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Dear <<First Name>>:

We trust you are safe and healthy while the stay at home orders remain in place.

We are writing with an opportunity for you to engage in the public policy arena with us. Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks has been working for nearly four years to get a tree preservation policy adopted by the County of Orange. The vote is finally here!

The policy goes before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 5th, within Agenda Item 50.

If you support preserving Orange County's trees--and we hope you do--please call or write your Supervisor by Monday, May 4th at noon to urge support of this policy.  (Talking points are shown right in the blue box.)

The email address and phone number for each Supervisor is below, you only need to call or email your district representative. A list of cities each Supervisor represents at the end of this email.

Chair Michelle Steel (District 2)  
Michelle.Steel@ocgov.com
(714) 834-3220

Vice Chair Andrew Do (District 1)
Andrew.Do@ocgov.com
(714) 834-3110

Supervisor Don Wagner (District 3)
Donald.Wagner@ocgov.com
(714) 834-3330

Supervisor Doug Chaffee (District 4)
Doug.Chaffee@ocgov.com
(714) 834-3440

Supervisor Lisa Bartlett (District 5)
Lisa.Bartlett@ocgov.com
(714) 834-3550

We will keep you posted on the outcome.

Thank you,


Melanie Schlotterbeck
Green Vision Coordinator

Tree Policy Talking Points
My name is: ______.  I live in ________. I'm calling to support the Tree Preservation Policy in the Supervisor's May 5th agenda (item 50) for these reasons (pick one, some, or all):

1. Orange County is the ONLY county in Southern California without a tree preservation policy. We should have one.
2. This policy supports local residents by improving their quality of life, enhancing the environment, and retaining to the charm of our communities.
3. Trees provide many benefits to humans, wildlife, and our environment--including shade, reduction in the urban heat island, habitat, and they store carbon.
4. Exceptions exist in the policy to protect property owners with certain lot sizes. It also does not apply to trees maintained by the County, trees on lands in fuel modification areas, trees needing emergency removal, diseased trees, and more.
5. No state laws protect our native trees, such as sycamores, oaks, Tecate cypress, willows, and more. This protection is needed.

I support the addition of the Foothill/Trabuco area and unincorporated lands above Brea into this policy and urge your YES vote on Tuesday.

Thank you!
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