your friends and family the artistry of Chef Kearney with
her unique presentation of local produce and Sugar Valley Farm lambs and quail. Watch for further detail on this Elegant
Evening and mark your calendar to attend! z

Member/Contributors Support the Mission of the Trust


Three Valley Conservation Trust is fortunate to have For instance, we are moving to a seasonal Member/
dedicated people who give valuable time, talent and Contributor renewal method that reflects individual giving
resources to support the Mission: Working with people patterns and preferences. Your newsletter label each issue
and communities to conserve the natural environment will show you the season you are most likely to contribute
and cultural heritage of southwest Ohio. TVCT Member/ and every newsletter will have a form to use for renewal.
Contributors have played a direct role in the protection of By responding prior to receiving a renewal letter you’ll
over 10,000 acres in southwestern avoid additional mail
Ohio through generous, sustaining reminders and save
participation and giving. paper!
We have been looking for ways You can use the
to keep our Member/Contributors newsletter Member/
engaged in the mission. We have Contributor form to
completely revamped our database update your contact
so that we can better track all the information so we don’t
ways people share in our work. Our new list will help loose touch when you move, change phone numbers or
TVCT more effectively communicate with, and engage our email address. You may also use the form as a gift renewal
supporters through “greener” practices that will conserve for someone who shares your conservation values.
resources and move more dollars directly to support our
A hearty thanks to all you do to support land conservation
conservation goals and activities.
in our region! z

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Steve Crowe Jane Gross Kim Medley Ken Schory
John Cumming Shannon Grubb Janet and David Meeker Fund Alice & Robert Schuette
Hays Cummins/Donna McCollum Robert & Patricia Gump Doug & Susan Meikle Judith Meyer Schultz
Peter Dahoda Dorothy Gustafson Mary Melvin Edward & Lynne
Steve & Prue Dana Vincent & Ann Hagerman Hand Bruce & Melisssa Metzger Schwaberow
Richard & Mary Daniels Nancy Haney Miami Conservancy District Emily & James Scott, Jr.
John & Anne Davis John & Susan Fortney Harlan Miami U Community Federal Credit Judith Shaw
Steven & Karen DeLue Natalie Harwood Union James Sheppard
Tim Derickson James & Alison Haskins Miami U. Hamilton Artist Series Larry & Leslye Sherman
DeVore's Land & Water Gardens Inc. Richard Haugland Jim & Sarah Michael Douglas & Sherin Shumavon
to Our 2009 Dewald Family Foundation Will & Sandy Woy Hazleton Roger Millar/Judith Zinsser Anthony & Karen Siegmann

