Plan calls for cutting 120 trees in Cambria

Ten dozen eucalyptus trees along a Cambria creek would be taken out and native plants, including cottonwood, alder and coast live oaks planted according to revised plans made by Cambria Community Services District and the California Conservation Corps.

The plan had originally called for the phased removal of 344 eucalyptus on the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve on both the east and west sides of Highway 1. Now, it’s proposed 120 trees and saplings be removed from the southwest bank of Santa Rosa Creek, south of Cambria Drive and north of where the highway crosses Santa Rosa Creek.

The trees, about 800 feet down a path starting from the south side of the highway bridge over the creek, are visible from the highway and Main Street in mid-Cambria.

The county hearing officer will review the plans at a meeting beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 7, in the Board of Supervisors Chambers in the County Government Center at 1055 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo.

The hearing officer will decide whether to issue permits for the project. His decision could be appealed to the county Board of Supervisors and the state Coastal Commission.

— Bert Etling