Beautiful News- December 2008
Annual 2009 membership renewal letter coming by mail the first week of
November. Please help us keep planting for tomorrow!
Pruning Workshop Information
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
- Sat. Nov 29th 9 am to noon- no project due to
- Sat. Dec 6th 9 am
to noon- Tree Planting and Care. UCSB Campus parking lot 37
next to the Facilities bldg on Mesa Rd. between Los Carneros and Stadium Rd.
- Sat. Dec 6th 1pm to 4pm-
Tree care for city parks. Meet at IV Elementary School Parking Lot
(6875 El Colegio Rd. Isla Vista 93117). This is across the street from Santa
Catalina dorms, formerly Francisco Torres.
- Sat Dec 13th 9am to noon
Tree Care at Goleta Valley Schools. Meet at Brandon Elementary (195 Brandon
- Sat Dec 13th 1pm to 4pm
Tree Care for Goleta Street Trees. Meet at Fire Station #11 (6901 Frey Way)
- Sat Dec 20th 9am to noon
Greenhouse tree plantings. Planting acorns for the next generation of oaks. GVB
Greenhouse is located at 6980 Falberg Way on the Devereux property west of Isla
Vista. Close to the Slough.
- Sat Dec 27th 9am to noon
Greenhouse tree plantings. Planting acorns for the next generation of oaks.
Meet at the GVB Greenhouse and Growing Grounds on the Devereux property (see above)
- Sat Jan 3rd 9am to noon
Greenhouse tree plantings. Planting acorns for the next generation of oaks. GVB
Greenhouse and Growing Grounds (see above)
Greenhouse/Growing Grounds tree nursery care - Every Tuesday and 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 including the Devereux Greenhouse and Growing
Grounds, call 685-7910
- SAVE THE DATES!! Saturday
February 7th 8a-2:30p Young Trees: Planting, Pruning and Care workshop @ Goleta
Union School District Board room (401 N Fairview Ave)
- AND: Friday March
13th 8a-4p Project Learning Tree workshop emphasizing wild land interface
planning and recovery. Held at UCSB as part of TEAWET training.
Award- 626 Mayrum St.
The December winners are Rick and Adrienne
Morinini of 626 Mayrum Street, Santa Barbara County, 93111. Homeowners since
1968, Rick recently retired after 18 years with GWD. Always a collector
of antiques and rusty farm implements he also gathered natural stone from the
foothills, all of which he integrated into their landscape. Adrienne, retired
after 40 years as a hairdresser, began converting their thirsty beds into more
drought resistant plants by adding succulents, cactus, and for whimsy converted
their junipers into bonsai. The whole theme is magical and has created a
haven for friends and neighbors. As their daughter Lynette said, “in a
track where many people come and go as renters, their long-term commitment to
their home has resulted in a jewel for the area.”
Thanks to Kitson
Landscape Management, Inc. for Truck Donation!
When the GVB truck's engine failed, Kitson Landscape Management came
to our rescue. Kitson had a heavy duty flatbed
truck, which needed a new transmission, that they agreed to donate to
GVB. Shown above is Sarah Kitson and Dave Fuderich handing
over the keys to the 1995 Ford 450 truck to GVB President David C. Fainer,
Jr. With the help of Jim Verhasselt of JV Enterprises and former GVB Board
member Doug Winter, the old box was transferred to the new truck. Within a week
GVB was back in business! Thanks again to all of our current and
former Board members and the UCSB Coastal Fund for supporting the cost of
converting to the Ford truck. Thank you all for keeping us running.
Long live the truck!
Trees = Math + Science at Nov Science
Night at La Patera Elementary
Thanks to the four
Board members who contributed 12 service hours at La Patera
Elementary School Science night on Thursday night, November
6th. Science Night projects included identifying specimens of the 33
difference tree species available on the campus, telling time through tree
rings, testing acorns for viability and leaf printing.
Volunteer Science Night Presenters will be needed
to help with future Science Nights coming up at El Camino (February 24),
Ellwood (February 26) and several others to be scheduled. No
experience is necessary for these fun events; well train you on the
tree-related math and science presentations we make! For
more information, please call us at 685-7910
Planting and Tree Care Projects this
This month Goleta Valley
Beautiful hosted nine tree planting events, wherein a stunning
turnout of 273 GVB volunteers provided 851 hours of community service
in planting 110 trees and caring for 118 more!
