Goleta Valley Beautiful News
March 2005

GVB cell phone 252-1952, E:mailkennethknight@cox.net
Celebrate California Arbor Day March 4 and throughout March & April till National Arbor Day April 29 

1. GVB Community Service opportunities -
General public welcome, especially jr.high to college students
- Mar 4        California Arbor Day Tree Planting Celebration  11-11:15 AM Girsh Park 7050 Phelps Rd  Join members of the GVB Board, Goleta City Council and staff, and Girsh Board and staff to plant a Pink Trumpet Tree in honor of Arbor Day 2005.  Park in lot off Phelps Road next to maintenance building and look for the GVB truck.  NOTE: We changed our schedule to allow time to get to the Ellwood Mesa celebration at 11:30 am.  
- Mar 5 -   Oak Tree Plantings - Camino Corto Open Space - Sat. 1-4 PM Meet at Isla Vista School Parking lot on El Collegio across from Francisco Torres Towers Call Tanya Novak at 895-6539 to RSVP.  Equipment provided, no experience required.
- Mar 6 - - Oak Tree Plantings - Camino Corto Open Space - Sun 1-4 PM Meet at Camino Lindo & Fortuna Call  252-1952 to RSVP.  Equipment provided, no experience required.
- Mar 12, 26 Anti-litter cleanup - Report litter problem areas to Judy Nason of Cambridge Drive Community Church at 964-0436, and volunteer to help with clean-up crews on 2nd & 4th Sat., 9 to 11 am.
- Mar 12      Park Tree Plantings -Meet at Girsh Park Community Room - 7050 Phelps Rd. Sat., 9 AM to Noon Call 252-1952 to rsvp. Equipment provided.  No experience required.
- Mar 19      Fire Station 11 Tree Planting - 6901 Frey Way 9 AM to Noon.  Tree planting for screening of Urban Search and Rescue Training Property.   Equipment provided, no experience necessary. RSVP 252-1952
- Mar 7, 14  Tree Planting on the Devereux Campus-  Join Devereux clients/staff in planting trees on the March 21, 28 Devereux campus.  Monday afternoons from 12:15 to 2:45.  Equipment provided, no experience necessary.  Call 252-1952 for specific location and more information.
- April 2      Tree Planting-Page Youth Center 4540 Hollister Ave -Saturday 9 AM to Noon.  Join UCSB Circle K and Kiwanis members in a tree planting project.  No experience necessary, equipment provided. RSVP 252-1952  
- Apr-Jun   Tree Planting Project Leaders-Spring Term - UCSB students wanted for organizing tree planting  projects in the Isla Vista community under the direction of a Certified Arborist.  Stipend provided for completed projects.   Send inquiries kennethknight@cox.net 
- 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 Goleta Valley area youth groups. 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  Contact Ed if you would like to help remove graffiti in your area. Supplies and training provided.

Upcoming events
- Mar 16      Annual Goleta Valley Beautiful Advisory Council Luncheon Meeting -
11:45 to 1:00 PM. Southern California Edison Conference  Room, 123 David Love Place across from the Airport. Council member invitations have been distributed.  The meeting is open to the pubic and all are invited to share comments on GVB^s future directions.
- Mar 25      Arbor Day Presentation at La Patera
- April ?      Leaf-It-To-You Tree Plantings Projects - - funded by the California Department of Forestry and Fire at Ellwood and Goleta Valley Junior High Schools.  Dates to be announced. 
  - May 14      DATE CHANGE  - - Please note that the date for the GVB 31st Annual Awards Banquet and Silent Auction has been changed from May 21 to May 14 at the Holiday Inn in Goleta.

2. GVB Residential and Business Awards of the Month 

   Residential   - March   1075 N Patterson Ave., Aavo and Fran Koort, owners
- Feb - 349 Princeton, Goleta 93117, Chris and Anne Messner owners and designers

Business     - March -  Storke Ranch, Phelps and Storke Rd- James Nguyen, Bartlein Co.- Property Managers,
Van Netta and Associates-Landscape Design and Kitson Landscape Maintenance -Maintenance 

  - Feb - Walgreen Drugs, 5900 Calle Real 

            Nominate your favorite place by downloading our nomination form here on Goleta Valley Beautiful website at Clicking here to see and download the nomination form For residential properties, contact Bonnie Freeman at  683-1878.  For commercial/office/homeowner associations call Marc Bradley at 967-3738.  Look for articles in the Valley Voice, the South Coast Beacon and the SB News Press.  

