Goleta Valley Beautiful E-Mail News-October 2008

October is NeighborWoods Month. Invest in your urban forest.

    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. 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
  2. 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
  3. Sat. Oct 11th 9 am to Noon - Dos Pueblos High School tree planting 7266 Alameda. Enter at dirt parking lot by the softball fields on the Cathedral Oaks side.
  4. Sat. Oct 11th 1 to 4 pm - Creek Week tree planting along San Jose Creek. Meet at end of Berkeley on the west side of San Jose Creek.
  5. Sat. Oct. 18th 8 am to noon, and 1 pm to 4 pm – Replacement tree planting and 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
  6. Sat Oct 25 9 to noon City of Goleta street tree planting. Meet at IV School parking lot, 6875 El Collegio Rd.
  7. Sat. Oct. 25th 1 pm to 5 pm - 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. Fri. Oct. 31st 2 pm to 5 pm – Restoration tree planting along Mesa Rd - Meet at the UCSB Facilities Bldg on Mesa Rd Yes, we know its Halloween afternoon. Plant a tree before you put on your costume and go out trick or treating.
  9. Sat. Nov 1st 9 am to noon – Restoration tree planting along Mesa Rd - Meet at the UCSB Facilities Bldg on Mesa Rd
  10. Sat. Nov 1st 9 am to noon – Restoration tree planting along Mesa Rd - Meet at the UCSB Facilities Bldg on Mesa Rd
  11. Sat. Nov 1st 1 pm to 4 pm - Tree planting. San Marcos High, 4650 Hollister Ave. Meet at the Turnpike student lot. New and replacement tree planting within the campus
  12. Devereux Greenhouse/Growing Grounds tree nursery care - Every Tuesday and Fri. 9 to noon and by appointment - Call 685-7910
  13. Litter pickup 2nd and 4th Sat. - Call Don and Judy Nason 964-4895
  14. Graffiti removal and reporting - Call Ed Graper 964-7117, edgraper@yahoo.com
  15. Monthly Goleta Valley Beautiful award nominations - Call Bonnie Freeman 683-1878 or Phebe Mansur 685-2277
  16. Additional GVB ongoing indoor/outdoor volunteer community service activities including the Devereux Greenhouse and Growing Grounds, call 685-7910
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October 2008 GVB Residential Award Winner 5454 Berkeley Road, Goleta CA 93117

Homeowners Charles and Carla McClure are the October winners at 5454 Berkeley Road in Goleta. Since simplicity, beauty and economy of space are main elements of Charles McClure’s style as a landscape architect he decided to showcase his personal preferences by creating his own landscape. This entailed designing a plant palette of just 2-5 plants that are repeated, and experimenting with materials such as tumbled glass, which he mixed himself. Creating movement in panels that replace lawn and sets off the gravel was a challenge but not the drought tolerant plants. Echiveria, Miscantus, Mulhenbergia, Helictotrichon and Phormium undulate across the dark concrete path for a striking and modern palette by-owner. See more in the December 2008 issue of Sunset. Photo & write-up by Bonnie Freeman
You can nominate your favorite Goleta Valley Residential property by downloading a nomination form from this website. Contact: Bonnie Freeman for residential awards at 805/683-1878, or Phebe Mansur for all other awards at 685-2277 You can also contact Goleta Valley Beautiful at 685-7910.
If you like to help find worthy candidates for the GVB Awards, 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.

October is NeighborWoods Month – Celebrate by participating in a GVB volunteer event

All during the month of October we celebrate community involvement in tree care with the support of our national partners, the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT) and the Home Depot Foundation. NeighborWoods Month is a national campaign to regreen America's cities. Together, this October we will celebrate volunteerism and community revitalization and draw attention to the value of trees and invest in the overall health and success of our communities! We’ll have a limited number of T-shirts, tool aprons, and special prizes for volunteers at our weekend tree care events, and at our Science Night activities beginning with Kellogg School on October 25th. Please invite your friends and come prepared to have fun while helping your community. For more information, please call us at 685-7910

