Goleta Valley Beautiful E-Mail News -December 2007



Thanks to all who have renewed their GVB donor membership for 2008. If you misplaced your renewal letter, you can find a copy on our website or call 685-7910. GVB Volunteer Opportunities-
    Vist Volunteer Calendar at on this website or call 685-7910
  1. Fri. Nov 30, 2 to 5 pm - Plant 19 trees for a resotration project along Mesa Rd in Isla Vista. Meet by Central Stores on Mesa Road
  2. Sat. Dec 1, 9 am to Noon - Plant 8+ trees at San Marcos High School. Meet in the student parking lot on Turnpike Avenue at the traffic signal.
  3. Sat. Dec 8 , 9 am to noon - Tree care at Dos Pueblos High. Meet by the Distinguished School sign
  4. Devereux Greenhouse/Growing Grounds tree nursery care - Every Mon. and Fri. mornings and by appointment - Call 685-7910
  5. Litter pickup 2nd and 4th Sat. - Call Don and Judy Nason 964-4895
  6. Graffiti removal and reporting - Call Ed Graper 964-7117, edgraper@yahoo.com
  7. Monthly Goleta Valley Beautiful award nominations - Call Bonnie Freeman 683-1878 or Phebe Mansur 685-2277
  8. Additional GVB ongoing indoor/outdoor volunteer community service activities, call 685-7910


December events -Tree Plantings at IV, San Marcos, DP and an Interchange planting
In addition to the volunteer events listed above, Goleta Valley Beautiful is in the process of completing permits to plant 140 trees at the Los Carneros Interchange offramp as part of an Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Project. Although this will not be a volunteer project (we^re contractinbg with the Califgornia Conservation Corps) there are some transportation of materials that we could used some help with. Please call us at 685-7910 for more information. this project will complement a long -planned City landscaping project for the remainder of the Los Carneros Interchange.

November GVB volunteers plant 67 trees and counting
Thanks to Mark Broomfield and the 14 volunteers who contributed 44 service hours at the Devereux Greenhouse this past Saturday, November 3rd. Among the accomplishments were the repotting of approximately 75 one gallon redwood trees into five gallon pots. These redwoods will be planted at Stow Grove Park during Arbor Week, March 7, 2008. Thanks to the Engineers Without Borders, Environmental Affairs Board, Communication Associates, Circle K and other UCSB volunteers for helping to take care of these newly growing trees.

Goleta Valley Beautiful thanks the 63 volunteers who planted 35 trees on Saturday, November 10th on the grounds of Hollister Elementary School, 4950 Anita Lane in Goleta Valley. The volunteers contributed 196 service hours and represented eight community groups including Hollister Elementary students and parents, Goleta Teen of the Year candidates, Rotoract, Santa Barbara City College Small Communications Class, UCSB Gamma Phi Beta, Pi Beta Phi, Circle K and the American Red Cross Club.

    This community-financed project was made possible by support from the following agencies:
  1. Goleta Union School District - Ongoing maintenance
  2. Hollister Elementary, Ryan Sparre Principal - Volunteer Coordinator
  3. Hollister Elementary PTA - Water and snacks for volunteers
  4. California Department of Fire and Forestry - Green Trees for the Golden State Grant
  5. San Marcos Growers - Monkeyhand Tree Donation
  6. West Covina Nursery - Discount on trees
  7. Devereux - Greenhouse support
  8. SB Foundation - Volunteer Coordinator Grant
  9. California Releaf - Maintenance Grant
  10. And the generous support of hundreds of Goleta Valley Beautiful Donor Members


