City Works To Protect Trees

By Sondra Murphy

Trees have historically been strongly associated with Ojai’s identity and the city is working on new ways to protect this resource. The Ojai Planning Commission held a public hearing last week on the Community Forest Master Plan, a document long in the making by city staff and the Ojai Tree Advisory Committee. “One of the reasons we’re doing this document is because it is a requirement of Tree City USA, which the council directed the city to obtain,” said city planner Katrina Rice Schmidt. Tree City USA is a program sponsored by the

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