Day of Caring on September 20th Brings out a Crowd of 175 volunteers

Thanks to the 175 volunteers who contributed 501.5 community service hours at the Annual Day of Caring event at Dos Pueblos High School on Saturday morning September 20. Volunteers planted 27 native trees on the hillsides north of the gym and pool, covered the hillsides with 32 cubic yards of construction mulch (enough to fill four, three-ton dump trucks), installed over 500 feet of drip irrigation to the newly planted trees, the entire area surrounding the Performing Arts Center/faculty Parking lot/Admin Building/Flagpole area was cleaned, weeded, watered, pruned and mulched, filling a 40 cubic green waste, recyclable and trash roll-off dumpsters to the brim.
The United Way Day of Caring staff coordinated volunteer groups from Westmont College (112 volunteers), Santa Barbara Bank and Trust (20 volunteers) and Mission Linen and Supply (9 volunteers). They joined volunteers from Dos Pueblos High students, families, and teachers led by Beautify Dos Pueblos. Volunteers from Reina del Mar Parlor No. 126, Native Daughters of the Golden West assisted in registering volunteers and serving refreshments.
Sponsors for this event included the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Marborg, the Santa Barbara Foundation, the Santa Barbara School District, Beautify Dos Pueblos, and hundreds of Beautify Dos Pueblos and Goleta Valley Beautiful donor members. The trees were grown from a locally collected acorns and shoots and raised at GVB’s Devereux Greenhouse, sponsored by a grant from the Green Park Foundation and the UCSB Coastal Fund. Over the past two years, Beautify Dos Pueblos/Goleta Valley Beautiful volunteers have planted over 200 trees on the Dos Pueblos campus.

Want Ads Volunteer Board/Committee Positions Open

<> One opening 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.
<> 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. No experience needed for these fun events. 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 arranging for installation of 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 50 street trees. To sign up as Water King or Queen, call 685-7910. For those of you who have already responded, we'll be scheduling a date for planting in October.

City of Goleta Begins the Urban Forest Management Plan Public Discussions

On Wednesday, Sept 17, the City of Goleta held the first public advisory meeting concerning the Urban Forest Management Plan. This is the first of several monthly meetings which will take place to inform the public as well as gather opinions and concerns about the many issues that will be addressed in the Goleta Urban Forest Management Plan. Starting at 6:30 in the Goleta City Hall Council Chambers, the meeting was an informational introduction to the public meant to explain the process of developing the Urban Forest Management Plan and the Advisory Committee’s place in it. The meeting included an introduction from Community Services Director Steve Wagner as well as a presentation from Goleta Valley Beautiful's Urban Forest Project Manager Mark Broomfield. In a question and answer session that followed, the major concerns presented included fire safety, view issues, and the limited space in which to plant trees in street-side planters. Tentative dates for the next meetings are the second Wednesday of the month. All meetings will be held at 6:30 in Goleta Hall City Council Chambers. However, due to delays in developing the information needed for the report on baseline conditions in the Goleta Urban Forest, the October 8th meeting will be postponed to November12th. For more information and to be placed on the mailing list to receive updates on the status of the Goleta Urban Forest Management Plan, please contact City Arborist Bill Millar at 968-6848 or Ashley Flores at (805) 961-7578 or email aflores@cityofgoleta.org

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

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) Southern California Pest Specialist Kim Camilli spoke to a crowd of urban forest professionals from surrounding counties about diagnosing tree pests and affecting trees in the Central Coast area. Ms. Camilli updated the audience on the current pests common to our area such as oak moths, anticipated future pests such as the Emerald Ash Borer, and the latest methods for controlling them. The Central Coast Region of the California Urban Forest Council (CaUFC) held the meeting at the Goleta City Council Chambers. 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. Future meetings will be held in other areas, although the group is investigating using Internet to communicate online. For additional information on CCRUFC, visit http://www.caufc.org/ or call 685-7910

Additional September GVB News

<> The GVB/Cambridge Church litter collection crew’s 2008 trash collection totals now stand at 127 bags of trash using 227.5 volunteer hours. To assist, call Don or Judy Nason at 984-4895.
<> A special grant from the Green Park Foundation will allow Goleta Valley Beautiful to pay the lease payments at the Devereux Greenhouse. When UCSB bought the Devereux property, Devereux leased back a portion to continue operating there, including the Greenhouse. Devereux is now charging GVB rent, which is now being supported for this year by the Green Park Foundation. The Green Park Foundation’s grant also supports part of the cost of materials (fertilizers costs are up 33%) to allow GVB to start planting young tree seeds and shoots this fall. Thanks for all the local support from our generous Foundations.
<> Goleta Valley Beautiful is not a government agency but rather a non profit community service organization that is funded by grants and donations from the community. GVB relies upon the volunteer and financial support of the community to continue providing public services. Please check the Goleta Valley Beautiful website for weekly Saturday morning and afternoon volunteer opportunities, or to make an online membership donation at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org. For more information, call 685-7910.

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