Contributors Barbara Diehl


Dave Dister
Jolene Heath
Debbie Henderson
Alan Miller
Jerri & Bob Miller
Silver Spoon Catering
George & Mickey Simonds
Robert & Kathleen Abowitz J Howard DuBois Elizabeth Wakeman Henderson Brad & Lori Mills David & Stephany Sloneker
Al-Joe's Pet & Garden Center Roland & Mary Duerksen Charitable Foundation Michael Minium Smith Family Living Trust
Linda Amspaugh-Corson Connie & Chuck Duersch Charles Herms Graham & Sharon Mitchell Dick & Kathy Sollmann
Paul & Margie Anderson Duke Energy Midwest Char. Giving Pat Herring Richard Moermond Somerville National Bank
Marketa Anderson Dull Homestead Inc. Jim & Lisa Staggs Herrmann Jennifer Moix Jack & Sally Southard
Ann Antenen Hank & Robin Dupps Carl & Margie Hesselbrock Richard & Susan Momeyer Shelley Spillane
Arabian Nights Catering John & Pat Dupps Steven Hessler Mary & Bob Moore Patricia Spitler
Ray & Judy Arlinghaus Peg Dupps Robert & Martha Hickey B.D. Mortenson Jerry & Josette Stanley
Roger & Paula Atkin Dupps Charitable Foundation The Hillside Trust Mossy Oaks Nursery Charles & Lynn Stevens
Robert & Beth Baer The Dupps Company Lew Hoffmann Clyde Muehlenhard Ron Stevens & Cheryl Vajda
Elsa Jane Baer Tom & Wendy Duvall Village West Framing Richard Munson Ron & Sue Stewart
George & Sydney Baker George & Madeline Earley Catherine & Eric Hollins Mary Neale-Ferrario JoAnn Storck
Eugene & Linda Baker Earthshare Don Hollister Katherine Neel John Strack
Mike & Nani Ball Marilyn & Sharon Edwards Mary Louise Holt John Neiheisel Jane Strippel
John & Marilyn Barnhart Steve Edwards / Kim Thompson Doug & Joan Hoover Lois Nelson Tom, Sandy & Tonya Study
Steve & Judy Bartels Burdette & Ruth Ehrhardt Mark House Shaun & Susan Nicholson Ron & Kim Sunderhaus
Brian Bartels Jeannine Eich Laura House Anne Nielson Gene & JoEllen Tapalman
Bath State Bank J & Valerie Elliott Jason House Dave Nolin Charles & Joan Teckman
Patricia Baugher Alan & Sondra Engel Frank House Roxanne Ornelas Edgar & Janet Teets
Bill & Mary Bausano Craig & Kerstin Erickson Steve & Cathy Hudson David & Alice Osborne R.D. (Bob) Temple
Michael Beck George & Betsy Esber John & Charlotte White Hull Oxford Community Foundation Dick & Mary Tharp
John & Joan Becker Stephen Eshbaugh Richard & Shirley Jackson Michael & Teresa Pachan Jody Thieken
Margarette Beckwith Hardy & Barbara Eshbaugh Jackson Antiques & Music Paesano's Pasta House Robert & Mary Fahnestock
Andy & Rita Beiser Marna Evans Steve & Peggy Jamison Christine Parker Thomas
Gary & Wendy Lucia Bennett Rebecca Evans Carl & Anne Jantzen Marilyn Paulsen Robert Thurston/Margaret
David & Cecilia Berg Susan Ewing Hal & BJ Jasper Jim & Sue Paulus Ziolkowski
Ernst Bever Wayne Falke Eileen Jeck Paust Printers Marc Tincher/Danielle Mann
Marc & Lisa Biales Jan Farnsworth Blake Jennings/Kona Bistro Shirley Payne Trust William & Joyce Triick
Bill's Art Store Nicholas & Sherry Fendinger Marlene & Royal Jewett Jack R. Pealer Jr. Paul & Marcia Trokhan
Linda Howard Bittner Sydney Ferrario Gerritt Jobsis & Vicki Bunnell Gregory Peck Twin Valley Farms Inc.
Brian Black Glen & Karen Filbrun Jay Jesse Johnson David & Norma Pennock Joel & Sara Udstuen
Walter Beale Blair Paul Filipkowski Elizabeth J. Johnson Mark Perin Tom & Deborah Ulrich
