Why was the Westlake Village oak tree felled on Thursday? According to a story in the 10-14 VC Star, the historic oak at the corner of Westlake Boulevard and Triunfo Canyon Road, had a fungus that weakens limbs and trunks. The VC Star further said, that said when city officials received the opinion of an arborist on Monday, saying that the tree’s canopy could fall on Triunfo Canyon Road at any time, they decided to chop it down immediately. For the full story, go to: VC Star, 10-14, Westlake Oak Comes Down
We love our oak trees in the Conejo Valley…that’s just the way it is. So, I think we should ask ourselves if this tree was receiving the care and concern it deserved, and I believe the answer is, “No.” Here is what the Ventura County Tree Protection information says: “Oaks are perhaps the most sensitive of the protected trees. Trenching and grading the ground beneath the tree canopy should always be avoided.” The protected zone for oaks is 5 feet beyond the edge of the canopy, or dripline, as it is called. Here is a link” Ventura County Tree Protection Ordinance.
This tree was growing and flourishing for centuries before Triunfo Canyon Road was placed within its dripline on one side. According to the Ventura Tree Ordinance, that is not advised. How muchdid both the road and the vehicle traffic stress the tree, which might have lead it to be susceptible to the fungus that necessitated its removal? We will never know, but, please, let’s take care of the remaining historic trees in the Conejo Valley!