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This article talks about one of the most powerful tools "that designers can use to help communities both mitigate and adapt to climate change," TREES. This information applies to all of our towns and cities; we can use the same tools.

According to the US Department of Agriculture , "Trees are like outdoor air conditioners that operate as carbon sinks. The cooling impact of a single healthy tree from evaporation and absorbing sunlight is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 24 hours a day,”

To read more about trees' benefits and how we can each act now read more here:

https://www.cnu.org/publicsquare/2021/10/19/street-trees-wonder-climate-adaptation


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Thought we would share some photos of our first Fall Planting event in October. We set a one day planting record of 42 trees and another 7 trees planted by CREW . In addition, we also planted 5 new beautiful Catalina Ironwood trees to replace the ones that died along Joan Kemper Walkway by the Ojai Art Center on N. Montgomery St.

We have been so excited to partner this fall with some young folks from the Green Valley Project (GVP) to encourage the planting of native oaks helping "re-oak" Ojai! Ojai Trees donated 50 15-gallon native Oaks to be planted around the valley and the members of the GVP launched a campaign to find them all good homes where we helped to plant them. We are even more excited to tell you that we are going to plant over 20 more oak trees, as well as other species of trees, on Saturday, November 13th. It isn't too late to be part of this! As an Ojai Trees volunteer you'll be part of a team of tree planters, get equipment and instruction. We'll assemble at 8 am in the parking lot south of Libbey Park tennis courts. From there we'll caravan or carpool to the planting sites and wrap up by noon.

Covid restrictions will be observed and pre-registration is required.

Register HERE to volunteer on Saturday, November 13



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By Caryn Bosson and Gabriele Lashly

Ojai Trees is actively replacing Ojai's declining heritage oaks and other native trees with young trees that should be spreading their branches over our streets, yards, and open spaces for the next hundred years and more. This summer, two of us Ojai Trees board members, Gabriele Lashly and Caryn Bosson, visited the Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains of California east of Inyo, as part of our vacation.

There we walked through the Methuselah Grove, home of a tree recorded to be more than 4,700 years old. Although where this exact tree is remains a mystery (for its protection), the numerous sculptural millenium-old Bristlecone Pines were a wonder to see. Perched at almost 10,000 feet and subject to extreme heat and cold, they continue to persevere.

We at Ojai Trees heartily recommend getting out and connecting with trees in their natural settings. It's not only renewing to the spirit, but it also helps inspire us to keep planting and caring for our community forest in the Ojai Valley.

Keeping trees alive and healthy in our Valley for generations to come is a big job. We appreciate your support in this important work.

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