Goleta Valley Beautiful E-Mail News - August 2008 First Liberty Elm Tree Planting in this area Labor Day noon at the GUSD District offices. See story below GVB Volunteer Opportunities- RSVP 685-7910 or 252-1952 day of event. Also visit the Volunteer Calendar at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org Sat. Aug 2, 9, 16, 23 9 am to Noon -Devereux Greenhouse/Growing Grounds tree nursery care . Meet at 6980 Falberg Drive at the Devereux campus. All tools, refreshments and expert training provided. Call for directions, prior RSVP required 685-7910. Fri. Aug 15, 7 am to 2 pm - Irrigation of trees at Los Carneros. Meet at corner of Los Carneros Way and Calle Kozal, off Los Carneros Road at the entrance to the Willow Springs subdivision. Prior RSVP required 685-7910 Sat August 30, Labor Day weekend-No Project Mon. September 1, 8 am to Noon - Liberty Elm Tree Installation. Goleta Union School District parking lot, 401 N. Fairview Ave. Eagle Scout project, volunteers welcome. All tools, refreshments provided. Plaque Dedication Ceremony at noon following installation of tree and bench. RSVP 685-7910. Devereux Greenhouse/Growing Grounds tree nursery care - Every Fri. 9 to noon and by appointment - Call 685-7910 Litter pickup 2nd and 4th Sat. - Call Don and Judy Nason 964-4895 Graffiti removal and reporting - Call Ed Graper 964-7117, edgraper@yahoo.com Monthly Goleta Valley Beautiful award nominations - Call Bonnie Freeman 683-1878 or Phebe Mansur 685-2277 Additional GVB ongoing indoor/outdoor volunteer community service activities, call 685-7910 August 2008 GVB Residential Award - 6282 Covington Way, Goleta 93117 August winners, Walter and Nancy Orso of 6282 Covington Way, Goleta, took a landscape class from Billy Goodnick at SBCC Adult Ed., and ended up hiring him to do a design layout. Once a theme of pink and purple with silver highlights was settled upon, along with sustainable concepts, subcontractors were brought in. Systems Paving installed the beautiful driveway/walkway, Raul Ortiz of Bella Vista Landscapes did the plantings and Dan Lovelace was General Contractor. The annual display of Snow in Summer is a show-stopper, and the flowering Catmint, Breath of heaven (Coleonema) and two Cercis Canadensis (Eastern Redbud) are some of the complementary plants. A side vegetable garden, flowering arbor, and pot-as-art add a surprise element and delight to the senses. You can nominate your favorite Goleta Valley Residential property by downloading a nomination form from the website at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org. You can also contact Goleta Valley Beautiful at 685-7910. Liberty Elm Tree Project Eagle Scout candidate Sam Verhasselt is preparing a Liberty Tree Memorial project for Labor Day at the Goleta Union School district. The project includes the first planting of the disease resistant American Elm in this area, along with a bench and commemorative plaque. The plaque is provided by the Elm Research Institute of Keene, New Hampshire. They are interested in promoting elm tree restoration nationwide, as well as providing living legacy of the 1775 Liberty used as a rallying point for the Sons of Liberty. Volunteers and sponsors wishing to participate in this project are encouraged to contact Sam at 689-7009. The tree planting is scheduled for Labor Day 8am to Noon at the Goleta Union School District parking lot, 401 N. Fairview Ave, with dedication ceremonies at noon. Water Kings and Queens Needed to Adopt FREE street trees in Goleta through a California ReLeaf Tree Planting Grant We're looking for volunteers within the City of Goleta that are willing to water and weed a tree in a parkway (between the curb and the sidewalk) next to your house for the next two summers. In return, GVB volunteers will install a FREE street tree, along with rootshields (if needed). Specific tree species and locations are subject to City selection criteria. The time to act is now as GVB has secured a grant for only a limited number of trees. To sign up as Water King or Queen, call 685-7910. City of Goleta Initiating urban Forest Management Plan with the help of GVB and interested citizens With the help of an $80,000 Proposition 40 grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the city of Goleta has initiated a two year program to prepare an Urban Forest Management Plan for the City of Goleta. GVB's newest staff member Mark Broomfield will be heading the project, with GVB Executive Director Ken Knight serving as an unpaid technical consultant. The purpose of the project is to initiate an Urban Forest Management Plan as called for in the city's General Land Use Plan. In the near future, the city will be requesting volunteers from the public to serve on advisory committees to review work on a State of the Urban Forest and the Guiding Principles that will expand upon the vision and goals for the future Goleta urban forest. A portion of the research for developing the Goleta urban forest database will come from satellite imagery provided by the Native Communities Development Corporation. Their recently approved contract with the City of Goleta will allow additional map layers and data to be added to the Goleta Geographic Information System to include tree canopy cover, grass, impervious surfaces, water, bare soil and irrigated turf. A State of the Goleta Urban Forest resource assessment currently underway will also include information developed from the recently completed research report from Executive Director Ken Knight entitled "Planning and Financing Future Urban Forests". This research report, available to download at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org/ , includes a the City of Goleta as a case studying for a method to secure long term funding for the care of urban forests. The research report was supported by the USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Program on the recommendation of the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council. Interns Eirin Bareis, CJ Cintas, and Leah Schulman are already hard at work on developing the State of the Urban Forest Report that will be ready for public review in the fall of 2008. My Favorite Tree - Tell us about your favorite Goleta Valley tree. It doesn't have to be the biggest, oldest or most unusual, but every tree has a story. Send us your story of your favorite Goleta Valley tree to KennethKnight@cox.net or mail it to PO Box 6756, Goleta, 93160-6756. Interns help GVB get through the hot days of summer Much of our summer activity is at our Greenhouse where interns Maxx Echt, Elyse Bekins, Jessica Sprigg and Josh Kruger have been diligently repotting last years saplings into 15 gallon containers, as well as caring for the approximately 2000 trees at our Devereux nursery. Internships are made possible through a grant from the UCSB Coastal Fund. Additional July GVB news Much of our volunteer effort outside the Greenhouse was spent in watering trees at the Los Carneros, experimenting with Ooze tubes for long term watering, and fixing irrigation systems at Isla Vista School. These events were made possible by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, UCSB Coastal Fund, Santa Barbara County Resource Recovery and Waste Management Division, Devereux Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Foundation, a California ReLeaf Urban Forestry Grant, San Marcos High PTA, the Santa Barbara High School District, Beautify Dos Pueblos, Neighborhood Defense League of California, Santa Barbara Beautiful, the Goleta Union School District, the City of Goleta, the Goleta Union School District, the Isla Vista Recreation and Park District, 1000 gallon water trailer provided by Kitson Landscape management and the generous support of hundreds of GVB donor members that make the time to help us establish our trees. The GVB/Cambridge Church litter collection crew collected another 10.5 bags of trash with 16 volunteer hours to push their 2008 collection total to 95.5 bags of trash using 173 volunteer hours. To assist, call don or Judy Nason at 984-4895.<> New GVB Board Member John Ingram joined the Board in June. We'll have additional information about him in future newsletters.<> GVB Executive Director Ken Knight earned a new professional certification last week from the International Society of Arboriculture. In addition to being a Certified Arborist, Ken passed the test to be designated as a Certified Municipal Specialist.