Goleta Valley Beautiful News- March 2009

The GVB Membership Drive ends March 31st. Please renew your 2009 Calendar Year membership by downloading the form from www.goletavalleybeautiful.org, or call 685-7910

California Arbor Week (March 7-14) Celebration Kicks off with a March 6th Girsh Park Planting

Come celebrate the only holiday specifically for trees, the annual California Arbor Day celebration in Goleta. This year’s event will take place Friday March 6th at Girsh Park, 7090 Phelps Road from 11:00 am to Noon. We’ll meet in the parking lot next to the maintenance building for a tree planting with City, Girsh and GVB officials. .

CITRIX Online Funds Hollister Avenue Beautification Project #2 and Volunteers to implement it

CITRIX Online generously contributed $6000 towards implementing the second beautification and ant-graffiti project GVB has implemented along Hollister Avenue. This project is on the south side of Hollister Avenue between Santa Barbara Shores and Palo Alto Drive. In addition to providing the funding, seven CITRIX Online volunteers spent the entire day on Friday February 27th prepping the project. The final planting and installation of irrigation will take place on Friday March 13th. The public is invited to participate

Science Fairs Scheduled for March 12th at Hollister and March 17th at Brandon Schools

We’ll be having more fun at upcoming Science Nights at Hollister and Brandon Schools on March 12th and 17th respectively. If you want to learn how to tell time with a tree, or how to differentiate between a good and bad acorn to plant, or if you are just curious about all the different types of tree species on your campus, come to a Science Night. The Tree Doctor is in!
In February, we had help from Tami and Emily Mason at El Camino’s Science Night, and from Haley Anderson and Phebe Mansur for Ellwood’s Science Night. Thanks for helping make it a success.

Project Learning Tree Workshop, March 21st from 9 AM to 4PM

Ken Knight, Certified Project Learning Tree Instructor, will present a workshop on Saturday March 21st dealing with Wildfires and Watershed Recovery.
This workshop is directed at classroom teachers and interested members of the public. We’ll be reviewing many of the 90 lesson plans in the Pre-K-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide. Each participant will receive a free copy of the Guide, which was developed through the Project Learning Tree program of the American Forest Foundation.
The classroom activities and field trip will be oriented towards local impacts and recovery from last year’s Gap Fire. There is no charge to attend this training, but enrollment is limited to twenty. RSVP please to 685-7910

New Grants Received - Green Park Foundation and GreenWorks!!

Melissa Murdoch of The Green Park Foundation has generously provided GVB with a second $5000 grant towards the support of Greenhouse and Growing Ground operations. The funds will be used for lese payments, purchase of soil and materials for growing our native trees that we plant throughout the Goleta Valley.
The American Forests Foundation provided us with a $1000 grant to assist in our Science Night demonstrations, and to bring elementary student on field trips where we give them hands on instruction. Thanks to our local supporters who help us keep the trees growing.

Stewards of the Goleta Valley Major Donor Program Underway

Next month we’ll have an update for you on the initial results of our program to diversify our local funding to keep the trees growing. For more information on our major donor program, please contact Jeff Cotter, Fund Development Specialist at 688-4904.

Young Trees: Planting Pruning and Care Workshop

Thanks to the 32 attendees of the Saturday February 7th Young Tree Workshop-Planting, Pruning and Maintenance. Workshop attendees arrived to a steady rain, but by the time classroom activities were over the skies had cleared. Master Arborist Bill Spiewak provided a big picture review of trees and urban forestry. Dan Condon, visiting from Michigan, teamed up with George Jimenez to walk the participants through the tree selection and planting process by planting an alder. Dougal House explained the decision-making process when formative pruning, and used 20 trees from GVB's nursery to provide hands-on demonstration of the process. We also reviewed a test of young tree maintenance knowledge that participants were able to take home with them.
Our afternoon community service project included splitting into 5 groups each headed by an arborist to provide hands-on additional pruning training. The participants received further experience in implementing the five steps of formative tree pruning, and the oak grove received an annual maintenance pruning that resulted in a large mound of branches at the top of the grove.
This project was made possible with the support of the Central Coast Region Urban Forest Council, the Goleta Union School District, the City of Goleta, and hundreds of Goleta Valley Beautiful donor members.

February Events Summary – Thanks to all the volunteer groups involved…

-The GVB/Cambridge Community Church litter collection crews provided 29.5 service hours collecting 10.5 thirty-three gallon garbage bags of roadside trash in February, for a 2009 cumulative total of 63.5 hours and 26 bags of trash. Thanks to Bob Morgenstern and the City of Goleta Community Services Department for keeping the trash crews outfitted with grip and grab tools.

-Volunteer groups participating included: Cub Scout pack 105, Beautify DP, UCSB, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Lambda Theta Nu, PathPoint, San Marcos and Dos Pueblos High students, Delta Delta Delta, Alpha Kappa Psi, Citrix Online, Black Pioneer Renaissance Organization, Gamma Phi Beta, Alpha Phi, Carnales in Aztlan, Sigma Alpha Zeta, Hermanos Unidos, Kapatirang Pilipino, and several unidentified groups.

-Sponsors for these February events included: UCSB Coastal Fund, Goleta Union School District, City of Goleta, Green Park Foundation, GreenWorks!, the Alliance for Community Trees, the California Urban Forestry Division, West Covina Nursery, San Marcos Growers, Western Farm Service (now known as Crop Production Services), Santa Barbara County Resource Recovery Division, Devereux of Santa Barbara, Beautify DP, and hundreds of GVB donor members.

Date Location Volunteers Hours Trees Planted Trees Maintained
1/31 Brandon/Glen Annie AM 58 171 10 R 34
1/31 Devereux Greenhouse PM 25 75 0 R NA
2/7 Young Tree Workshop 32 192 1 P 40
2/21 Dos Pueblos HS AM 46 138 1 P 70
2/21 Los Carneros Rd PM 12 36 12 P - -
2/27 Hollister Project #2 8 54 - - - -
2/28 San Marcos HS 6 18 - - 60
2/28 Hollister Project #2 PM 16 49 6 P - -
2/24 El Camino Science Night 3 10 - - - -
2/26 Ellwood Science Night 3 9 - - - -

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Reserve your place now for the Sunday May 3rd Goleta Valley Beautiful Community BBQ and 35th Annual Awards.

We`ll be in the historic Stow House garden at 304 N. Los Carneros Rd. from 12:30 to 3:30 pm. BBQ will be provided by Woody`s, DJ Mell Hueston will provide music, with entertainment by Berzercus and Las Fiesteras.

Tickets are only $25 for members, $30 for non-members and $10 for any full time student. Children under 5 are free.

Please reserve by April 30th by sending in the attached form, or by calling 685-7910.