Calabasas environmentalist pens magical novel for adults

ROOTS—Melina Watts with the book cover for“Tree.”
When I met with Calabasas resident Melina Watts, a former watershed coordinator for the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains, I had a preconceived idea that her first book was meant for children, and would center on environmentalism.
I expected whimsy, maybe a bit of sentimentality in the book she aptly named “Tree” because, after all, Watts is a bona fide tree-hugger, water worrier, and all-around natur...

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