3. GVB News Tidbits
- - New Business Benefactor Advertising Opportunities - Water seeped into the transmission of our one-ton truck during the recent rains and caused transmission failure.  In order to recoup some of the $4300 unbudgeted repair cost, the Executive Committee has authorized a new category of $1000 Business Benefactor members, limited to 5 per year.  Each Business Benefactor will receive a 4^ x4^ advertising space on the side of the GVB truck.  Each advertising space will be put in place for one year.  Signs of paint, tape or magnets will be the responsibility of the advertiser.  To reserve a location, call 252-1952. 

Arbor Day Presentations 
 In addition to our formal Arbor Day tree planting activity, GVB Certified Arborist Ken Knight will be making school presentations throughout March and April.  The presentations this year integrate tree information into the elementary school curriculum requirements, particularly in life sciences.  The content of each presentation will be modified to suit the needs of the audience.  To reserve a presentation time, call 252-1952 

   Annual membership due- Thanks to our 246 new and returning GVB donor members. However as of February 28, our Membership Committee (Lori Roper, Laura Funkhouser, Phebe Mansur, David Fainer and Bonnie Freeman) ended their outreach to 179 non-renewing 2004 donor members.  Non-renewing donor members have until the end of March to update their 2005 calendar year support for Goleta Valley Beautiful or their names will be deleted from the membership roles. 

   If you haven^t been contacted yet, you can always use this membership application Membership Form

  Fact: only 4 out of every 10 people receiving this newsletter are Donor members of GVB. 

2005 Renewing Membership Survey Results-2004 results in (parentheses)

As of mid-February, 22% or 52 (62)  renewing members returned surveys. Responses are in priority order
1. Urban tree planting, inventorying, monitoring and maintenance in public areas (1)
2. Tied Assist neighborhoods in developing and implementing beautification projects in their areas, (2)
2. Tied Educational Programs at schools including Arbor Day (4)
4. Graffiti removal (2)
5. Litter clean up (2)
  6. Media Coverage (3)
7. Tied Developing partnerships with local/statewide organizations (9)
7. Tied Training/Work Projects for At Risk Youth
9. Tied Training/Work Projects for developmentally disabled
9. Tied Offering Volunteer Training and Guidance programs (7-tied)
11. Tied Annual Banquet/Recognition awards (8 tied)
11. Tied Monitoring and comment of local government programs (8 tied)
13. Monthly Neighborhood residential award (5)
14. Bi-monthly business award (7 tied)
x. Contractual agreement for young public tree planting/maintenance (6)

Tree Planting/Maintenance Requests - 
We^ll respond to your requests for public trees, or you can contact local governments directly.   In the City of Goleta, send your requests to the Community Services 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. 

4. Event results/kudos GVB Tree Planting and Care - February 2005
Trees - Species- Location -- Date- - Hours- -Action
4 -Gum,Fringe,Parasol - GUSD-Fairview Ave -2/5/05 - 40 -  Planted/mulched
4 - Oaks - Devereux campus  - 2/7/05 - 21 - Planted/mulched
13 - Coast Live Oaks - Del Sol Open Space-2/12/05 -46  - Planted/mulched  
   8 - Coast Live Oaks - Del Sol Open Space - 2/13/05 -  26 -Planted/mulched
5 -  Coast Live Oaks  -  Devereux Campus  - 2/14/05 - 18 - Planted/mulched
2 - Magnolia/rotundiloba -  Grace Baptist Church -2/18/05  -35 - Planted/mulched
75 -Trees and Shrubs - Calle Real-El Encanto- 2/21/05 -7.5 - Weeded
6 - Sycamores - Devereux Campus-2/23/05 -  24 - Planted/mulched
500- Tree containers - Devereux Greenhouse-2/26/05- 184 - Irrigation setup 
9 -Oaks,Metro,Flame- Little Acorn/Del Sol -  2/27/05- 54 -Planted/mulched
5 - Flame, Nobilis -Devereux Campus  -  2/28/05 -15 - Planted/mulched 
Thanks this month to tree volunteers Bob Lugo and the Devereux crews, UCSB Circle K Club, UCSB Project leaders Kelly Meehan, Tanya Novak, Heather Moine, Matt Moore, and a whole lot of great volunteers.

-Neighborhood Cleanups  - On February 12, Judy Nason and her Cambridge Drive Community Church volunteers cleaned Los Carneros from Hollister to K-Mart, Patterson from Calle Real to Cathedral Oaks, Cathedral Oaks from Santa Marguerita to Los Carneros, and Los Carneros to the freeway overpass, collecting 5 trash bags of litter with 7 volunteer service hours.  We^ll report on the 2/26 activity next month. Thanks also to our supporters at Gold^s Gym for helping dispose of all the collected trash.   Judy and her group do projects on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month.  GVB will sponsor cleanups with your neighborhood groups at your request, just call 252-1952 

- Basic Tree Care Workshop -
The evaluations from some of the 85 attendees indicated the workshop was very successful.  The purpose of the workshop was to provide an opportunity for members of the general public to learn the basics of urban forestry in a no risk situation.   We anticipate this general introduction will result in attendees seeking new and continuing relationships with local and regional nonprofit and municipal urban forestry organizations. 

