Emergency permits will allow Goleta to remove 29 dead Eucalyptus trees in Ellwood Mesa

Dead Eucalyptus trees to come down in Ellwood Mesa

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.

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