The Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Rep. Lois Capps for her recent legislation ensuring that Los Padres National Forest and Carrizo Plain National Monument will remain pristine and valuable resources for the communities that surround these amazing natural assets. Many communities in California have found that highlighting their proximity to protected wilderness benefits their economy, and Ojai is a prime example with its abundant equestrian trails and recreation-based businesses.
Providing for wilderness experiences directly benefits local retail businesses catering to the needs of wilderness seekers and other forest visitors. Also, companies and their executives value such amenities when they consider locating a business or are looking for a retreat or meeting venue.
Our member businesses have a stake in protecting our community’s great quality of life, and we are grateful that you have taken this important step in protecting our public lands for generations to come.