Robert Blair Fine Trim Landscape Services Joann Jones/Beverly Brubaker Don & Carla Gardina Pestana Diana Vereker
Muriel Blaisdell Joel Fink Ben & Laurie Jones Chris & Sharon Peterson Micah Vieux
John Blocher Renee Fink John Jones Ron & Dawn Pfohl Darrell & Sherri Vincent
Blue Heron Gallery Bill Fisher/Kalinde Webb Frank Jordan Jr Phan Shin Jim Voet
Mark & Linda Boardman James Fitton Family Fund JTM Provisions John & Diana Pheanis Emerson Voge
Treva Boardman Richard J Fitton Family Fund Glenn & Betty Julian Pheasants Forever Butler Co. #780 Fred & Susie Voge
Glenn Boutilier Sam & Terri Fitton Robert & Carol Kabakoff Tom & Mary Jane Pierce Roger & Rebekah Voge
William & Nora Bowers Vaden Fitton Alice Kahn Marge Piper Scott Vosler
Charles & Marjorie Bowers Five Rivers Metroparks Susan Kalvelage Plain View Stock Farm Bill & Helen Wagner
Ellen Breidenbach Eugene Fliehman Robert & Carol Kane Duncan Platt Christopher & Mary Walden
Nancy Brewer Jane Flueckiger Don & Patricia Kaufman John & Gracia Pope David & Joan Walker
Randy Brooks Fontaine Farms Inc. Cynthia Kelley Neil & Mary Poppendeck George & Dorothy Wallace
Anne Brown Bill & Diane Foster Linda Musmeci & Jeff Kimball Joan Potter-Sommer David Waller
Clyde & Gayle Brown Adon & Kay Foster Thomas Klak & Jeanne Hey William & Ann Pratt Michael & Marcia Waller
Ken Brown Victoria Fox John Klosterman Mary Jean Priest William & Sharron Watt
Al & Mary Bruns Rhonda Freeze Anne Koehler Ward Pruden Rick & Vanessa Wayne
Kenneth Buerk Lily Frimerman John Kogge William & Martha Pulley Weber Family Char.Fund
Mary Bullen Larry Frimerman/Patty Stone Gene & Janet Krebs Carl Rader Ann Wengler
Tad & Mary Bunnell Frimerman The Kroger Company Monica & John Rakovan Ernie & Carolyn Wengler
Eric Burgess & Lara Askill Margaret Fuller David & Karen Kullman Jon Ralinovsky/Amy Lamborg Bill & Helen Wessel
DeVere Burt Michael Fulton Richard & Alice Laatsch Michael & Judith Raymond West Side Animal Clinic
Donald & Paula Byrkett Vicente & Maureen Gallardo La Bodega Georgeana Reardon CG & Barbara Whelpton
Phil & Wendy Cagwin Greg & Cindy Garnett Elizabeth Lane Reffitt's Garage & Towing The Whistlestop
Hazel Call Family Trust Andrew Garrison/Cecelia Shore Lanthrop Farms James & Barbara Reid Richard & Nancy White
Peter & Kathleen Carels Ann D. Geddes LCNB Suzanne Reif Wesley Paul Wiemann
Tina Carnevale Emily Geddes Rick & Narcua Lee John & Phyllis Reller Wild Berry Incense Inc.
David Christman Anne Geise Amy & Jim Leedy Bill Renwick & Debra Bowles William C. Wilks
Cincinnati Reds Leo Geiser Bernie & Karen Leland Gail Reynolds Gene Willeke
James & Mary Jo Clark Jerry & Cleo Gerber Stan Litz Ted & Becky Richards Jack & Linda Williams
Clemmons & Wolterman Law Firm Larry & Nancy Jo Gersbach Howell & Melanie Lloyd William Ridenour Kirk Williams
Bruce Cochrane Clive Getty Tim & Eileen Lorenz Larry & Pam Ristaneo David & Susan Wilson
Nelly Bly Cogan Sarah Glaab Orie & Elinor Loucks Jim & Sandra Robbins Jim & Carolyn Wilson
O’Neal Compton Marge & Gary Glaser David & Joan Fopma Loy James & Julie Robbins James & Barbara Wilson
Robert & Jennifer Conklin Mary Glasmeier Main St. Gourmet Betty Rogers Tom & Holly Wissing
Calvin Conrad Gil & Joyce Gordon Maple Glen Hunting Preserve Doug Ross Liz & Dan Woedl
