Goleta Valley Beautiful News-June2009

Reserve your ticket today for the 8th Annual Heritage Tree Tour Sunday Afternoon June21st- A great Father's Day gift
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GVB Volunteer Opportunities (Community Service Credits available)

RSVP: 685-7910 or day of event: 252-1952.

Also visit our Volunteer Calendar at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org

Wednesday May 27 - Noon to 1 pm (Buffet lunch provided beginning at 11:30 pm)- GVB Advisory Council meeting in the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce Conference Room, 271 North Fairview, Suite 104. Invited guests will discuss topics dealing with the future of GVB.

Sat.May30,9 am to Noon -PROJECT LOCATION CHANGE3965 Via Lucero, Santa Barbara (off La Cumbre Road north of State St.)NeighborWoods Tree Planting and landscaping at Habitat for Humanity site. Tools, refreshments and expert training provided. RSVP 685-7910

Sat.May30,1 to 4 pm-PROJECT LOCATION CHANGE - Young tree care at Devereux Greenhouse and Growing Grounds. Meet at 6980 Falberg Dr on the Devereux Campus. Call for directions 685-7910.

Sat.June 6th,9 am to12 pm -RESCHEDULED FROM MAY 9TH Isla Vista Youth Projects NeighborWoodsTree planting and landscaping. Meet at 6842 Phelps Rd, Goleta.Planting 8 trees and 7 trumpet vines. Tools, refreshments and expert trainingprovided. RSVP 685-7910

Sat.June 6th,1 to 4 pm - PROJECT LOCATION CHANGE Meet at corner of Los Carneros Rd and Covington Way.Tree care for Goleta street trees. RSVP685-7910.

Sat.June 13th,9 am to Noon - Young tree care at Devereux Greenhouse and Growing Grounds. Meet at 6980 Falberg Dr on the Devereux Campus.RSVP andCall for directions 685-7910.

Sat.June 20,9 am to Noon - Young tree care at Devereux Greenhouse and Growing Grounds. Meet at 6980 Falberg Dr on the Devereux Campus.RSVP andCall for directions 685-7910.

Sat. June 27th-9 am to Noon -Young tree care at Devereux Greenhouse and Growing Grounds. Meet at 6980 Falberg Dr on the Devereux Campus.RSVP andCall for directions 685-7910.

Part time summer internships (4 hours or more per week) for high school and college students. Gain valuable experience and receive community service hours. Positions available now! Also 4 part time paid Greenhouse internships (4 hours/week) available to UCSB students only. Call 685-7910 for details

Additional volunteer community service opportunities

- Devereux Greenhouse/Growing Groundstree nursery care - EveryFriday, 9 to noon and by appointment- Call 685-7910

- Litter pickup1st and3rdSat.in June (NOTEDATE CHANGES)-Call Don and Judy Nason 964-4895

- Graffiti removal and reporting - Call Ed Graper 964-7117, edgraper@yahoo.com

-Goleta Valley Beautiful award nominations - Call685-7910. Judges needed.

- Additional GVB ongoing volunteer community service activities not mentioned here, call 685-7910

Old and New Featured at 8th Annual GV Heritage Tree Tour - sponsored by Santa Barbara Airbus

Once again Santa Barbara Airbus has generously donated a large capacity bus and driver for our 8th Annual Goleta Valley Heritage Tree tour. We find new sites to visit every year. This year we'll be visiting the historic Lillard House with its towering araucarias and at UCSB we'll be beta-testing the new Palm Walking tour. Even though Palms aren't really trees, there are some good examples of the species on campus. Bill Millar will also give us a brief intro to the Santa Barbara Shores Eucalyptus Forest.

We'll Also be visiting some old favorites that haven't been on the tour for a while, including Bishop Ranch, and a private tour of Randy Baldwin's secret gardens at San Marcos.

We'll top off the day at the newly renovated Moreton Bay Fig Trees at Dos Pueblos Ranch. The invasive Algerian Ivy has been pulled back to reveal the true beauty of the mature trees there.

