Goleta Valley Beautiful News

July 2004

GVB cell phone 252-1952, E:mail kennethknight@cox.netClick Here

Visit the GVB Booth at the Goleta July 4 Fireworks celebration at Girsh Park 4-9:30 PM   

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

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

   July 2        Tree Planting - Devereux Campus, 7055 Seaway Drive Friday 12 noon to 3 PM Planting 5 Primrose trees.  RSVP at 252-1952
July 4       Goleta Firework Festival - Girsh Park  Sunday 4:00 to 9:30 PM Volunteers needed to staff GVB Booth.  2 hr shifts beginning at 4 pm and ending at 10 PM.

July 9 -Regional Youth Conference Tree Planting, Turnpike and Hollister, Friday July 9, 2-4:30 350 LDS youth will plant 45 trees as a community service project on Turnpike, Magna Vista, Amarosa, Glenbrook, Chandler, Halkirk, Andrita, Avalon, Frazier, and Baxter.  Call 252-1952 for information. 

       July 10 Tree Planting - Girsh Park  7050 Phelps Rd.  Saturday 9AM to Noon  Planting 6 trees.  Meet at the Community Center in the Park.  RSVP at 252-1952
July 10, 24 Cleanups of selected Goleta streets. Saturdays, 9:30 AM to Noon.  Call Judy Nason at 964-0436 and leave a message.  Call 252-1952 if you see areas needing trash cleanup.
July 13 Tree Planting -  Bristol Place Tuesday 9 to 5 PM Install root shields and plant 6 Brisbane Box street trees.  Meet at Bristol and Bradford. RSVP at 252-1952 

Special - GVB Board position openings-One year term.  Candidate should enjoy speaking with GVB members, nonprofit policymaking, urban forestry, and/or monitoring government activities, Call Sam at 967-0595

Ongoing Interviewers needed to make phone calls and follow-up in person visits if necessary to determine the interest of residents in the planting and care of public parkway street trees adjacent to their property.  Hours and Goleta Valley locations vary according to your schedule and interest.  Call 252-1952 

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

2. GVB and Related Events
July 4  - Old Fashioned Fourth of July at the Stow House sponsored by the Goleta Valley Historical Society, 10 to 5.  Contact GVHS for more information at 964-4407
July 4 - Fireworks, entertainment, food booths  and more at Girsh Park sponsored by Goleta Noontime and Evening Rotary and the Foundation for Girsh Park.  Sunday 4:00 to 9:30 PM For information call Girsh Park at 968-2773 

3. GVB Residential and Business Awards of the Month
Residential July - 5178 Calle Asilo, Rob and Cathy Kooyman, owners, Kitson Landscape Management, Inc, -Landscape designer 
Residential June - 263 N. Kellogg, Diane Powers owner, Tim Metcalf-Total Landscape Concepts -landscape designer 
Business July - To be announced
Business -June. 33 La Patera, Motion Engineering / 35 La Patera lane Pacific Materials Lab, Doral and Cavelle Neeley, owners,Trees cared for by Quality Tree Care 

Nominate your favorite place by downloading our nomination form on the Goleta Valley Beautiful website at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org.  For residential properties, contact Bonnie Freeman at  683-1878.  For commercial/office/homeowner associations call 252-1952.  Look for articles in the Valley Voice, the Beacon and the SB News Press.  

4.Business Sponsors of the Month – San Marcos Growers, Old San Marcos Road, Santa Barbara CA 93111 Phone 683-1561, Fax 964-1329 Web: www.smgrowers.com

San Marcos Growers is a wholesale plant nursery located in the eastern Goleta Valley.  The nursery specializes in plants for Mediterranean climates including many different bulbs, grasses, perennials, succulents, shrubs, trees and vines.  Other special crops include aquatic plants, New Zealand Flax and old roses.  San Marcos Growers is not open to the public but sells to retail nurseries and landscape professionals throughout California.  For information visit the San Marcos Growers website at www.smgrowers.com.  And special thanks to General manager Randy Baldwin for opening up his ^secret garden^ to the GV Heritage Tree and Nursery Tour.  Although we go there every year, we always find something new to awe and inspire us. 

5. GVB News Tidbits

- El Encanto Heights Beautification Project - About 30 supporters showed up on June 22 for a public explanation and site review of the El Encanto Heights Beautification Project, including Councilmember Margaret Connell.  The project involves large-scale dryland landscaping of the 20 ^ wide southern portion of Calle Real (next to Highway 101) between Colusa and Daffodil.  The area does not have a water meter, so any landscaping installed must be watered by truck during its establishment period, and then be able to survive without supplemental water.  The types of trees and shrubs chosen were therefore native tree and shrubs (Oak, sycamore, toyon, redbud), or non-native, non-invasive trees and shrubs that can survive in our climate.  As a result of the meeting, we are increasing the number of proposed trees to be planted to approximately 40 and from a different funding source than the City of Goleta^s $2500 Community Project grant to initiate this project.  This will allow us to plant 35 shrubs, more than originally anticipated.  We also have to reserve funds for a water truck to water the plants in the summertime for the first two years.Now that we have a core of volunteers willing to help with the initial maintenance of this area, we will proceed with final design and implementation.  The flags on the site denote where the trees (green) and shrubs (yellow) will be planted.  If the area is mowed (we hope soon) and the flags are removed, we^ve marked the adjacent pavement with green and yellow dots.  The paint is washable to allow us to move sites if needed.  Underground service alert checked the area, and we have no conflicts with underground utilities.
    Nest action points are to create a final design plan for presentation to the City^s Design Review Board on their August 17 meeting, coordinate logistical details with City staff, prepare the site on September 18 (Day of Caring) and plant on October 16 or later if the early rains don^t occur.  For more information and to assist, contact Project Coordinators Bonnie Freeman at 683-1878 or Ken Knight at 252-1952

-GVB Mid-summer Hiatus - GVB activities will slow down in late July/early August as Executive Director Ken Knight takes a vacation.  On August 10, Ken will deliver a presentation at the Annual Conference of the International Society of Arboriculture in Pittsburgh PA.  The title of the presentation is "Tahitian Snow - How can arborists talk to accountants about trees as capital assets?"
-Santa Barbara Shores/Coronado Tree Planting Preparation - We need to do more neighborhood surveys before we can proceed with tree planting in this area. Later this summer GVB will initiate  the first of a series of street tree plantings in the City of Goleta with the help of Proposition 12 funding. 

