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Why does the City have a Valley Oak Ordinance?

Prior to urbanization, valley oaks heavily covered 400 square miles of the Central Valley. Visalia’s City Council first adopted a valley oak ordinance in 1971 in an effort to help preserve valley oaks from urbanization. The ordinance is still in effect with the same intentions to beautify, preserve, and enhance the quality of life and the unique identity of Visalia. Over the years, the Ordinance has been amended several times.

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