Goleta Valley Beautiful News-January 2009


Save the Date - February 7th - Al Turnbull Grove dedication near the Goleta Depot at Lake Los Carneros


    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 Jan 3rd 9am to noon and 1 pm to 4 pm. Greenhouse tree plantings. Planting acorns and nursery care for the next generation of trees at the GVB Greenhouse and Growing Grounds . GVB Greenhouse is located at 6980 Falberg Way on the Devereux property west of Isla Vista. At the corner of Storke Rd. and El Collegio Rds, take Slough Road (unmarked-its really an extension of Storke Rd) one half mile and turn left onto Devereux Way. Go up the hill 50 feet to a stop sign at the Falberg/Devereux Way intersection. Make a right onto a a circular Road that you take 1/2 way around (about 500') to an unmarked dirt road that leads down to the Greenhouse. Call 252-1952 if you get lost.
  2. Sat Jan 10th and 17th 9am to noon Tree Care for Goleta Valley Park and Street trees. Meet at Isla Vista School parking lot 6875 El Collegio Road.
  3. Sat Jan 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st 1pm to 4pm Greenhouse tree plantings. Planting acorns and nursery care for the next generation of trees at the GVB Greenhouse and Growing Grounds (see above for directions).
  4. Sat Jan 24th 9am to noon Dos Pueblos High School Tree Care. Meet in the faculty parking lot at 7266 Alameda Drive near the Distinguished School Sign
  5. Sat Jan 31st 9am to Noon Tree planting and care at Camino Corto Park. Meet at Camino Corto Park at the corner of Camino Corto and Abrego in Isla Vista
  6. Sat Feb 7th 8:00 am - 2:30pm Young Trees: Planting, Pruning and Care workshop @ Goleta Union School District Board room (401 N Fairview Ave)
  7. Science Nights Volunteers needed-we'll train you to help teach math and science concepts using tree-related exhibits . Upcoming: Foothill Elementary (Jan 28th), El Camino (Feb 24th) and/or Ellwood (Feb 26th) Call 685-7910 to volunteer.
  8. Devereux Greenhouse/Growing Grounds tree nursery care - Every Friday 9am to noon and by appointment - Call 685-7910
  9. Litter pickup 2nd and 4th Sat. - Call Don and Judy Nason 964-4895
  10. Graffiti removal and reporting - Call Ed Graper 964-7117, edgraper@yahoo.com
  11. Monthly Goleta Valley Beautiful Award nominations - Call Zea Bauer 967-2211
  12. Additional GVB ongoing indoor/outdoor volunteer community service activities including the Devereux Greenhouse and Growing Grounds, call 685-7910
  13. SAVE THE DATES!! Friday March 13th 8am - 4pm Project Learning Tree workshop emphasizing wild land interface planning and recovery. Held at UCSB as part of TEAWET training.
  14. Sunday May 3 in the afternoon - GVB Annual Membership and Awards Barbeque at Stow House Gardens

Sign up now for Young Trees: Planting, Pruning & Care Workshop - Saturday Feb. 7th - Free with Advance Registration !



Amateur gardeners and seasoned professionals (6 CEU's available) are welcome to attend our hands on young tree care workshop on Saturday February 7th. Some of the best arborists in and out of the area will be leading the workshop, including Dan Condon (visiting from Michigan), Bill Spiewak (see his class description below) and our ever popular pruning expert Dougal House, Jr. We'll have classroom activity interspersed with hands-on training and we'll provide the tools. Even if you've taken this class before, if you haven't been actively working on trees within the past year and you want to get acquainted with the latest research on tree care techniques, we'll be exploring new information not provided in previous workshops. All work done from the ground, no climbing involved.

The workshop will be held at the Goleta Union School District Board Room from 8 am to 2:30 pm. The workshop is free if you register in advance and $10 at the door. Registration forms are available by visiting the GVB website www.goletavalleybeautiful.org. For more information call 685-7910. An optional box lunch is available for $7 if ordered in advance. Those who successfully complete our morning activities will then proceed to our annual pruning and care of the Optimist Grove in Lake Los Carneros Park in the afternoon. The Optimist Grove will be getting a new name at a dedication ceremony in the afternoon after the workshop. More information on that to come.

