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The City Council will consider the next steps at the regularly scheduled City Council meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5th. The item will include a discussion of the action plan created by Althouse and Meade, the options for removal of hazardous trees (how many, in what specific areas, and over what time frames), the options for opening trails that are closed now, recommended tree removal methods to be used, recommended methods of removing the wood from the dead trees from the grove, the process and time frame for soliciting bids for the tree removal work, and the costs of the tree removal options. As staff continue to review the draft action plan, it is likely that other topics will be added to the meeting discussion.
A special City Council meeting will be held on Thursday, September 7th and will begin at 5:30 p.m. This will allow time for the City Council to think about the input received on September 5th and then move forward with a decision at the September 7th meeting. Please note that both meetings will be televised on Channel 19 and streamed through our website at www.CityofGoleta.org.
As a result of a tree health assessment performed as part of the Monarch Butterfly Habitat Management Plan, the City recently learned that a significant number of trees in the Ellwood Mesa are dead or dying. Many of the dead and dying eucalyptus trees in the forest were severely impacted by the drought which increased their vulnerability to pests. In an abundance of caution, and at the advice of the City’s insurer, some trails on the Ellwood Mesa will be temporarily closed due to the potential for falling trees. A trail closure map can be found here. Please observe all signs and closures as they are in place for your protection.The City Council will have to decide how to address the need to remove these trees and how to protect the safety of the healthy trees, the environmentally sensitive habitat and the public.
OTHER REFERENCE MATERIALS:
- July 26, 2017 Public Meeting PowerPoint
- July 18, 2017 City Council Presentation
- July 18, 2017 PowerPoint & Staff Report
- FAQs (last updated July 25, 2017)
Other City projects pertaining the Ellwood Mesa:
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