Goleta Valley Beautiful News - August 2009
GVB Volunteer Opportunities (Community Service Credits available) -
RSVP: 685-7910 or day of event: 252-1952.
Also visit our Volunteer
NEWS HEADLINES - STORIES BELOW
- Coastal Fund Grant helps GVB Get Greener
- Volunteer Opportunities for August
- What Internet Tree Donation Sites don^t Tell you
- News Briefs
- NeighborWoods Projects Continue
- July volunteer projects
- What Oprah Knows for Sure
- Support our supporters
Coastal Fund Grant helps GVB Get Greener
With the aid of a
$3700 grant from the UCSB Coastal Fund, GVB has purchased a Chipper/Mulcher,
weed whip and exendable pole saw for the Devereux Greenhouse. This
equipment will not only allow us to reduce the mountain of green waste we
generate, it will also allow us to make our own compost. GVB goes through
about 150 3 cubic foot bags of commercial compost a year in our tree growing
and planting efforts. By reducing and ultimately eliminating our use of
synthetic fertilizer, we are getting a better organic compost product,
and we are moving closer to our goal of sustainable urban forestry.
The grant also funded UCSB interns to work at the Greenhouse this
summer and fall. Aplications for interns now being accepted at 685-7910
Volunteer Opportunities for August
needed, all tools provided. All volunteer opportunites are supervised by
experienced Certified Arborists. Families welcome as long as adults are present
to supervise their children. Please RSVP at 685-7910 to confirm your
attendance. Community service credits available for all activities, bring
your forms to the volunteer event.
- Sat. Aug 1, 9 am - Noon - Young tree care at Devereux
Greenhouse and Growing Grounds . Meet at 6980 Falberg Dr on
the Devereux Campus. RSVP and Call for directions
- Sat. Aug 8 , 7 am – 2 pm - Water Los Carneros
Interchange Offramp. Meet at the corner of Los Carneros and Calle
Koral. Call for directions and RSVP 685-7910.
- Sat. Aug 15 9 am
to Noon Street tree Planting along Caroldale. Meet at La Patera School parking
lot, 555 North La Patera . RSVP 685-7910
- Sat. Aug 15, 1 pm to 4 pm Street Tree Planting.
Meet at 5486 Calle Real. RSVP 685-7910.
- Sat. Aug 22, ( am to Noon Tree Planting at Goleta Valley Junior
High School parking lot, 6100 Stow Canyon Road with the Youth Football
League. RSVP 685-7910
- Sat. Aug 22. 1 am to 4 pm Street tree planting.
Meet at Isla Vista School parking lot. RSVP 685-7910
- Sat. Aug 29, 9am to noon NeighborWoods Tree planting Sandpiper
Apartments, 375 Ellwood Beach, RSVP 685-7910
- Monday, August 10, 24, 31, 9 am to Noon - Young
tree care at Devereux Greenhouse and Growing Grounds . Meet at
6980 Falberg Dr on the Devereux Campus. RSVP and Call for
- Wednesday August 5, 12, 19, 26, 9 am to
Noon - Young tree care at Devereux Greenhouse and
Growing Grounds . Meet at 6980 Falberg Dr on the Devereux
Campus. RSVP and Call for directions 685-7910.
- Friday August 7, 21, 28, 9 am - Noon - Young tree care at
Devereux Greenhouse and Growing Grounds . Meet at 6980 Falberg
Dr on the Devereux Campus. RSVP and Call for directions
- Sat. Sept 5 9 am to Noon and 1 am to 5 pm Street
Tree Planting. Meet at Devereux Greenhouse and growing Grounds, 6980
Falberg Dr. RSVP and call for directions 685-7910
- Sat. Sept 19 8 am to 1 pm Annual Day of Caring Dos Pueblos High
School, 7266 Alameda Dr. Tree planting, care and a whole lot of
maintenance RSVP 685-7910
- Roadside trash collection in the Goleta
area, 2nd and 4th Saturdays from August through
October, and 1st and 3rd Saturdays in November
and December. Grabbers and bags provided. Call Don and Judy
Nason 964-4895 to RSVP
- Call Ed 964-7117 to participate in graffiti removal and
to report incidents in your area.
- Goleta Valley Beautiful award nominations -
Call 685-7910 . We^ll accumulate the nominations for
the annual awards. Call us if you are interested in contacting owners
and writing descriptions of properties.