This Workshop was made possible through the combined efforts of a number of individuals and organizations.  California ReLeaf provided a Network Exchange Stipend, the Goleta Union School District provided the meeting facilities, the California Urban Forests Council provided many outstanding speakers, and the Goleta Valley Beautiful Board of Directors spent many hours in preparing food and handouts for attendees.  All of the these volunteers and others made it possible to offer this event without charge. 
  Many of the speakers have provided their presentations on disc so that we can recreate this workshop in other locations.  Santa Maria, Lompoc and San Luis Obispo have expressed a desire to have this workshop at their locations.  If volunteers at their location can provide facilities and a small group of volunteers for organizing, we can begin discussing dates.

Team Depot Day at the Devereux Greenhouse 
  We had 23 volunteers at the 2/26/05 improvements to the Devereux Greenhouse and growing grounds sponsored by Home Depot.  Team Depot volunteers from several area Home Depot stores worked all day Saturday February 26 to help make the following improvements; replacing wooden slats on the growing tables, constructing squirrel-proof growing containers, repairing holes in the fiberglass structure, removing overgrown vegetation, fixing plumbing leaks and extending irrigation lines to the growing grounds.  Outside the Greenhouse, a fence was installed around the growing grounds, accumulated soil was relocated to fill low spots in the dirt access road, and drip irrigation lines were extended to 500 15 gallon containers.  The containers are being used for transplanting native trees being grown in the greenhouse by Devereux clients, supported by a grant from the Home Depot Foundation.

    Thanks to Goleta Home Depot Store Manager Mike Klingsporn for sponsoring and participating in the event, along with staff members Pete Maloney and Carmen Nevarez.  Home Depot provided the materials used, Devereux Foundation Volunteer Coordinator Michael Shea participated and organized Devereux staff to provide snacks and lunch, and Growing Solutions Restoration Institute staff Don Hartley and Dave Mazurklewicz set up the drip irrigation system.  Thanks also to UCSB Circle K volunteers Michelle Sullivan and her crew, and to the ever-present UCSB Intern Kelly Meehan.
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5. Water Kings and Queens. - Please check that mulch at the base of the tree is not touching the bark of the trunk.  It may have floated there during recent rains.  also check for erosion of soil and replace around roots but not above the root crown.  Please report any insect, disease or damage problems to GVB at 252-1952.   

6. Welcome new/renewing donor members -
R designates renewing member, + designates exceeding minimum contribution for that category  
    Donor - Richard Souther-R, Kevin Young-R, Daniel Henderson-R, 
     Supporting -  Kevin Walsh-R, Linda Lucas-R, Harry Hagen-R, Caroline Robillard, Richard Graham-R, Elizabeth Smith-R, Mignon Bradley-R, Tammy Dobrotin-R, Brian Larinan-R, Jera Janzen-R, Robert Muhr-R, Howard Cleek-R, Verle McDougall-R  Family - David C. Fainer, David Oliver-R, Jim and Magritte Downing-R+, Richard and Judy Jenkins-R, Daryll and Linda Perlin-R, Chris Elstner, Robert Simon and Coleen Kegg-R, Coleen and Len Van Nostrand-R,  
          Special Thanks to Our Returning Business Sponsors - Tom Patton Ramada Limited-R, Ross Harris-R,
           Honor Tree Members - RJ Parker-R, Joan Hanna-R, Tomasita Miller, Melvin Vogel, Beverly Sudman 

Thanks for discounts/donations/reduced prices and services from Lori Roper, Goleta Union School District, Pacifica Suites, Camino Real Marketplace, CopyRight, Western Farm Service, San Marcos Growers, Marborg Industries, Kitson Landscape Management, Growing Solutions Restoration Institute, and West Covina Nurseries.

7. Business Sponsor of the Month-

Ross Harris, Coldwell Banker Realtor
Ross Harris of Coldwell Banker Santa Barbara, tirelessly follows through to insure that every facet of his client^s interest is cared for with an expert blend of focus,commitment and resolve.
Whether he is promoting his newer home listings or skillfully negotiating the best price possible for his clients, Ross Harris has a proven track record of success!
Ross is dedicated to his profession,serving as a director of Santa Barbara Association of Realtors and was named a member of the International President Elite for his 2004 sales performance.
Ross can be reached at 805-886-2264 or RossHarris@ColdwellBanker.com

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