Goleta Valley Beautiful E-Mail News - September 2008

September 20th Dos Pueblos High Day of Caring Opens the 2008-09 GVB Tree Planting Season. Come join us!

    GVB Volunteer Opportunities - RSVP 685-7910 or 252-1952 day of event. Community service credits for school, church, scouting and all legal community service requirements available. All tools, refreshments and expert training provided. All ages and groups welcome, with no experience necessary except as noted below. Smaller children should have family members present for supervision. Look for the one-ton white box GVB truck at the site. Restroom not always conveniently available. For additional information, opportunities and current updates, visit the GVB Volunteer Calendar
  1. Sat. Sept 6 9 am to Noon -Devereux Greenhouse/Growing Grounds tree nursery care . Meet at 6980 Falberg Drive at the Devereux campus. Care of trees and irrigations systems servicing 2000 trees under production. Call for directions, prior RSVP required 685-7910.
  2. Sat. Sept 6 1 pm to 4 pm - Site preparation for Sept 20 Day of Caring. Meet at Dos Pueblos High Student parking lot, corner of Alameda and Cathedral Oaks Road.
  3. Sat. Sept 13, 7 am to 1 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. Difficult terrain, for experienced volunteers only. Prior RSVP required 685-7910
  4. Sat. Sept 13, 1 pm to 4 pm - Maintenance of County Street Trees. Meet at corner of Los Carneros Way and Calle Kozal, off Los Carneros Road at the entrance to the Willow Springs subdivision. Mulching, stake/tie repair/removal, weeding and general tree care of street and park trees in the unincorporated area of Goleta Valley.
  5. Sat. Sept 20 9 am to 1 pm - Annual United Way Day of Caring Meet at the faculty parking lot at Dos Pueblos High, 7266 Alameda Drive, Goleta 93117 Tree planting, mulching irrigation, weeding and landscape care.
  6. Sat. Sept 20 1 pm to 4 pm - School Tree Care Maintenance - Meet at the faculty parking lot at Dos Pueblos High, 7266 Alameda Drive, Goleta 93117 Tree mulching irrigation, weeding and landscape care at Goleta schools.
  7. Sat. Sept. 27th 9 am - noon - Park Tree Care - Meet at Isla Vista School Parking Lot, 6875 El Collegio Rd. Isla Vista 93117 Tree care at various parks around the Goleta Valley. Must have own transportation to other sites.
  8. Sat. Sept. 27th 1 pm - 4 pm - School Tree Care - Meet at Dos Pueblos High Student parking lot, corner of Alameda and Cathedral Oaks Road. Tree care at various school around the Goleta Valley. Must have own transportation to other sites.
  9. Sat. Oct. 4th 9 am to Noon Tree planting. San Marcos High, 4650 Hollister Ave.. Meet at the Turnpike student lot. New and replacement tree planting within the campus
  10. Sat. Oct. 4th 1 pm to 4 pm - Street Tree Planting Care - Meet at Isla Vista School Parking Lot, 6875 El Collegio Rd. Isla Vista 93117 Street Tree planting at various sites parks around the City of Goleta. All trees planted in parkways next to sidewalks. No volunteers will be in medians or in travel lanes. Must have own transportation to other sites
  11. Devereux Greenhouse/Growing Grounds tree nursery care - Every Fri. 9 to noon and by appointment - Call 685-7910
  12. Litter pickup 2nd and 4th Sat. - Call Don and Judy Nason 964-4895
  13. Graffiti removal and reporting - Call Ed Graper 964-7117, edgraper@yahoo.com
  14. Monthly Goleta Valley Beautiful award nominations - Call Bonnie Freeman 683-1878 or Phebe Mansur 685-2277
  15. Additional GVB ongoing indoor/outdoor volunteer community service activities, call 685-7910

Liberty Elm Tree Installed

Eagle Scout candidate Sam Verhasselt organized the installation of a Liberty Elm Tree as part of a Labor Day projects at the Goleta Union School District. The project included the first planting of the disease resistant American Elm in this area, along with a bench and commemorative plaque. The tree and plaque were provided by the Elm Research Institute of Keene, New Hampshire. They are interested in promoting elm tree restoration nationwide, as well as providing a living legacy of the 1775 Liberty Elm used as a rallying point for the Sons of Liberty. Sam organized a crew of twenty adults and scouts from Troop 105 as part of his Eagle Scout project to install the tree, irrigation, bench, plaque, and protective stones in mulch surrounding the site.. The noon ceremonies commemorating the installation were attended by Goleta Mayor Michael T. Bennett and Goleta Union School District Superintendent Kathleen Boomer. The Native Daughters of the Golden West Reina Del Mar Parlor 129 provided refreshments for the volunteers.

