Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Wild About Ojai

Ojai Valley Land Conservancy
Part III of it's Wild About Ojai 2009 Series


Last Friday & Saturday, March 13th & 14th, Ojai residents had the opportunity to learn about the river from local experts. I joined Stevie on the field trip to speak about the Matilija Dam project.

I. River Talk - No Work Stoppage for the Ventura River!
Presentation by Stevie Adams, OVLC Biologist and Project Manager
Friday evening, March 13th from 7-9pm
at the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy office- 370 Baldwin Road
While our government continues to cut vital programs, our river tirelessly toils to bring us numerous public services for free. Stevie Adams will present an exploration of the natural functions and processes of the Ventura river system that capture and filter water, dissipate flood flows, and put sand on our beaches. Please join her to learn how a river works, why floodplains are so important and what cost altering the river brings.

II. River Walk - The Plants of the Ventura River Habitat
A hike on the Ventura River with Lanny Kaufer, Ethnobotanist and naturalist

III. River Driving Tour - From Matilija Dam to Foster Park, a tour of our watershed with Stevie Adams - Meet at the Riverview Trailhead Saturday at 1pm for a 1 1/2 hour driving tour. Join Stevie for a carpool tour of the river Saturday afternoon to observe river processes in action and how alteration of our river has impacted its ability to function.