Gregory Cook Stephen Gordon Helen Martin/Ann Crowell Silvia Rothschild Rick & Cathleen Woedl
Tim Cook Ray & Helen Gorman Susan Maxfield John Ruthven Jean Woodhull
John T Cooper Jr. Jonathan Granville Hayden & Cynthia May Ann Rypstra Jean V Woodhull Fund
Dave Cornett Graydon Head & Richey Don Mayer Dan & Frances Sack Victor & Tara Woods
Gary Cornthwaite Dolph & Sandy Greenberg Cat & Steve Mayhugh Peggy & Jim Schear Franklin Woolard Foundation
Jon & Amy Costanzo Jack & Lila Greer James McGregor Paul & Judy Schiller Chris & Stephanie Worrell
Bill & Gretchen Cottrell David & Louise Griffing Charles & Norma McKinley William & Sherry Schilling William & Susan Wortman
Rick & Libby Cottrell Michael & Kay Griffith Bill & Barbara McKinstry Ernst & Marcia Schlichter William & Constance Wyatt
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Corporate
Submitted by Emily Mills Holman
Members
In the Winter issue of Valley Trust News, we featured Another corporate sponsor that is making
some of our charitable corporate sponsors that have a difference by “going green” is the Dupps Company
chosen to support our mission. In this article, Three Valley of Germantown, OH. Their consumer base consists
Conservation Trust would like to recognize some of our of recyclers of animal protein, using inedible parts of
other corporate sponsors whose generous donations have animals to assist the agricultural loop of sustainability.
helped us to achieve great accomplishments over the years. They have been “green” since their beginnings. For more
information, visit their website at www.dupps.com.
One of our corporate sponsors, MillerCoors of
Milwaukee, chooses to not only support the Three Valley Hank Dupps, CEO of the Dupps Company, believes that
Conservation Trust, but also encourages our similar goal “if people took the time to see what the Trust has really
of environmental sustainability. Their website, www. accomplished, they would be impressed and should
greatbeergreatresponsibility.com discusses their mission consider membership or some kind of support.” Dupps
of water protection, packaging sustainability, energy recognizes the actions taken by this trust that directly
conservation, and waste reduction. Tami Scully Garrison, affect his life. For example, the land that abuts his property
Community Affairs Manager in Milwaukee, would like to is owned by Five Rivers MetroParks, a park district that
encourage readers to check out the website to learn how to works in conjunction with Three Valley Conservation
make an impact on conserving the environment Trust.
within their local area.
The Three Valley Conservation
MillerCoors membership in REACH Trust feels fortunate to have
(Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and corporate sponsors that recognize
Restriction of Chemicals) is the platform on and value the importance of land
which they do all their giving; these goals conservation and water quality,
on environmental sustainability are shared and who have chosen to contribute
throughout the company. This corporation to our cause. z
believes that by donating to the Three Valley
Conservation Trust they are not directly
benefiting their company, but making a donation
to our community, and to an organization that
shares the same values and beliefs.