-GVB Grant Awards - GVB received 1 grant award in June
- - We can^t formally announce the grant until we have approval from the home office, but a major national retailer provided a $25,000 grant to GVB to grow native trees with the help of Growing Solutions Restoration Institute and the Devereux foundation.  More details to follow next month.
- -In the unsuccessful category, we were again turned down by the Towbes Foundation for an urban forester educational program, and the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council did not rank our application high enough for funding research into incorporating trees as capital assets as part of the City of Goleta^s General Planning process.

- -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.  Due to summer vacations, we^re running behind in getting trees in the ground, but we^ll catch up by late summer.

6. Event results/kudos
--Turnpike Area Tree Planting Preparation -  Eagle Scout Candidate Rich McCollum, his adviser Jim Bartlett, and over 20 volunteers spent three weekends in June installing 900 feet of root shields in preparation for the July 9 tree planting in the Turnpike/Hollister area.  This was the most ambitious and well planned Eagle project we have ever been involved in.  Hats off to rich for a stellar job.
GVB Tree Planting and Care during June  - 
Trees - Species - Location  - Date - Hours - Action
5 - Catalina Cherry-  Devereux - 6/10/04 - 28- Planted, mulched
5 - Catalina Cherry - Devereux - 6/18/04 - 21- Planted, mulched
20 - Brisbane Box - Los Carneros - 6/5/04 - 14 - Mulched and weeded 

Thanks this month to tree volunteers at Notre Dame School, Kristian Blom and the Devereux crews.  
  - - Neighborhood Cleanup - Judy Nason and her Cambridge Drive Community Church volunteers cleaned up their usual areas on June 5 and they were at it again on June 26 when they collected 3 orange trash bags full in 6 volunteer hours along Los Carneros Road from Glen Annie to Los Carneros.  Judy is having difficulty arranging for a trash disposal location to accept all the trash they are collecting.  Anyone having available trash disposal space contact Judy at 964-0436.
- - 3rd Annual Goleta Valley Heritage Tree and Nursery Tour - Tree Tour Coordinator Thom Myall reports that 28 people attending this year^s  tour and that GVB raised approximately $800 for this fundraiser/educational tour.  Dan Condon and Jerry Sortommee were a brilliant tag team of information and anecdotes about the nature of our trees.  Thanks to  our sponsor Santa Barbara AirBus, to the GVB members who supported scholarships for students,  and to all of our hosts along the way, including Norm Beard, Randy Baldwin, Urban McLellan, and Stan Giorgi.  Your comments are welcome as to how we can make it a better tour next year.  

7. Water Kings and Queens. -
Please refill your portable tree irrigators (Treegators) once a week.  Treegator instructions can be found at www.treegator.com  If you have had new trees planted by GVB in the past year and a half and your tree is not watered by an irrigation system, call us at 252-1952 and we deliver a Treegator to you. 

  NOTE: Treegators should be place on a short bed of mulch (no mulch touching the tree trunk) to avoid the holes on the bag from clogging up.  If your Treegator stays full for more than ten hours, or if the Treegator empties almost immediately due to an oversized hole, contact us at 252-1952
If you don^t have a Treegator, you may need to create a temporary soil watering berm one to two feet away from the trunk and encircling your tree, and deep water your tree with a slow trickling hose.  

8. Welcome last month^s new/renewing donor members - R designates renewing member  
    Basic -  Jennifer Ragland, Alfred and Evelyn Gregory (El Encanto), Garner, Inc. (El Encanto)
Supporting - Joseph and Ruth Duwell 
Family -  Jim Sterken and Kathy Curtis-R,  Judith and James Nigro, 
    Business Sponsors - San Marcos Growers-R  
Honor Trees -  Kim Schizas, Judy Jennings  

  Thanks for discounts/donations/reduced prices and services from Pacifica Suites, Camino Real Marketplace, CopyRight, Island Feed and Seed, San Marcos Growers , and West Covina Nurseries.  Also our volunteers thank Cecilia Brown for the oranges and tangerines, and Lisa Roper and Marc Bradley for sodas

9. 2004 Annual Donor Membership Information - To down load your application and become a member- Click here and mail to: Goleta Valley Beautiful Membership, PO Box 6756, Goleta, CA 93160-6756 Yes, I want to help Goleta Valley Beautiful^s efforts to beautify and green the Goleta Valley.

Board of Directors: Sam S. Alfano-President, Kathy Curtis - Vice President, Doug Winter - Secretary, Tami Mason - Treasurer. Board members: Merlyn Cummings, Alan Cavaletto, Al Turnbull, Thom Myall, Laura Funkhouser, Kristen Amyx, Dan Condon, Phebe Mansur, Lori Roper, Marc Bradley.  Executive Director - Ken Knight- - Member California ReLeaf Network and National Tree Trust Grant Recipient