For those interested in learning more about trees, register for Bill Spiewak's Santa Barbara City College Class "Arboriculture: The Study of Trees, Shrubs & Vines" beginning Monday evening January 26th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm and continuing for 15 weeks. Bill is a Certified master Arborist and registered Consulting Arborist with decades of tree experience to convey. You can register on line at www.sbcc.edu or at the SBCC Student Services Building. For more information call SBCC at 965-0581.

State freezes Bond funded projects including current GVB programs - How you can help


The State Controller issued a statewide notice including GVB stating that effective December 17, 2008, all bond funded disbursements would be frozen until further notice. This means that reimbursements on current grants for work not completed and not submitted to the State Controller's office by 12/17/08 are frozen and grantees will not receive payment until the suspension is lifted. Since over half of GVB's income is derived from state grants and contracts, GVB will have to curtail many of our tree planting projects until the state's budget issues are resolved.
    How you can help support GVB:
  1. Contact your elected state representatives. Urge them to find a solution to the current budget impasse.
  2. Renew your membership in GVB. Donations of any amount are gratefully accepted. Every dollar invested in GVB pays long term dividends. We only send out one membership letter a year, so if you have misplaced yours, please download one from our website www.goletavalleybeautiful.org (see 'Support Us') or call 685-7910.
  3. Relink your Albertson's Preferred Savings Card to GVB. For Albertson's shoppers, many of you have linked your Preferred Savings Card that allows Albertson's Community Partners Program to donate to GVB at no cost to you with every purchase. That link will be removed as of February 28th as part of a regular update process. To relink your card, just follow these three steps:
    1. log onto www.albertsonscp.com
    2. Enter your Preferred Card number
    3. enter the Goleta Valley Beautiful Community Partner ID# 49001008145.
    Check the GVB website 'Support Us' section for additional information on how to sign up for an Albertsons Preferred Savings Card.
  4. Help with the GVB Wish List. One of our long time wish list supporters Helen McPherrin will be moving out of the area next month. She has kept GVB volunteers supplied with granola bars and water for our volunteers. We wish her well and look forward to others to help with occasional snack donations. With over 1400 volunteers annually, we have a large need for keeping up their energy.

The Thanks to GVB's 2009 non-State supporters - helping to diversify our income base


The GVB Recently Completed Major Projects in 2008




Goleta Valley Beautiful News- February 2009



Learn Pruning and Young Tree Care from Professionals at our February 7th Workshop





Sign up now for Young Trees: Planting, Pruning & Care Workshop - Saturday Feb. 7th - Free with Advance Registration !



Amateur gardeners, student volunteers (6 hours community service credits) and seasoned professionals (6 CEU's available) are welcome to attend our hands on young tree care workshop on Saturday February 7th. Some of the best arborists in and out of the area will be leading the workshop, including Dan Condon (visiting from Michigan), Bill Spiewak (see his class description below) and our ever popular pruning expert Dougal House, Jr. We'll have classroom activity interspersed with hands-on training and we'll provide the tools. Even if you've taken this class before, if you haven't been actively working on trees within the past year and you want to get acquainted with the latest research on tree care techniques, we'll be exploring new information not provided in previous workshops. All work done from the ground, no climbing involved.
The workshop will be held at the Goleta Union School District Board Room from 8 am to 2:30 pm. The workshop is free if you register in advance and $10 at the door. Registration forms are available by visiting the GVB website PRUNINGFor more information call 685-7910. An optional box lunch is available for $7 if ordered in advance. Those who successfully complete our morning activities will then proceed to our annual pruning and care of the Optimist Grove in Lake Los Carneros Park in the afternoon. Due to some paperwork requirements for the City of Goleta, we've had to postpone the February 7th dedication of the Al Turnbull Grove that was to take place at the end of the workshop. We hope to reschedule it very soon. We'll keep you posted!
For those interested in learning more about trees, register for Bill Spiewak's Santa Barbara City College Class "Arboriculture: The Study of Trees, Shrubs & Vines" beginning Monday evening January 26th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm and continuing for 15 weeks. Bill is a Certified master Arborist and registered Consulting Arborist with decades of tree experience to convey. You can register on line at www.sbcc.edu or at the SBCC Student Services Building. For more information call SBCC at 965-0581.

