Goleta Valley Beautiful E-Mail News -October 2007

October Is NeighborWoods Celebration Month
    -See Calendar for Events GVB Volunteer Opportunities- Call 685-7910
  1. Sat. Oct 6, 9 am to Noon - Plant 26 trees at Mountain View Elementary, 5465 Queen Ann Lane. Call 252-1952 day of event
  2. Sat. Oct 13, 9 am to Noon - Mulching/grounds care at Dos Pueblos High, Meet at corner of Alameda & Cathedral Oaks Rd
  3. Sat. Oct 20, 9 am to noon - Plant 20 trees at San Marcos High School. Meet at Stadium Rd entrance off Turnpike Rd
  4. Sat. Oct. 27, 9 am to noon - Plant 20 trees, mulching, & pruning at Dos Pueblos High entrance to softball fields off Cathedral Oaks Road about 100 feet west of Glen Annie Road. Lunch provided at noon. Note change from Girsh Park location
  5. Devereux Greenhouse/Growing Grounds tree nursery care - Every Mon. and Fri. mornings - Call 685-7910
  6. Litter pickup 2nd and 4th Sat. - Call Don and Judy Nason 964-4895
  7. Graffiti removal and reporting - Call Ed Graper 964-7117, edgraper@yahoo.com
  8. Monthly Goleta Valley Beautiful award nominations - Call Bonnie Freeman 683-1878 or Phebe Mansur 685-2277
  9. Additional GVB ongoing indoor/outdoor volunteer community service activities, call 685-7910

Annual NeighborWoods/Make A Difference Day Tree Planting Events in October

October is Neighborwoods Month, a national campaign of the Alliance for Community Trees(ACT) to promote urban forestry regreening, educational and training efforts. Goleta Valley Beautiful will be hosting several NeighborWoods events at Mountain View Elementary, San Marcos High and Dos Pueblos High.

Our final October celebration will be on Saturday the 27th. The location has been changed from Girsh Park to Dos Pueblos High softball field entrance off Cathedral Oaks Road about 100 yards west of Glen Annie Rd. In addition to planting twenty trees, we^ll be moving a small mountain of mulch, pruning young trees , installing irrigation lines and cleaning out stubborn weeds. Lunch will be available at noon.

Tree planting season begins with 74 trees planted.

GVB^s fall tree planting program started with 74 trees planted,including 46 at Dos Pueblos, 20 at San Marcos and 2 replacement trees each at Ellwood,, Kellogg, GUSD District offices and San Marcos. Thanks to the approximately 200 volunteers at the September 15th, 2007 Day of Caring Project at Dos Pueblos High School. The volunteers planted 46 trees, spread 175 cubic yards of mulch, and weeded 2 quad lawns. In addition to Dos Pueblos High School students and families affiliated with Beautify Dos Pueblos, volunteer groups represented included Westmont College,the Towbes Group, the City of Goleta, Real Santa Barbara Soccer Club, AGIA Insurance, the Native Daughters of the Golden West, and Goleta Valley Beautiful.

The 9/15 event would not have been possible without the support of Santa Barbara County United Way for the Day of Caring Coordination, the Santa Barbara County Solid Waste Public Works Division for mulch deliveries that took an entire day, to Marborg Industries for the donation of a roll off dumpster, to the California Department of Forestry Green Trees for the Golden State Grant for the trees, to the Shoreline Preservation Fund and the Devereux Foundation for support in growing most the trees and to West Covina Nursery for the remainder, to the Santa Barbara Foundation for volunteer training assistance, to the Santa Barbara School District, and to all those who gave their time and money to Beautify Dos Pueblos and Goleta Valley Beautiful so that we can make our schools a better place to live and learn.

And thanks to the 23 volunteers who contributed 68 service hours to plant 20 trees at San Marcos High School on Saturday 9/22. The 14 Coast Live Oaks and 6 Catalina Ironwood trees were planted along the stadium access road above parking lot A off turnpike Road. The oaks were grown from local seed collected in the Ellwood area, and grown at the Goleta Valley Beautiful growing ground in Isla Vista, while the Ironwood trees were raised from smaller trees provided by West Covina Nursery. Jaime with the San Marcos Grounds Crew and his assistant helped install the drip irrigation system to each of the 20 trees.

The 9/22 project was supported through grants from the California Department of Fire and forestry, the Santa Barbara Foundation, the Shoreline Preservation Fund, and with support from Devereux Santa Barbara. Drinks and snacks were generously provided by the San Marcos PTA, with additional support from the Mason family.

And on 9/29, 32 members of UCSB^s Hermanas Unidas contributed 96 community service hours to improvements to the Devereux Greenhouse Ground Grounds, including constructing 200 feet of retaining walls, mixing soil, filling and moving pots, weeding and sweeping the grounds, mowing the lawns and installing house numbers on the 16 rows of trees.

GVB Wanted -- Interns/Heritage Seeds/Wish List

INTERNS WANTED -We have an opening for a Fall internship at the Devereux Greenhouse, as summer intern Eric Sander is leaving us. These internships involve an average 4 hour per week work requirement working with Executive Director Ken Knight. The position includes a $250 stipend made possible by the UCSB Shoreline Preservation Fund. Send background information to kennethknight@cox.net, along with a short explanation of why you would be interested in the position. The position will be filled when a suitable candidate is found. Interns Nathan, Joey and Ryan are continuing their summer work into the Fall.
HERITAGE TREE SEEDS WANTED - If you have access to a seed producing native Heritage tree (one that was here before European settlers brought into nonnative trees that hybridized with our natives), please give us a call at 6895-7910 so that we can come evaluate your seeds. We^re looking for Coast Live Oak, Island Oaks, Walnut, Alder and California Buckeye seeds, among others.
  1. 40 Railroad ties
  2. Tool box w/tools
  3. 2 sturdy lightweight portable tables
  4. drinks/snacks/water
  5. 20 hand pruners and 20 folding hand saws.
  6. We use/recycle 15 gallon tree containers, 8^ tree stakes and tree ties

Water Kings and Queens-Another month of watering!

Despite the short rain in mid-September, the ground is still dry and your watering and caring for young trees should continue, although with the cooler weather, we can drop back to watering once every other week. We hope to remove Treegators back to storage sometime around the beginning of November.

More tree diversity plantings, September maintenance projects and other kudos

    ^Trees of Santa Barbara" Co-author Robert Muller helped supervise the installation of eight additional Forest She-Oaks (Allocasaurina torulosa) at the Goleta Union School District Headquarters, Ellwood and Kellogg Elementary, and San Marcos High Schools. These plantings are part of the Tree Diversity Program that we are working on with Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
  1. Christine Hartsock pictured here is continuing to help bring order out of the mountain of GVB paperwork
  2. Martha, Gus,and Trish could use assistance in keeping the Hollister Ave corridor between Evonshire and Girl^s Inc watered and weeded each week.
  3. Work Training Program crews are shifting to providing support for our Saturday planting projects. It takes a five person crew an entire morning to deliver trees and supplies to our worksites.
  4. Devereux clients, interns and Evergreen volunteer Stacia Young finished staking last year^s tree crop and will now turn attention to preparing for our fall planting.
  5. GVB Board member Treva Yang provided testimony to the Goleta City council on the need for incorporating more technical information on the state of Goleta^s urban forest in preparation for future policy decisions.