Locally, from the Trenton MillerCoors brewery,


Denise Quinn, Plant Manager, and Jackie
Ponder, Sr. Administrative Assistant, provide
more direct support to the Trust. Just look for
Jackie’s smile and friendly demeanor at TVCT
events while she serves MillerCoors sodas, and Top: The Dupps family: Brothers Hank,
Dave and John.
locally brewed beers for our adult guests.
Middle: An aerial view of the Dupps
Company.

Bottom: Jackie Ponder serving guests


at the TVCT-hosted Oxford Chamber
of Commerce Business After Hours.

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So You Found A Baby Bird...

Now What?
Submitted by Ann D. Geddes

Many, if not most, of the readers of this newsletter interact baby if


with wildlife in various ways - bird watching, photography, you have
hunting, etc. In such pursuits, you are likely to be someone handled it. If the entire nest has fallen, make a substitute
who finds abandoned or injured birds or wildlife. Or you out of a readily draining holder, such as a strawberry
are the person the neighbors call at midnight when they basket or butter tub poked with holes and lined with a
find such animals! porous material such as Spanish moss or pine needles
or the original nest. Do not use a material that will stay
Here are a few tips. First, as any seasoned wildlife watcher
wet or babies will chill and die. Staple tub back to the
knows, most animals that appear abandoned, really are not.
original tree. If nestlings have been chilled, first dry and
It is far, far better to leave an animal with its mother than to
warm them (in hands, on a heating pad) for a bit before
intervene.
returning to nest. Do not try to feed an animal as a first
Deer tuck their nearly scentless fawns into deep cover and instinct - the first consideration is for warmth, quiet, and
go a safe distance away so as not to attract predators with to be free of your presence. Have you ever enjoyed a
their scent. If you flush a fawn and don't see the doe, leave meal when you were upset?
it, unless you know the mother is dead (e.g., the doe is
If you see a baby that has feathered out flopping around
struck by a car and the fawn was following).
on the ground, this is a fledgling in its normal behavior
Rabbits also leave their young in a grass nest for most of after making its first leap from the nest and before its
the day and come back at dawn and dusk to nurse them. wings are strong enough for directed flight. If it's begging
Just keep the nest intact, keep your dogs and cats inside, strongly and parents (any bird acting agitated nearby)
and all will be OK (you can cover the nest with a dome of are around, make sure it is safe from cars, pets and other
concrete-reinforcing wire or large mesh caging for extra people, and leave the area.
protection). If you're concerned the mother rabbit may have
Then wham! A bird hits a window (or car, etc.). This is
been killed, put several strings across the nest... if they
the procedure - place in a dark breathable container that
show no disturbance by the next day, the mother may not
cushions the body on the bottom (such as paper bag with
have come back and then you may consider intervention.
air holes punched and wads of paper towels or polartec
If any small bunny has its ears up (instead of slicked scraps), roll up the top to enclose, leave in a warm, quiet
back), it is independent, place for at least an hour. Giving dark rest allows the bird
and needs no help even to "sleep" which enhances recovery. If you hear stirring
though many erroneously within the bag in less time, quietly take the bag outside
think that at 4-5 inches and tip over away from you as you retreat inside to let the
long, it is far too small bird fly away as it wants. If it hasn't recovered in an hour
to be so. One oft-quoted or two, the chances of recovery are slim.
call to the local wildlife
Baby squirrels also often fall out of nests, particularly
rehabilitator's hotline was
(continued on page 10)
from a panicky young
person who said, "I found a bunny that needs help... it took
There is nothing in which the birds
30 minutes for me and my brother to catch it!" That bunny
needed no help!
differ more from man than the way
in which they can build and yet
Birds that have fallen out of nests can be safely put back
leave a landscape as it was before.
if you can reach the nest, as our songbirds have poor odor
detection and parents will NOT (repeat, will not) reject the ~Robert Lynd, "The Blue Lion and Other Essays"