GVB February Residential Award Winner! 5031 Rhodes Ave, Goleta 93111- Frank and Mary Bischof Residence



It was on a road trip to Sedona, where desert style homes and landscapes inspired the Bischofs to transform the front of their suburban Goleta tract into a garden perfectly suited to Santa Barbara’s climate and style. The clean lean lines and resilient plantings typical of Pueblo style make cacti and succulent specimens an ideal plant palette for this project. They are stunning against earth-colored courtyard walls and set off by decomposed granite beneath. With a mature Palo Verde tree as its center, the Bischofs designed and built the courtyard, its walls, flagstone patio and gates as a family. Fine care and craftsmanship make this sustainable design a neighborhood gem.
This month's nomination write-up and photo provided by Awards Contact Lisa James. You can nominate your favorite Goleta Valley property by downloading a nomination form from the website. You can also contact Goleta Valley Beautiful at 685-7910 or Lisa James (ljameslandscapedesign@cox.net , 805/570-7588).

State freeze

on GVB Bond funded projects continues - How you can help





What do you think about this?!



City of Goleta Community Grant Project Proposals Due February 13 – We’re looking for a service based project is a neighborhood or area that would benefit a maximum number of Goleta citizens. The maximum dollar amount for the project is $2500 provided by the City, and GVB will leverage it with our volunteer and Greenhouse resources. Let us know if you have a neighborhood cleanup, beautification, tree planting, anti-graffiti, or other project that you think we should apply for funding. The main criteria is that it should be an area that can be seen by the public. Call 685-7910 or send us an e-mail with your thoughts.
Classroom teachers looking for field trips or in-room presentations – GVB just secured a Greenworks! Grant to allow us to bring students to our Greenhouse and take back small trees to grow in the classroom. This project is part of the Project Learning Tree program. GVB is also available to providie Project Learning tree training in the the Goleta Valley area at no cost for local educators. Arbor Week is coming March 6-12, give us a call at 685-7910
GVB is looking for new Board and Committee members- With the recent resignations of John Ingram and Jill Tiegs, GVB has openings for two more Board members. We are especially looking for a UCSB student for completing the remainder of the current Board term through July 2009. We are also looking for occasional assistance with our Awards and Special Events Committee. The time involved is variable according to your schedule.
Tree Failure Reports - If you know of any tree failures in our area, please let us know. GVB is part of a Statewide network that reports on tree failures to a State database. This information is helpful in letting us know the best growing conditions for trees, and how to manage our urban forest more effectively.

GVB January Volunteer Event Results - See our website for more photos


Date Location Volunteers Hours Trees Planted Trees Maintained
1/10 Isla Vista School AM 7 22 4 R 9
1/10 San Marcos High PM 12 36 0 40
1/10 Greenhouse PM 4 12 0 9
1/17 La Patera ES AM 5 17 4 R 16
1/17 Greenhouse PM 14 43 0 96
1/24 Dos Pueblos HS 29 90 0 70
1/24 Greenhouse PM 51 90 0 200
ALL TOTALS 122 310 8 R 440


The GVB/Cambridge Community Church litter collection crews spent 20 person-hours collecting 8.5 thirty-two gallon garbage bags of roadside trash.
GVB also provided support to Marin ReLeaf as part of a mentoring project through the California ReLeaf Network. We will be working with the Marin ReLeaf Executive Director to help her learn about our methods for creating a strong Board of Directors and establishing effective volunteer outreach programs.
Volunteer groups participating included: representatives from UCSB, Dos Pueblos High School, The Rotaract Club of Santa Barbara, UCSB Environmental Affairs Board, UCSB Chicano Latino Grad, Alpha Phi Alpha, Pi Kappa Alpha, Theta Nu Kappa, Alpha Epsilon Phi, and Goleta Valley Beautiful.
Sponsors for these events include: the Alliance for Community Trees, UCSB Coastal Fund, Beautify Dos Pueblos, The Goleta Union School District, The Santa Barbara School District, The Green Park Foundation, Western Farm Service, and GVB donor members.