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KCBX: City works to save trees during drought 

Central Coast cities working to keep urban forests alive amidst drought

– State water officials are concerned our historic drought could be killing millions of trees throughout California.

watering oaks

A large oak at Park and 9th streets in downtown Paso Robles.

Central Coast cities are doing what they can to keep our urban forests as healthy as possible.

It’s a tough balancing act for local city managers to meet the governor’s mandate on water rationing, while keeping trees alive.

Dick McKinley is the Public Works Director for Paso Robles. He said his team is now only watering trees and some shrubbery.

“If you look around town, everywhere where we have trees, we still have irrigation going to the trees,” he said. “We have a lot of areas where turf is either dying or at least distressed.”

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