Letters to the Editor

Learn from watching Thousand Oaks grow

The letter written by Wallace McCray (“SLO County’s oak tree guidelines need a serious update,” June 29) was a cry for new guidelines for maintaining our oak trees.

It was stated that the guidelines for oaks was written more than 20 years ago.

I spent 30 years living in Thousand Oaks. And let me say, that city knows oaks and how to best protect them.

If you have an oak tree in your yard, you are not allowed to plant anything under the drip line — the area that lies under the branches of the oak.

They have a full-time city employee who drives around the area and checks on the oaks.

If you are caught trimming, planting or harming the oak in any way, you are fined. And woe to anyone who would cut one down.

It seems to me that we on the Central Coast should talk to the powers that be in Thousand Oaks and get a copy of their restrictions regarding the might oak.

Believe me, they know what they are doing when it comes to the oak trees.

David Williams, Arroyo Grande

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