What is Ojai Trees?


Ojai Trees is an Ojai Valley community forestry group that welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds who want to do something tangible to help the environment. Our vision is a healthy community forest that is sustainable for future generations. Our goal is to inspire people to take personal responsibility for the community forest by participating with us. We are all-volunteer 501c3 registered non-profit organization.

Board of Directors


Garrett Clifford, President

Barbara Brown, Treasurer

Linda Harmon, Secretary

Caryn Bosson

Christine Brennan

George Gaines

Gabriele Lashly

Bob Meyer

Betsy VanLeit

What are the benefits of trees?


  • Trees produce oxygen which you inhale; and they take in CO2 which you exhale. That makes us breathing buddies with trees! How cool is that?

  • Trees mean energy cost savings (cooling & heating)

  • Trees increase the resale value of your property and beautify your neighborhood

  • Trees provide direct health and social benefits (safer, reduce stress, less violence)

  • Trees improve air quality by releasing fresh oxygen and removing carbon

  • Trees help the watershed by reducing storm water runoff and stabilizing the soil

  • Trees mean better business in commercial districts (shaded parking - attractive)

  • Trees encourage walking and outdoor activities, and cool parked vehicles


Ojai Valley's Community Forest


  • Ojai' s community forest is an aging tree population that is in less than average condition.

  • We need to plant new trees every year to maintain a balanced tree population.

  • The overwhelming majority of trees (approximately 75%) are on private property, so private property owners are the largest group of stakeholders.

  • Ojai' s community forest has about 17% canopy coverage now, and it's not in good shape. Our goal is 25% canopy coverage with healthy trees.

  • Ojai Trees' goal is to plant at least 100 new healthy trees every year.