Goleta Valley Beautiful News
April 2004
GVB cell phone 252-1952, to E:mail kennethknight@cox.netClick Here


Coming May 15 - GVB Annual Banquet and Silent Auction
Silent Auction Donation Form can be download here
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    April 2004 Highlights
  1. GVB Volunteer/Community Service opportunities
  2. Residential and Business Awards of the Month
  3. Sponsor of the Month
  4. News Tidbits
  5. Event results/Kudos
  6. Water Kings and Queens
  7. Member information
  8. Ten Things You Can Do To Help Trees In Goleta Valley
  9. Donor Membership Information Form
  10. Silent Auction Donation Form


1. GVB Volunteer/Community Service opportunities - Call 252-1952 or e-mail kennethknight@Cox.net

Students please bring your community service forms. Tools, drinks, & snacks provided. No experience required. Tree planting projects under the supervision of a Certified Arborist.

April 3 Tree Planting - Saturday 8 AM to 10 - Girsh Park, 7050 Phelps Rd. Meet at Community Center Building. Planting 15-gallon Honor Trees. To volunteer call 252-1952

April 3, 24, Roadside Cleanup - Cambridge Drive Community Church is sponsoring Saturday morning & May 15 cleanups of selected Goleta streets. Call the church at 964-0436 and leave a message if you want to volunteer. Call 252-1952 if you see areas needing trash cleanup.

April 10 Tree Planting - Saturday 9 AM to 3 PM Devereux Campus, 7055 Seaway Drive Planting of 44 15-gallon trees as part of an Eagle Scout project.To volunteer call Matt Ellsworth, 683-0077

April 17 Tree Planting - Saturday 9 AM to Noon - Devereux Campus, 7055 Seaway Drive Planting 8 15-gallon Magnolia trees. To volunteer call 252-1952

April 24 Tree Planting - Saturday 9 AM to Noon - Devereux Campus, 7055 Seaway Drive Planting 8 15 gallon Oak and Afghan Pine trees. To volunteer, call 252-1952

May 1, 8, Tree Planting - Saturday 9 AM to Noon - Devereux Campus, 7055 Seaway Drive. Planting 10 15-gallon trees. To volunteer call 252-1952

Special 30th Anniversary Committee - President Sam Alfano needs volunteers to prepare for the GVB^s 30th anniversary awards banquet on May 15. Volunteers are need to work on the Silent Auction, to prepare table-top displays of past and current winners, to organize our paper and digital photographs and other important tasks. Call Sam at 967-0595.

Special GVB Board position opening-Experience in Fundraising, publicity and/or monitoring of government regulatory activities desirable. Call Sam at 967-0595

Ongoing Graffiti Cleanup - Prompt reporting of graffiti to Ed Graper at 964-7117 or e-mail edgraper@yahoo.comClick Here Contact Ed if you would like to help remove graffiti in your area. Supplies and training provided.

Ongoing Develop your own Goleta Valley beautification project! Goleta Valley Beautiful will provide resources and expertise to youth groups interested in developing their own tree planting, maintenance, educational and clean-up programs. Good opportunity for 4-H, Boys and Girls Clubs, Scouts, school groups, fraternity/sorority, church groups and any youth groups in the Goleta Valley area. Call 252-1952 to develop a project.


Residential March - 166 Vega Drive, Rico and Marcie Casillas, owner Residential April - Ross is still verifying information with the selected homeowners

Business March - 5300 Shoreline Drive, Two Boot Farm, Martha and Diana Miller, co-owners. Jose Yanez-maintenance.

Business April- Mission City Sales and Leasing, 5551 Hollister Avenue, John Mullins-owner, Salvador Guiterrez-maintenance.

Nominate your favorite place by downloading our nomination form on the Goleta Valley Beautiful website at click here. For residential properties, contact Ross Harris at 563-7247 or Merlyn Cummings at 964-7802. For commercial/office/homeowner associations call Janet Gripp at 705-6832. Look for articles in the Valley Voice, the Beacon and the SB News Press.

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Valley Crest Landscape Maintenance 2910 Sherwin Avenue, Ventura CA 93003 (805) 642-9300 www.valleycrest.com click here

Valley/Crest is a leader in landscape maintenance services. They provide total landscape solutions to a wide range of customers including hotels, corporate campuses, office and industrial buildings, homeowner associations, multi-family dwellings, retail centers, sports fields and public spaces. They work to capture nature^s beauty for your benefit and bring effective solutions to bear quickly. Their goal is to ensure that the value of your landscape investment appreciates through proper care and sustainable enhancements. For more than 50 years, their understanding of their clients needs has helped maintain long-term relationships and sustain high levels of satisfaction.

The ValleyCrest team in Goleta, Greg Santamaria, Frank Aninno and Andre Bouweraerts have over 60 years of experience between them. They combine the benefits of a large companies resources with the personal, hands-on attitude of a small company.

Free Tree City USA Bulletins - We have a limited number of 40 different Tree City USA Bulletins available for Goleta Valley Beautiful members and volunteers. These bulletins are produced by the National Arbor Day Foundation and distribution is supported in part through Proposition 12 grants from the California Department of Fire and Forestry. Some of the favorite titles include # 1 How to Prune Young Shade Trees, # 3 Resolving Tree-Sidewalk conflicts, #19 how to Select and Plant a Tree, and #14 How to Kill a Tree (think reverse psychology)

May 15 Annual Banquet and Silent Auction Donations - Do you know of a product or service that you think would make a good Silent Auction item? Use the form at the end of this newsletter and contact us at 252-1952 if you have something we can^t live without.