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January Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup has
Largest Volunteer REsponse since 2004
On January 23, twelve Trust volunteers braved the ele-
ments to clean up the two-mile stretch of US Route 127 2010 Highway Cleanups
straddling the Butler/Preble County line. Three Valley
Conservation Trust assumed responsibility for a quarterly ► April 17
trash cleanup of the length of road as part of the Ohio ► July 17
Adopt-a-Highway Program. ► October 23
The Trust's supporters perform this activity as a public ested volunteers to participate in this quarterly cleanup. The
service to both counties and the community at large. This next highway cleanup is Saturday, April 17th from 10 am
location was chosen because it is one of the prettiest until noon. It is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the com-
stretches of road in the counties and we want to keep it pany of others who care about their environment as well as
that way. The effort saves labor costs for the Ohio Depart- to help clean up our beautiful region.
ment of Transportation and ultimately saves raw materials
for product manufacturing by recycling materials col- Volunteers meet at the corner of 127 and Somerville Road.
lected. Reflective vests, work gloves and trash bags are always
provided. Participants are expected to bring solid footwear
Cleanup organizer Tom Klak observed that this was the and water. For more information, call Tom Klak at 513-
largest number of volunteers for the Trust’s Adopt - A- 756-9707 or the Trust office 513-524-2150 with questions,
Highway program since assuming responsibility in 2004. or to carpool to the site. z
Participants were clearly glad to help the Trust. “It's a
great feeling to know we're doing our part to help beautify
one of our nation's highways. It's easy, and it's a fun way
to spend a little time doing something useful with friends Using your TVCT
and family,” noted volunteer Peter Carels. Kroger Gift Card
“It was so nice to spend time with others who take an provides a donation to
active role in being good stewards of our environment. TVCT and points for
Our group certainly spanned several generations and that your fuel purchases.
in itself is encouraging. We also were pleased that a good
portion of what was collected was material that could be
recycled. Thank you for all that your group does,” added
another volunteer, Jean Ann Obrebski. Family Farm Awards (continued from page 4)
The Three Valley Conservation Trust invites any inter- eligible for nomination, provided a substantial portion of
their income is derived from farming. Judging is based
on the nominee's use of new and traditional conservation
Cleanup crew techniques; comprehensive management; individual
members included initiative in applying conservation measures; and the
Peter Carels, nominee’s willingness to share conservation information,
Kathleen Carels, experiences and philosophy with others.
Dave Christman, Five area finalists will be chosen from around the state.
Barbara Eshbaugh,
These top conservation farm families will be recognized
Tom Klak and
sons Jackson and
at the annual Farm Science Review in September. They
Owen Hey, Kyle will also receive a $400 check courtesy of the Ohio Farm
Sir Louis, Kevin Bureau Federation and be featured in the September issue
Nitsch, Chelsea of Ohio Farmer Magazine.
Obrebski, Jean Ann If you would like to recommend a farm family go to www.
Obrebski, Chelsea
ohio.dnr.state.oh. Click on "News Releases" and scroll
Sharp, and Josette
down to "Conservation Farm Families Award Nominations
Stanley (not all
pictured). Sought." z
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Spring Vegetable:
Submitted by Margarette Beckwith
NETTLES?
Spring and early summer are a time to pick and consume Nettle soup continues to be a delicious and healthful
tender greens found in our wild landscape. Dandelions, dish. Why not locate some nettles and treat yourself to a
wild asparagus, garlic mustard, and cattails are some of delicious spring soup this evening?
nature's offerings, but another plant that is worth trying is
the stinging nettle (Urtica dioica). With the qualification
of ‘stinging’ it might be difficult to imagine eating nettles, NETTLE SOUP
but the plant loses its sting when cooked and is filled with Wearing rubber gloves, gather the nettles when they are
nutrition and good taste. Many native American tribes 6-8 inches tall from an uncontaminated site. Use only
cooked and consumed this vegetable. A tea was concocted the tender tips and leaves. Still wearing your gloves,
from the dried leaves to relieve the pain of arthritis and thoroughly rinse the leaves.
painful joints were swatted with bunches of the stinging
plant. One might conclude that the sting of the nettle merely 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
overpowered the joint pain but Porter Shimer, in his book 2 tbsp. butter
"Healing Secrets of the Native Americans," indicates that Sauté 6-8 minutes.
research has shown that ‘the sting produced by the nettle Add:
causes the body to manufacture chemicals that have anti- 6-7 C chicken or vegetable broth
inflammatory and pain-reducing powers.’ Dried and 2 medium russet potatoes chopped
pounded to a powder, the plant was also used 1 leek, white only; chopped and washed
to stop bleeding and promote Simmer until tender.
healing of wounds.
Add:
Europeans and early ¼ pound (3 cups packed) tender tips and leaves
colonial settlers of the nettles.
harvested and prepared nettles in Simmer 5-7 minutes.
a number of ways (beer, pudding,
Puree until smooth in the blender.
and soup, for example) for they
were a staple in the early garden. Add:
Samuel Pepys, British member 2 Tbsp. lemon juice.
of Parliament, referred to
Swirl in a little heavy cream or a spoon of
Nettle Pudding in his diary of
yoghurt and sprinkle each serving with a bit
1661: ‘We did eat some Nettle
of chopped parsley or chives.
porridge, which was very
good.’ (www.botanical.com). Enjoy this spring tonic!! z

