TVCT open house planned

OXFORD — Three Valley Conservation Trust, a member funded non-profit land trust, will be hosting an open house on Wednesday, Sept. 13 to welcome their new Executive Director, Chad Smith. The celebration will be held from 4-6 p.m. at the TVCT’s new location, 5995 Fairfield Road in Oxford (Oxford Professional Building).

Smith is a Talawanda graduate who graduated from Hocking College and began a 14-year career with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, beginning as the Park Naturalist at Hueston Woods for eight years, then as the Interpretive Services Manager for Southwest Ohio where he supervised seven park naturalists in 13 state parks.

Three Valley Conservation Trust has also moved locations. They are now located in the Oxford Professional Building. According to officials, the location is more accessible and provides a professional and technologically up-to-date office for the staff.

Three Valley is welcoming all to their open house to get better acquainted with their new Director, office, programs, and efforts to conserve land.

They are also planning for their Auction for Acres: Farm-to-Table Feast and Fete. This annual fundraiser will be held on Sunday, Nov. 12 from 5-9 p.m. at Oxford Community Arts Center.

Board member Amy Sullivan said, “I am sure you all realize how important the Auction for Acres is as our major fundraiser of the year. We rely on this to provide almost one-half of our operating budget. We have economized with a smaller staff and a different office location, but our expenses grow as we successfully increase the acreage under easement and Trust protection. We are now responsible for 187 properties in Southwest Ohio comprising over 21,000 acres

“The auction consists of 100 percent donated items, services, or experiences. Our event will be using locally sourced food, local entertainment, and we will need volunteer support to help with logistics, publicity, and set-up among other things to run the event itself.”

She is also requesting if anybody has items, services, or experiences to donate to contact her at or call 513-524-2150. They are also looking for volunteers for the event.

By Kelsey Kimbler

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