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What have you done to protect our oaks? 

At long last, someone has supplied us with a thorough, well thought-out scenario that it will take many, many years to correct the thoughtless actions of others due to greed and disregard for our beautiful county! Thanks to Bill Waycott and Neil Havlik for supplying the people of this community in plain English with easy-to-understand steps that have to be taken to repair the damage done by The Wonderful Company and Justin Vineyards in bulldozing a large, majestic area full of oak trees and the surrounding necessary underbrush.

As an owner for more than 31 years of 9-plus acres of oak habitat, I am keenly aware of what needs to be done (or not done!) to save our prized oak trees. I took classes similar to my Master Gardener classes to learn the needs of our local oak trees and what to do to preserve their majesty for many lifetimes. I gathered thousands of acorns from my 100 oak trees and prepared them for planting to reforest a hillside that was destroyed due to a plane crash. In a concern for fire safety, I personally cut (by hand!) all oak branches up to 4 inches in diameter as far as I could reach, then oversaw the tree trimming by the professionals so it was done properly. I have contributed numerous years to the California Oaks Foundation, which has become a part of the California Wildlife Foundation in Oakland. I donated heavily to The Land Conservancy of SLO to help purchase the Pismo Preserve, which has numerous stands of oaks. The Land Conservancy has a marvelous program to teach children about the importance of protecting our oak trees; Learning Among the Oaks is a terrific program led by a dedicated young woman I have known for many years.

I have lost much of my valley view and part of my ocean view due to my oak trees; that is OK with me because those trees provide habitat and so many opportunities to watch wildlife on my property.

Once our majestic oak trees are destroyed, they are gone! Who cares about another business moving in and planting more grape vines? I have done my part to protect our beautiful oak trees—what have you done?

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