Baby Birds (continued from page 8)


after storms. Place babies in a shallow box with a hot all wildlife, there are local rehabilitators who volunteer
water bottle close to where it was found and watch for 4-6 their time (and pocketbooks) to care for abandoned or
hours completely out of sight. In most cases the mother injured animals. "Second Chance Wildlife," which is
will retrieve the young and tuck them in a duplicate nest. an all-volunteer non-profit rehabilitation organization,
For successful reuniting, stay completely out of sight as has a well-established communications system. In the
deer, squirrel and rabbit mothers especially will not return Cincinnati and southern Butler County call the following
if people or pets are present. hot-line numbers: (513-875-3433 or 513-624-9763). In
the Dayton area, call 937-374-1674. In busy spring and
However, if an animal is injured, acting weak, or you
summer times, leave a message and someone will return
know the mother is dead, intervention can be considered.
your call shortly. They can give reassuring advice, or they
Native birds (not including starlings or house sparrows)
can direct you to the nearest volunteer capable of handling
are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Acts and
almost any animal emergency from black bear to python to
related legislation and a license is required to keep them,
hummingbird! z
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Germantown Farm (continued from page 1) active in the SW Ohio Woodland Association. His forestry
Montgomery County. She recounted memories of her farm plan will help ensure the best management of this resource.
childhood with her dad, who one day took his Model A NRCS District Conservationist Lee Green noted that it
Ford into town and was surprised to find one of his chickens was hard for the group of various organizations’ staff to
hitching a ride on the back bumper… and after town chores keep up with the octogenarian on a site visit – “That guy
were done, riding back home again the same way. This is amazing,” he commented. Five Rivers’ David Nolin
chicken wasn’t interested in "crossing the road" but goin’ to told TVCT that the Park was very pleased to be partnering
town! with the Trust to protect the forest habitat and buffer the
Jim says with a twinkle that maybe Alice had thought Germantown Metropark with more protected land. “Larry
marrying him would get her off a farm at last, but little did and the Trust are so effective in working with landowners
she know that we were to go right back to the farm life. – they provide a real service to Montgomery County and
They moved into an old (c.1880) Victorian farmhouse, landowners,” Nolin observed. With Five Rivers’ funding
faced with brick made locally in Germantown, and raised assistance, the Trust was able to provide the otherwise
three daughters. They also raised registered cattle, polled elusive local cash match required for NRCS funding from
Herefords, along with corn and hay for feed. He is grateful the Federal Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program. The
for the people around them who helped him learn the ropes farm now has a Whole Farm Conservation Plan to go along
of cattle production. He knew each of his cattle just like with Lupinske’s aforementioned forestry plan.
"the kittens in the kitchen," he says. Some of his herd were Times have changed for farmers, Lupinske says. "When
champions shown at the Montgomery, Darke and Preble I started I just had a two-row planter and now there are
county fairs. 48-row planters. There were no deer or pheasants on the
Now with his 84th birthday approaching, Jim has given farm and now they are common." And, yes, while the
up the active part of farming to others and has turned his times will keep changing for farmers and country folk,
attention to another earlier interest, the woods. The Lupinske with agricultural or conservation easements, our area of
farm includes nearly 80 acres of woods, a portion of which southwest Ohio will always have those places that folk can
is a mature forest with deep valleys and ravines. Jim is go to who have that itch to farm or raise cattle. z

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Board of Trustees Calendar

Calvin Conrad Marlene Hoffman Graham Mitchell
April
Stephen Eshbaugh Frank House Peggy Schear
7 Board Meeting, 7 pm, Sugar Valley Farm
Samuel Fitton Benjamin Jones J. Ronald Stewart 17 EarthFest, Oxford, Ohio
Stephen Gordon Amy Leedy Donald Streit
Adolph Greenberg Roger Millar Christian Worrell May
5 Board Meeting, 7 pm, TVCT
Founded in 1994, the Three Valley Conservation Trust works with 30 Office Closed for Memorial Day
people and communities to conserve the natural environment and
cultural heritage in Southwest Ohio. The Trust protects open space
and farmland by negotiating, through gift or purchase, conservation June
and agricultural easements, and works to protect and improve 2 Board Meeting, 7 pm, TVCT
water quality in the western tributaries of the Great Miami River. 20 TVCT Gourmet Fundraising Dinner with Anne
Kearney, Sugar Valley Farm
“Valley Trust News,” the newsletter for members of the Three Valley
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