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Thousand Oaks redevelopment sparks public outcry to save the trees
Thousand Oaks redevelopment sparks public outcry to save the trees

There are trees, and then, when you grow up in a city called Thousand Oaks, there are trees. The oak tree isn't just in the city seal; it's in the city's DNA. When Yvonne Brockwell was growing up, the trees were ingrained in her schooling. She learned how the native Chumash people once used heated stones to make acorn soup, how the Spaniards used towering oaks as landmarks during exploration, how the trees were taken into consideration and preserved while orchards and chicken farms gave way to a well-heeled suburb. "This is our heritage," said Brockwell, 48, who was so inspired she later became a trained arborist. "We were taught that these trees meant so...

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