Honor Trees in Girsh Park - The Foundation for Girsh park is interested in working with GVB to plant Honor/Memorial Trees with plaques. This is a different policy from the County, which doesn^t allow plaques with tree planting in public parks. Contact 252-1952 for information.

Intern/Community service opportunities - Thanks to Interns Akane Karasawa and Leslie Regan for their work on a vacant tree planting sites survey in the City of Goleta last term. We can use several additional interns in April through June to help complete the work. Call 252-1952 for information.



Tree Planting/Maintenance Requests - In the City of Goleta, send your requests to the Community Development Department, 6500 Hollister Ave Suite 120, Goleta CA 93117. In the unincorporated areas of the County, contact either the County Parks Department at 610 Mission Canyon Rd., SB 93105-2911 for trees in public parks or the Public Works Department at 123 East Anapamu St., SB 93101 for trees in the public right of way. You can mention that you would like to work with GVB in planting trees in public areas.

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Thanks to Jim Morris in Carpinteria for his donation of two storage sheds. Along with Louise Keeler^s earlier donation of a storage shed, we can now return the temporary storage shed that Marborg has generously donated for our use for the past 5 months.

5. Event results/kudos

Arbor Day Presentations - Thom Myall, Dan Condon and Ken Knight made 11 Arbor Day presentations/plantings over the month of March including presentations at the Goleta City Council, tree plantings at Stow Grove, La Goleta, Kellogg School and Baxter Ave, and 7 presentations to 212 children at Kellogg, Mountain View and Brandon Schools. Thanks for Santa Barbara ReLeaf for the Mr. Treechie Coloring books. If you have young children, GVB has these coloring books in English and Spanish available for members at no charge by calling 252-1952

Tree Planting and Care during March -
Trees- Species - Location - Date - Hours - Action

1- Firewheel- Kellogg School -3/5 - 2- Planted with presentation

7- Australian Willow- Rosemead & Baxter - 3/6- 32- - 3/7- 2- Planted

10- Coast Live Oaks- La Goleta Open Space - 3/8-13 - 14 - Planted & Mulched

120- Brisbane Box- Cathedral Oaks Rd- 3/8-21 - 62- Partial rootshield removal

10- Oak,pine,Sycamore- Food Bank- 3/13- 32- Planted

1- Coast Live Oak- Queen Ann Park- 3/13 - 4 - Planted, weeded

8 - Fern Pine - Devereux Campus - 3/20- 32 - Planted

2004 GVB Advisory Council - Thank you to the great cross-section of 24 volunteers attending the Annual Advisory Council Meeting at the Southern California Edison Conference Room. Thanks to Ernie Villegas of Edison for attending and providing us use of the room. We received a lot of useful ideas about making modifications to our business plan to make us more effective as an organization. We have a summary of the meeting that we are circulating to the attendees, and we^ll post it on our web site in the near future.

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6. Water Kings and Queens. -

March was an abnormally dry month. If you have had new trees planted since September, don^t wait for the distribution of Treegators in late April or early May to start watering. New trees can use about 20-30 gallons of water at a slow, deep watering rate every two weeks. You may need to create a temporary soil watering berm one to two feet away from the truck and encircling your tree. If the weather continue to be dry, GVB may push up the date for distribution of Treegators.

7. Welcome last month^s new/renewing donor members - R designates renewing member

Basic - Gerald Little-R, Gerald Groff-R(additional 2004 donation), Tim and Mary Schmidt, John and Mimi Elder-R

Supporting - Katie O^Reilly Rogers, Gordana Zivanovic, Kaylyn Johnson Scott, David Powdrell-R, Harriett Phillips-R(additional 2004 donation)

Family-Mark and Christine Klopstein-R, Betty Rosness-R (additional 2004 donation)

Business Sponsors - Michael Procheb-Financial Management Group-R, Andre Bouweraerts-Valley Crest

Benefactors - Wells Fargo Foundation, National Tree Trust, California ReLeaf, Cecilia Brown

Thanks for discounts/donations/reduced prices and services from Pacifica Suites, Camino Real Marketplace, Marborg, CopyRight, Growing Solutions, Island Feed and Seed, Western Farm Supply, San Marcos Growers and West Covina Nurseries.

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    8. Top Ten Things You Can Do to Help Trees in Goleta Valley (based on GVB observations)

  1. Deep water trees in the dry season May through October. Irrigation water should not touch the tree trunk
  2. Keep the root collar clear of soil and remove any planter boxes with soil covering the root collar
  3. Remove grass, plants within 2 feet of trunk. Mulch up to 4" deep but do not allow mulch to touch trunk
  4. Remove any ivy on tree trunks or branches.
  5. Don^t top a shade tree. Contact a Certified arborist or GVB for pruning suggestions.
  6. Remove concrete paving in parkway-use permeable paving for walkways and native plants under 18"
  7. Report dead/hazardous public trees to City/County for removal and replacement
  8. For parkways, choose only trees from City/County authorized lists. Don^t plant yourself without a permit
  9. Contact GVB to consider alternatives to public tree removal for uplifted sidewalks
  10. Consider fertilization/spraying program if recommended by Certified Arborist


9. 2004 Annual Donor Membership Information -
To become a member in helping to keep our wonderful valley beautiful Click here.