Photo by Rick Bisaccia
Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) volunteers clear dead plants from a garden bed in lower Libbey Park as part of a partnership project between OVLC and the city of Ojai. The grove of trees and plantings were dedicated to the late David Shanbrom in the early '90s, according to Rick Bisaccia of OVLC and have since fallen into disrepair. When the volunteers began their work, they came upon an area with battered benches and picnic tables, disintegrating trash cans and dead plants. The irrigation system had stopped working long ago, said Bisaccia. OVLC will replant the area with native plants and the city will replace the tables. The OVLC portion of the project is supported by their Wild About Ojai program, said Bisaccia.