Also returning to the tour is Jerry Sortommee, Professor Emeritus at the SBCC Horticultural Department and an entertaining host. We'll be meeting for lunch at noon to one around the Witness Tree at the Sizzler Restaurant, so come join is. Limited Reserved tickets are $25 before June 14th and $35 after June 14th. for information and to order tickets over the phone, call 685-7910. It's Father's Day, so treat Dad and the family to a relaxing day with the trees.

Community Responds to Stewards of the Goleta ValleyCampaign

Individuals and Business Communitysupporters nave responded to GVB's "Stewards of the Goleta Valley" fundraising campaign. The first contributions towards a two year donation totaling $20,000 weregenerated by the Bacara Resort and Spa ($10,000), Marborg Industries ($3,000), Rabobank ($1,500), Sares-Regis ($1,500)as well as individual contributions led by GVB president David Fainer, GVB Vice President Phebe Mansur, Executive Director Ken Knight and GVB memberKathy Lucien.

The Stewards campaign is made possible with the support of a grant from the Santa Barbara Foundation. Stewards are recognized in media,newsletters and the GVB website for lasting contributions over and above normal membership contributions. Our goal of raising $95,000 over the next two years will allow GVB to:

Annually plant 500 new trees and maintain 1000 young Goleta Valley trees. Provide a full slate of educational programs for children and adult and Carry out public beautification and other projects.

For information on how to be a Steward and how to include GVB in your estate planning efforts, please call 685-7910 or visit the Stewards of Goleta Valley page on our website.

Goleta Valley Beautiful Receives $10,000 NeighborWoods grant for Affordable Housing Tree Program

May 4, 2009 - Goleta Valley Beautiful today announced that it will receive a $10,000 grant from the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT) and The home Depot Foundation. This challenge grant is part of the National NeighborWoods Program, made possible through generous support of The Home Depot Foundation. NeighborWoods is a nationwide initiative that engages the public in meaningful hands-on action to produce tangible improvements to community health through tree planting and stewardship. Goleta Valley Beautiful is one of eleven organizations nationwide who will receive a NeighborWoods award in support of partnerships between urban forestry non-profits and affordable housing providers.

Goleta Valley Beautiful organizes beautification efforts, environmental education, and public policy advocacy to support a healthy urban forest and encourage community environmental involvement in Goleta Valley, CA. In a project that will affect over 700 residents living in 221 low-income housing units, Goleta Valley Beautiful will use this grant to plant 70 native shade trees on for affordable housing properties in the Goleta Valley area of Santa Barbara County. Through partnerships with The home Depot, habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County, People's Self help Housing, and the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara, Goleta Valley Beautiful will implement four or more volunteer support projects and develop matching contributions to complete this tree planting program. The seventy shade trees will beautify the impacted communities and will provide passive energy conservation by reducing summer temperatures on South- and West-facing building walls, thereby cutting energy costs for residents. Goleta Valley Beautiful anticipates over 180 volunteers - two thirds of them residents of the affordable housing communities - will participate in the planting and ongoing maintenance of the trees.

About Alliance for Community Trees

Alliance for community Trees (ACT) is dedicated to improving the health and livability of cities by planting and caring for trees. With 160 grassroots affiliates in 40 states and Canada, ACT engages volunteers to take action to improve the environment where 80% of people live - in urban areas. ACT member organizations have planted and cared for 14.9 million trees in cities with help from 4.3 million volunteers. For more information, visit www.actrees.org.

About The Home Depot Foundation

The Home Depot Foundation was created in 2002 to further the community building goals of The Home Depot. The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to building homes for working families that are healthy to live in and affordable to own. To make homes healthy and affordable, the Foundation encourages developers to incorporate responsible design and use durable and quality materials to encourages developers to incorporate responsible design and use durable and quality materials to ensure that homes are more energy and water efficient, have good indoor air quality, and provide a sage and healthy space to live in. Since its formation, The Home Depot foundation has granted $70 million to nonprofit organizations and supported the development of more that 50,000 affordable, healthy homes. In 2008 alone, it planted or restored more than 200,000 community trees through grants totaling more than $2,6000,000. For more information, visitwww.homedepotfoundation.org.