- Part time summer internships (4 hours or more per week) for
high school and college students in the areas of office work assistance, grant
writing, tree inventory, greenhouse maintenance. Gain valuable experience
and receive community service hours. Positions available now!
Also part time paid Greenhouse internships (4 hours/week) available to
UCSB students only for the summer and fall. Call 685-7910 for details.
- Volunteers are needed to monitor and repair
the 56 Stagfecoach signs installed almost ten years ago by a coalition of local
groups including GVB. Wells Fargo is supporting the cost of doing maintenance to provide addition
support to the wooden posts. Call 685-7910 to participate.
Internet Tree Donation Sites Don’t Tell You
It seems like
everyone is offering to plant a tree if you buy their product, or they’ll
purchase a carbon credit for you. Please read the fine print before you
give your money to internet organizations who plant trees. Many have good
intentions, but please read the fine print before you give your money to
internet organizations. Investing in Goleta Valley Beautiful is better
for three reasons, 1) We’re local (which I assume you are since you are reading
this newsletter) and accountable because we live down the block from you,
2) we plant in public areas of the Goletta Valley, which means our trees will
be sequestering carbon for many decades, and 3) we take care of our trees after
they are planted because we depend upon you to help us. See our website
for ways to support
10 tons of mulch stolen
at Los Carneros Interchange-The 140 trees GVB platned last year at the Los
Carneros Interchange are gernally doing well, until we discovered last week
that the estimated ten tons of mulch that we have placed around all the trees
had disappeared. It turns out that the mulch material is great for
building nests and the local creatures lo9ved it so much that they took it away
from the trees. Unfortuantely with our hot summers, many of the trees are
feeling the effects of not having the mulch, so we will be watering this
Board positions open -We have two UCSB student positions open,
one San Marcos High position and one 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
updates- Check www.goletavalleybeautiful.org to
see archived copies of photos from past projects dating back to 2000. A
new website oriented to urban forests in the greater Santa Barbara County
region is being developed at www.caufc.org,
and specifically http://www.caufc.org/Regional%20Councils to
learn more about the Central Coast Region Urban Forest Council.
trees and treegators - Goleta Valley Beautiful offers a free
treegator (portable tree irrigator) upon request from any GVB donor member for
the care of their trees. We also offer a variety of native trees
including coast valley and live oaks, alders, cottonwoods, sycamores and other
assorted trees. Call us for further information at 685-7910.
planting 5 trees at the Sandpiper Apartments in Ellwood on Saturday morning
August 29th from 9 to noon. Come join us and the
residents in making affordable housing more green. This project is sponsored
through the support of the Alliance for Community Trees, the Home Depot
Foundation, the Goleta Home Depot Store, West Covina Nurseries, the UCSB
Coastal Fund, the Santa Barbara Foundation and the generous donations of
hundreds of Goleta Valley Beautiful Donor Members.
NeighborWoods affordable housing tree planting project is on October
during NeighborWoods month when we will be planting 42 trees at Positano
See website for
additional photos www.goletavalleybeautiful.org
Hours-Trees Planted-Trees Maintained
in the Sun-Ellwood School-1-2-0-0
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GVB/Cambridge Community Church litter collection crews
provided 17 service hours collecting 7 thirty-three gallon
garbage bags of roadside trash in July, for a 2009 cumulative total
of 203 hours and 86.5 bags of trash.
groups participating included: UCSB Honors
Program, Santa Barbara County Resource Recovery and Waste Division,
San Marcos High and Dos Pueblos High School.
for these events included: UCSB Coastal Fund, City of Goleta,
Green Park Foundation, GreenWorks!, the Alliance for Community Trees /Home
Depot foundation, Devereux of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
Foundation, Goleta Home Depot , Santa Barbara
County Hhabitat for Humanity and Santa Barbara Beautiful. and
hundreds of GVB donor members.
What Oprah knows for sure
Check page 168 of
the July 2009 issue of O. One of her favorite places to read is
underneath the huge oak tree in her Montecito backyard.
Support our Supporters
Please mention to
our supporters how much you appreciate their support of Goleta Valley beautiful. You can find the list
of our donor members at membership and
those who have supported our Stewards of Goleta Valley fundraising campaign.
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