Want Ads - Paid Part-time Internships Available, Paid Part-time Data Entry Position Open, and Volunteer Board/Committee Positions Open

<> Five 5-hour per week internships available for currently active UCSB students only to work at the Devereux Greenhouse. Learn all aspects of native tree seed collection, propagation, and tree nursery operations. Flexible hours from September 29th through December 5th. $250 per term stipend funded through the UCSB Coastal Fund. Apply with resume and class schedule via e-mail to kennethknight@cox.net. Positions open now until filled.
<> Three 5-hour per week research internships open for any interested applicant to assist in the preparation of the Urban Forest Management Plan for the City of Goleta. Applicant will work with the Executive Director and Project Manager to assist in public outreach efforts and preparation of reference and materials for public review. Flexible hours from September 29th through December 5th. $250 per term stipend funded through the State of California Department of Forestry and fire Protection. Apply with resume via e-mail to kennethknight@cox.net . Positions open now until filled.
<> A part time Data Entry position is open until filled. $15/hour for average 8 hours per week. Flexible hours. Experience in Microsoft Office products required. Training will be provided for working with GVB's data base product Total Info. Send resume to kennethknight@cox.net
<> Two openings on the Goleta Valley Beautiful Board of Directors. The Board is seeking an environmentally conscious people to be part of the 15 member GVB Board that meets the first Friday of the month for one hour between 7 and 8 am. Preparation for each meeting may require 2-3 hours. Participation is also expected at one committee meeting a month and 4 to 6 special events throughout the year. The position is selected by the current Board of Directors. Preference is given to a student from San Marcos High, and a person with fundraising/development experience, although all interested persons are encouraged to apply Call 685-7910 for more information.
<> The Awards/Special Events Committee has multiple openings. Committee members research and evaluate candidates for monthly and annual GVB awards, and prepare for annual special events. Preference given for people with a background in landscape design and sustainable development, although all interested people are encouraged to apply. Time commitment varies and can be one-time or ongoing. Call 685-7910 for details.
<> Science Night Presenters need volunteers to assist at each of the Science Nights at local Elementary Schools, including Kellogg Elementary October 25, El Camino February 24, Ellwood February 26, and several others yet to be scheduled. We'll train you on the tree-related math and science presentations we make. Call 685-7910 for more information.
<> Wish List - Individually packaged snacks (nothing that can melt) and water for volunteers. Thanks to Helen McPherrin for the last donation of snacks.
<> Photos/Stories of your favorite tree in the Goleta Valley - 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.


Water Kings and Queens Needed to Adopt FREE street trees in Goleta through a California ReLeaf Tree Planting Grant

We're still taking orders 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. For those of you who have already responded, we'll be back in touch in September to schedule a date for planting.

City of Goleta To Initiate Advisory Committee in Developing their Urban Forest Management Plan

The City of Goleta has been awarded a grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to develop an Urban Forest management Plan for the City of Goleta. GVB was instrumental in assisting the city to successfully apply for the grant. The City is contracting with Native Communities Development Corporation and Goleta Valley Beautiful to assist in the developing technical information and public outreach during preparation of the plan, which is scheduled to be completed by March 2010. To insure a broad diversity of views are included in the development of the plan, an Advisory Committee to City Staff is being created, and public workshops will be held in October 8th, November 12th and December 10th at Goleta City Hall. A State of the Goleta Urban Forest Report is being prepared to identify current resources and costs and benefits of the existing urban forest. For more information about the Goleta Urban Forest Management Plan Process, contact City Parks and Open Space Manager/City Arborist Bill Millar at 961-7575, or GVB Project Manager Mark Broomfield at 685-7910.

CalFire's Forest Pest Specialist to Speak at September 26th Central Coast Urban Forest Council Meeting in Goleta

The Central Coast Region of the California Urban Forest Council(CaUFC) will hold a meeting from Noon to 1:30 pm Friday September 26th. CaUFC works with all sectors of the urban and community forest movement to preserve and improve the urban environment by advocating for a holistic, ecosystem approach to the practice of urban forestry.The location of the meeting is at the Goleta City Council Chambers at 130 Cremona Drive Suite B in Goleta. CalFire's Southern California Pest Specialist Kim Camilli will be talking about diagnosing tree diseases in general and then will be going into specific tree problems (insect & pathogen) that are affecting trees in the Central Coast area. She will talk about the biology, epidemiology and control for each tree problem. Certified Arborists can receive one CEU for attending this meeting, which is open to the public. Lunch will be provided to those who reserve in advance at a cost of $7. Please RSVP by calling 685-7910.

Upgrades to the Greenhouse and GVB Truck While Gearing Up for the 2008-09 Planting Season

We've been busy upgrading the capacity of our truck to handle larger scale volunteer efforts. Events with 40 to 50 volunteers is becoming much more common, so we've upgraded the capacity of our truck to handle more volunteers with the help of grants from California ReLeaf. It's been 5 years since the lat upgrade, so we were due. In addition to our Coastal Fund interns, volunteers from San Marcos, DP, Rotaract-, SB County Probation Department and other community volunteers have helped our Devereux Growing Grounds expand to 2000 trees, which need several years to grow before we can plant them. We'll need about 500 trees this year to plant at upcoming projects at UCSB, Isla Vista, City of Goleta, Dos Pueblos High, San Marcos High and in riparian corridors around the Goleta Valley. Our grant program at Dos Pueblos and San Marcos was not funded for this year, although we will still make an effort to continue planting at these schools with community support in the form of volunteers and donations.

Additional August GVB News

<> The GVB/Cambridge Church litter collection crew collected another 18.5 bags of trash with 29 volunteer hours to push their 2008 collection total to 115 bags of trash using 204.5 volunteer hours. To assist, call Don or Judy Nason at 984-4895. Thanks to Bob Morgenstern and the City of Goleta Community Services Department for supplying our trash pick up crews with trash bags and grabber sticks.. <> Our events are 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, two California ReLeaf Urban Forestry Grants, 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, a 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. We thank you all.