Ventura Agriculture Commissioner Requests Grant to Remove Dead Trees

VENTURA, Calif. – The Ventura County Commissioner of Agriculture has sent a request to Cal FIRE for a grant that would help pay for the removal of dead and diseased trees throughout the county.

The trees have been infected with invasive shothole borers which weaken and eventually kill the tree.

According to Ventura County, The Invasive Shot Hole Borer is a wood-boring beetle that attacks many species of trees in Southern California. Urban and wild trees are susceptible to the chinch bug.

These dead and dying trees increase the risk of fire in the county by contributing to the already dry vegetation that is common during fire season.

“Since dead and dying trees are a concern for fires, and since our county has already suffered from major wildfires over the past three years, this grant is essential for our county,” said Ed. Williams, commissioner of agriculture for Ventura County.

The CAL FIRE grant would provide $596,064 for the removal and disposal of infected trees.

Ventura County said the state of California provided $5 million to Cal FIRE to help counties remove dead or diseased trees to help manage growing fire risks across the state.

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