Flora & fauna recovery
The flora and fauna of any habitat are intimately connected and thrive on one another for survival. While many native plants of Southern California are pyrophytic and will recover naturally, the wild spaces of Ojai have never seen the level of destruction that was incurred by the Thomas Fire which heavily affected our local wildlife populations and their food sources. We encourage the community to be patient and wait to see what new growth occurs if left undisturbed, but we also believe that through responsible land management, education, and community action we can tend to our natural landscape to help facilitate an optimal environment for wildlife and our shared environment. We look forward to hosting and highlighting educational opportunities and community events about native and invasive plants on our public lands, what beneficial things to plant in residential, agricultural, and wilderness/urban interface zones, and how to be more interactive with our environment to create a more resilient Ojai in the face of future fires, draught, and floods.
The transition town model has already been successful in many towns in the US as well as Europe and refers to grassroots community projects that aim to increase self-sufficiency to reduce the potential effects of peak oil, climate destruction, and economic instability. It aims to bring the focus to a local, community-based economy. The main principles of transition towns is to respect resource limits, create resilience and sustainability, promote inclusivity and social justice, and to adopt subsidiarity decision making at the most appropriate, practical and empowering level. We believe that this model is the most promising in the face of climate change, social inequality, and economic decline.
Sustainable landscapes and structures
As our community begins the process of rebuilding destroyed structures, it would be wise to examine which building materials are the most effective and resilient in our naturally fire and earthquake prone environment. Most of the Ojai Foundation located in upper Ojai was completely destroyed in the Thomas Fire except for their 'ancestor shrine' which was made out of adobe. Structures built from earthen materials are not only fire and earthquake resistant but, degrade naturally if they are destroyed and do not pose a health hazard to the environment and it's inhabitants. .......
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The formation of the Ojai Valley Habitat Coalition has united our valley’s ever-growing rank of experts on innovative and ecologically-sustainable approaches to soil/land and water management, agricultural practices, earthquake- and fire-resistant architecture, wildlife habitat support, cultural heritage preservation and growth, and community resiliency. Our intention is to cultivate our community’s wisdom base in eco-sustainable best practices and to share this knowledge broadly. We plan to host seminars and conferences with emphases on fire, flood, drought, and earthquake resiliency and establish Ojai as a model city and world educational center for eco-sustainability.