By Linda Harmon
Two mature oaks were lost along the gateway to our city just as California begins celebrating National Arbor Day next week.
According to the report submitted to the city by arborist Paul Rogers, a 50-inch mature coast live oak located on the old original Ojai Ford property succumbed to disease brought on by stress from extended drought. The tree’s support system had been destroyed by its natural predators: two types of beetles and an infestation of Hypoxylon fungus. It is not known if the oak will be replaced.