These included the following projects:
25 volunteers 75
service hours 11 new trees
PM West Storke Family
Housing UCSB 7 volunteers 21
service hours 5 new trees
AM Santa Ynez Apts
46 volunteers 136 service
hours 36 new trees
PM Ortega Dining Commons
14 volunteers 48 service
hours 13 new trees
AM Dos Pueblos High
81 volunteers 264 service
hours 91 pruned, planted ~100
PM Dos Pueblos HS/La Patera
12 service hours 27 trees
26 volunteers 78
service hours 15 new trees
11/22 AM Mesa
Rd & CCBER Greenhouse UCSB 42
volunteers 126 service
hours 15 new trees
PM Mesa Rd & CCBER Greenhouse
UCSB 28 volunteers
91 service hours 15 new trees
We need you! Committee & Volunteer Positions Open
The GVB Board of Directors photos are now
complete, with the addition of Emily
Mason (pictured below).
-- The Board
is seeking an environmentally conscious people to be
part of GVB committees. We have openings
in the Finance, Special Events/Awards, Development, and Membership
Committees. Number of hours of participation for each committee
could be as little as 1 to 3 hours for an individual event. Call 685-7910
for more information.
-- Wish List
- Individually packaged snacks (nothing that can melt) and
water for volunteers.
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.
GVB/Cambridge Church litter collection crews 2008 trash
collection totals now stand
at 282.5 person-hrs and 154.5 bags! To assist, call Don
or Judy Nason at 984-4895
Water Kings and Queens Needed to Adopt FREE STREET TREES in Goleta through a
California ReLeaf Tree Planting Grant
already planted trees at Carlo, Hillview, Braeburn, Wakefield, Stow Canyon, Del
Norte, Verona, Paseo Palmilla, and Caroldale. You could be next! 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 December .
GVB Executive Director Resigns
from Planning Commission-- Urban Forest Management Plan to continue
GVB Executive Director Ken Knight
has resigned from his position as Planning Commissioner in order to concentrate
his efforts on Goleta Valley Beautiful and on the contract with the City of
Goleta to develop an Urban Forest Management Plan. Mr. Knight wanted to avoid
any appearance of conflict of interest between his role as a Planning
Commissioner and his responsibilities as Executive Director. The Urban
Forest Management Plan is a partnership between the City of Goleta and GVB
that is financed in part by contributions from the City, GVB, and a grant from
the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Satellite data on the status of the Goleta urban forest is
now available and GVB is working to produce a State of the Goleta Urban Forest
The next public advisory group
meeting may occur either on Wednesday evening December 10th or
January 14th. For more information or 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
Our Oldest Donor Member
Sister Witness Tree gives us
clones so that we can continue planting native trees throughout the Goleta
Valley. In early December , we are asking our not-so-ancient friends
to help us with financial support to continue GVB operations. We make only one
mailing a year for membership support, so please look for our Planting For
Tomorrow GVB envelope when it arrives in the mail in early December!
If you miss our mailer, you can donate online via TreeLink, or access the
2009 Membership forms on our website soon at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org,
or call us at 685-7910!
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
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Thank you for logging on to the Goleta Valley Beautiful website. It is hoped you will visit our site regularly and check our volunteer calendar. During 2008-09 GVB will continue to plant and care for trees in the area west of the Santa Barbara city limits to the western borders of Goleta. For the past several years GVB has been planting and caring for over 500 trees each year, as well as growing over 2000 new trees at our native tree nursery at Devereux. Over 1400 volunteers have been assisting GVB each of these years. Many high school and college students are participating and earning community service credits. Each month we recognize outstanding residential and commercial beautification efforts. To learn more about GVB, click on about us
. If you are not a member of GVB, we would be pleased to have your membership. Call our Executive Director Ken Knight at 685-7910 for information and suggestions. If you would like to make a donation to us, you may at the Tree Bank
Thank you, .
Members of Goleta Valley Beautiful Board of Directors: David Fainer, President; Phebe Mansur, Vice President; Tami Mason, Treasurer; Zea Bauer, Secretary; Michael Bennett, Merlyn Cummings, Al Turnbull, Treva Yang, Maia Kazaks, Jill Tiegs, John Ingram, Stephen Fereday, James Lechuga, Emily
Mason, and Ken Knight; Executive Director.
Click here to see the Boards photographs
With your help,and our new partnership with Albertsons
, we can grow our successful education and youth programs that teach community leadership, tree care, and serve to increase our community’s public trees or urban forest by purchasing books for our local libraries.
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