There aren’t exactly 1,000 oak trees in Thousand Oaks, but the lush foliage does make the city a desirable place to live. For 16 years, the city at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains has maintained its title “Tree City USA”. The title is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to municipalities for excellence in community forestry.
Over the years, however, Tree Cities like Thousand Oaks have been put to the test, primarily by those who believe that urban trees are messing with cities’ drainage systems. Portland is one such city, having held the title for 37 years. Back in 2012, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Cassandra Profita reported about tree leaves and vegetation clogging drains and causing floods. (more…)