Goleta Valley Beautiful thanks the 60 volunteers who planted 21 Coast Live Oak trees along UCSB^s Mesa Road on Friday afternoon, November 16th. The volunteers contributed 163 service hours and represented 12 community groups, including the UCSB Wellness Project led by Mark Shisham, Kappa Alpha Theta, Environmental Affairs Board, Alpha Phi, Alpha Kappa Delta Phi, Delta Delta Delta, Alpha Delta Chi, SBCC Small Communications Class, UCSB Restoration, UCSB Honors Program, CAB and general UCSB support. Goleta Valley Beautiful volunteers will complete the Mesa Road project with the planting of 19 more trees on Friday afternoon, November 30th from 2-5 pm.
Thanks to Lisa Stratton, PHD of the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration and her staff for the financial and technical support in implementing this project.
    Additional support was provided by:
  1. Devereux - Greenhouse support
  2. Coastal Fund (formerly Shoreline Preservation Fund) - for native tree growing support
  3. Santa Barbara Foundation - Volunteer Coordinator
  4. California Releaf - Pruning maintenance grant
  5. And the generous support of hundreds of Goleta Valley Beautiful Donor Members


Goleta Valley Beautiful thanks the 95 volunteers who planted 11 trees next to the Elings Aquatic Center on the Dos Pueblos High School campus on Saturday morning, November 17th. The volunteers contributed 202 service hours and represented 10 community groups, including Dos Pueblos High students and families, The Beautify Dos Pueblos Committee, UCSB Hong Kong Student Committee, La Escuelita, Chi Delta Theta, Environmental Affairs Board, Kappa Sigma, SBCC Communications Group, Goleta Valley Beautiful members and community volunteers.
In addition to planting the 6 species of trees (Island Oak, Big Leaf Maple, California Sycamore, Valley Oak, California Buckeye, Silk Floss Tree), the volunteers moved 51 cubic yards of mulch around the new trees and at the entrance to the new Performing Arts Facility along Alameda Drive.
    Additional support was provided by:
  1. Santa Barbara School District - Ongoing maintenance
  2. Beautify Dos Pueblos - Water and snacks for volunteers
  3. Devereux - Greenhouse support
  4. Coastal Fund (formerly Shoreline Preservation Fund) - for native tree growing support
  5. Santa Barbara Foundation - Volunteer Coordinator
  6. California Releaf - Pruning maintenance grant
  7. And the generous support of hundreds of Goleta Valley Beautiful Donor Members


Water Kings and Queens
If we get 1/2 inch or more of rain, we^re hoping to pick up Treegators by the end of December (sound familiar?) In the meantime, please keep watering.
Citizen Pruner Program - coming in January!
Volunteer news
Mark Broomfield is picking up the slack that occured when our contract with Work Training Programs ended. He^ll soon be joined by snowbird Dan Condon, who^s back from the frozen north for a few months.
The Nasons led trash crew spent 16 hours collecting 14 bags of trash on 4 different days in November. .
Devereux clients, interns and volunteers Stacia Young and Jack Reifert are finishing our fall acorn plantings of over 1000 different local varieties. Now to keep the squirrels away. .
New GVB UCSB Board member Lincoln Rideout joins the Board in December, to be followed soon with Jill Tiegs and Maia Raznik. .
At the urging of the State Forester, the city of Goleta is preparing an application for a Tree City USA Award hopefully to be heard a the the last Council meeting of the year on December 17th. .
    WISH LIST
  1. 40 Railroad ties
  2. Tool box w/tools
  3. 2 sturdy lightweight portable tables
  4. drinks/snacks/water
  5. 10 hand pruners.
  6. We use/recycle 15 gallon tree containers
  7. 8^ tree stakes and tree ties.


December 2007 GVB Award
The December award goes to Jeff and Nancy Watson of 284 Vereda Leyenda in the Rancho Embarcadero area of Goleta. When AIA Architect Murray Duncan topped off their remodel with a beautiful portico, the Watsons’ stage was set to add a landscape. A natural design from Landscape Architect Robert Andrew Fowler allowed the Watsons’ to take on the contracting. Jeff did much of the stonework and plant installation, all the while checking with Nancy. Water conservation was a main concern so they limited a grassy area and installed wide borders of flowering white, yellow and blue plants. Birch trees, a Jacaranda and flowering Magnolia dot the garden. A path of ‘Aztec Gold’ stone, and a wall of Santa Barbara sandstone presents a welcoming setting against the nearby hills.
You can nominate your favorite Goleta Valley Residential property by downloading a nomination form from this website. You can also contact Goleta Valley Beautiful at 685-7910. You do not need to be a member to nominate.

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