Forum on the Road: Land Use Battles Continue as Napa County Passes Controversial Tree, Water Ordinance

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A vineyard belonging to Hill Family Estate on June 1, 2012. (Photo: Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/GettyImages)

A Napa Valley ordinance that takes effect in May will increase protections that landowners must take to preserve trees and the watershed. The decision marks another chapter in the long-standing debate over the use of, and protections for, Napa’s open space, trees and water. We’ll hear about the new “Water Quality and Tree Protection Ordinance” and why many environmentalists and vintners are unhappy about it.


Ryan Klobas, CEO, Napa County Farm Bureau

Patricia Damery, boardmember, Napa Vision 2050; formerly with the Yes on C committee