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Community Meeting Planned To Discuss Closure Of Popular South Coast Trails

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A South Coast city which has closed some popular trails because of the danger posed by dead, and dying trees has announced it will hold a community meeting to discuss the problem.

The City of Goleta closed a number of the trails in the Ellwood Mesa area. The drought and then insects taking advantage of weakened trees have severely impacted the Mesa’s eucalyptus tree population. City officials say several hundred dead, or dying trees will need to be removed to protect the public’s safety, as well as help the healthy trees.

There are some trails still open which allow people to get to the beach. The area is a key habitat for Monarch butterflies.

The community meeting will take place at six p.m. Wednesday, in Goleta’s City Council chambers.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.