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City To Replace Invasive Trees

By Linda Harmon

Starting in January non-native trees that have invaded the Libbey Park creek ecosystem and riparian corridor will be removed and replaced with clusters of new native trees. The tree plans are part of a Community Wetland Restoration Project funded by a $30,000 grant written by local biologist Brian Holly. Holly, who works for Ojai’s environmental consulting firm Bio Research Consultants, is a chair of the Ojai Valley Green Coalition Watershed Committee. He is in charge of the watershed project restoring 1.4 acres, at an estimated cost of $50,500.
“I’m ordering plants now,” said Holly, who has already worked with area volunteers and members of C.R.E.W. to clear the area of non-native underbrush since acquiring the grant in June. “Tom Bostrom is writing a tree protection plan that will lay out the protective measures for native trees and will identify the trees that need to be removed because they are invasive and spreading seeds downstream.”
Although the tree protection and removal plan is not finished, Holly wanted to get the word out that he expects it to include the removal of Canary Island date palms, Mexican fan palms, and a few ash trees. Holly also wants the public to know that there are plans for the larger non-natives that can be boxed for transplanting.
“They can be used in other areas,” said Holly, “whether at someone’s house or at another area offsite, that won’t affect the watershed. And we will be able to pay for a lot of the removal expense because

Starting in January non-native trees that have invaded the Libbey Park creek ecosystem and riparian corridor will be removed and replaced with clusters of new native trees. The tree plans are part of a Community Wetland Restoration Project funded by a $30,000 grant written by local biologist Brian Holly. Holly, who works for Ojai’s environmental consulting firm Bio Research Consultants, is a chair of the Ojai Valley Green Coalition Watershed Committee. He is in charge of the watershed project restoring 1.4 acres, at an estimated

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