MayEvents Summary - Thanks to all the volunteer groups involved

See website for additional photos www.goletavalleybeautiful.org

Date EventVolunteersService HoursTrees Planted Trees Maintained

5/3/0935th Annual Awards BBQ-25-100-0-0

5/2/09 AM-Devereux greenhouse-2-6-0-12

5/2/09 PM-Los Carneros & Covington-4-12- 0-12

5/9/09-Projects postponed due to Jesusita fire

5/16/09AM-Ortega/Santa Ynez Aparts-24-71-4-30

5/16/09 PM-Devereux Greenhouse-10-21-0-0

5/1609 AM-Home Depot Days-4-12-0–0

5/21/09- IV Science Night-2-6-0-0


-The GVB/Cambridge Community Church litter collection crews provided 24.5service hours collecting 20 thirty-three gallon garbage bags of roadside trash in May,for a 2009 cumulative total of 149.5 hours and 61.5bags of trash. Noteday changes in June

-Volunteer groups participating included:Dos Pueblos high parents and staff,Beautify Dos Pueblos,UCSB Honors Program,EPIC, Escuelitaand EAB.

-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/Home Depot foundation, the California UrbanForest Council, Devereux of Santa Barbara, Beautify DP, Santa Barbara Foundation, Santa Barbara School District,2nd District Supervisors Office, City of Goleta Community Services Department, Isla Vista School parents and teachers, Goleta Home Depotand hundreds of GVB donor members.

NEWS Briefs

You promised me astreet tree! And we will try to keep our promise as soon as we can. GVB's main funding source for street trees is State grants, and the grants that we were working on have been frozen for the last 5 months (see below). Adding to the problem is that our prime planting season when weather and volunteers are plentiful is coming to an end. Unfortunately it looks like most of our tree planting efforts will be delayed three or four monthsuntil the fall, or if we can find a more stable source of funds to assist in our planting efforts.

- Where's the monthly award article? We are currently looking forsomeone in an interest in community beautification to step forward as a judge for our monthly award program for best looking residences and businesses. Until we can get some more volunteers, we'll be concentrating on our annual award program.

- GVB Storage Area on Ice? Ice Skating Rink Supportersare nearing their fundraising goal, Once projected development begins inthe next year or so, GVB storage areas graciously provided by Camino Real Marketplace for the last 8 yearsmay no longer be available. We're looking at alternatives.

-Hardworking Volunteer -Evergreen volunteer Tyrel Graves joined us at the Greenhouse this month and he's already put in over 50 community service hours. We're looking for more part time summer interns. Call us at 685-7910

-GVB Board positions open - Graduating seniors are leaving several positions open on the GVB Board. UCSB Seniors Eira Whitty and Mallorie Hodge are graduating in June, leaving two UCSB student positions available. SAn Marcos High Senior Emily Mason is heading to college, leaving the San Marcos High position open. We also have one general Board position open, preferably someone with a financial/accounting background. We're looking to diversify our Board, so unique individuals are encouraged to apply.

Graffiti removal an ongoing process -Call Ed 964-7117 to participate in graffiti removaland toreport incidents in your area.

Coastal Fund celebrates 10th Anniversary - GVB provided a table of information at the Coastal Funds 5/15 celebration of their good work. The Coastal Fund is a major contributor to our Greenhouse efforts, and they stimulate a lot of student volunteers coming our way.

-State funding unfrozen--but we haven't seen any - GVB has about $40,000 in outstanding billings that we are still waiting on reimbursement. That includes $6750 due to GVB from the City of Goleta. We've asked that the City reallocate this year's matching funds for the Urban Forest Management Plan contract to next year in order to allow us adequate timeto complete the projectonce the State kicks the grant funding into gear again.

-Tree Campus USA

GVB is opening a dialog with UCSB toassist them in qualifying for a new award from the National Arbor Day Foundation similar to the Tree City award. More to follow in the fall.

Whatcan I do if I see a public tree getting cut down?Any private tree care firmsworking on public street and park trees must have a permit to do so.Crews from public agencies are under the direction of their supervisors to protect public health and safety while preserving public trees.Unless it is a blatant illegal act, most work done on public trees has been sanctioned by a public official. The key to effective preservation of desirable public trees is finding out what is being planed before it happens so that you are not put into a position of trying to question a work crew in the filed. Pay attention to public notice signs, and get involved in localpublic meetings that discuss landscape changes and future landscape planning specifications. For more information on how to get involved, call 685-7910

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