GOLETA, Calif. - The Coastal Commission granted an emergency permit to remove dead trees.
The permit, sent to the city of Goleta on Tuesday, will allow the one-time removal of 29 dead or dying eucalyptus trees at Ellwood Mesa.
The trees are located along trials that have been closed as a safety precaution since July.
The areas is known for butterflies, but people walking near the trails on Wednesday night said they have noticed a decrease in monarch butterflies since the drought.
Drought conditions and pests have contributed to the problem.
A recent study said about a fourth of the trees are stressed.
The city council discuss a tree removal plan in October.