Goleta Valley Beautiful News
November 2009



Great trees require great responsibilities - we must care for the things we love


    GVB NEWS HEADLINES - STORIES BELOW

  1. State of the Goleta Urban Forest Report -November 18th Meeting
  2. November Volunteer Calendar
  3. New Options with 2010 Membership Renewals Coming This Month
  4. Goleta Residents Receive Free Street Trees Sponsored By California Releaf
  5. Goleta Valley Beautiful News briefs
  6. NeighborWoods Month Volunteer Project Summary
  7. New Board Member Profile- Robin Vercruse


State of the Goleta Urban Forest Report - November 18th Meeting


On Wednesday November 18th at 6:00 PM in the Goleta City Council chambers, 130 Cremona Dr in the rear, the City of Goleta will resume seeking community input on the development of an Urban Forest Management Plan. The primary focus of discussion will be to secure public feedback on the draft “State of the Goleta Urban Forest”. This report is a compilation of known facts about the City of Goleta Urban Forest, which is simply defined as allof the public and private trees within the City. A copy of this report will be available on the city of Goleta website (www.cityofGoleta.org) and at the Community Service Department office at 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B.
The preparation of this report, funded by the California Department of Forestry and fire Protection, was delayed by a six month expenditure restriction by State officials. The City is seeking to restart an Urban Forest Management Plan Advisory Committee to provide public review of research work over the next several months. For additional information, please contact Cityof Goleta Arborist Bill Millar at 968-6848.

November Volunteer Calendar



No experience 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.
    Tree Care
  1. Nov 7 am Brandon School - Plant 13 trees around multipurpose room - meet at 195 Brandon in front of the Multipurpose room
  2. Nov 14 am Dos Pueblos High - Plant 10 trees around Theater Arts Building and loop - meet at 7266 Alameda Faculty Parking Lot by the Distinguished School Sign
  3. Nov 14 pm Street Tree Pl;anting - meet at Dos Pueblos High Schoolmeet at 7266 Alameda Faculty Parking Lot by the Distinguished School Sign
  4. Nov 21 am - UCSB Arbor Day Celebration- Tree Care and Planting on Campus. Meet at Harder Stdium by CCBER Offices.
  5. Nov 21 pm - Street Tree planting - Tree planting on Amherst and Stow Canyon streets, among others. Meet at the corner of Amherst and Stow Canyon across from Goleta Valley High School
  6. Nov 28 - Thanksgiving- No projects scheduled
  7. Sat. Oct 3 , 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 685-7910
  8. Sat. Oct 3 1 pm - 4 pm - 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
  9. Sat. Oct 10 9 am to Noon - UCSB Tree Planting and Care . Meet at UCSB Central Stores parking lot #37 on Mesa Rd. RSVP and call for directions 685-7910
  10. Sat. Oct 10 , 1 pm - 4 pm - Street Tree Planting . Meet at Calle real and St. Charles Place . RSVP and Call for directions 685-7910
  11. Sat. Oct 17 - 9 am - Noon - Dos Pueblos High School . Meet at 7266 Alameda Drive. RSVP 685-7910
  12. Sat. Oct 17 - 1 pm - 4 pm - Tree Planting. Meet at Devereux Greenhouse and growing Grounds, 6980 Falberg Dr. RSVP and call for directions 685-7910
  13. Sat. Oct 24 - 9 am - Noon - NeighborWoods Event . Meet at Positano Apartments, 11 Camino de Vida, off Turnpike, next to Highway 101. RSVP 685-7910
  14. Sat. Oct 24 - 1 pm to 4 pm - NeighborWoods Event . Meet at Positano Apartments, 11 Camino de Vida, off Turnpike . RSVP 685-7910
  15. Wed. Oct 28 - 9 am - Noon - Street Tree Planting. Meet at Devereux Greenhouse and growing Grounds, 6980 Falberg Dr. RSVP and call for directions 685-7910
  16. Sat. Oct 31 - 9am - Noon - tree Planting and care. Meet at Devereux Greenhouse and growing Grounds, 6980 Falberg Dr. RSVP and call for directions 685-7910
  17. Sat. Oct 31 - 1 pm to 4 pm- tree Planting and care. Meet at Devereux Greenhouse and growing Grounds, 6980 Falberg Dr. RSVP and call for directions 685-7910
  18. Greenhouse - variable hours in October - call us to see when we are there - we can make a special weekday trip if you give us a couple of hours notice
  19. Litter Pickup
  20. Roadside trash collection in the Goleta area, 1st and 3rd Saturdays in November and December. Trash grabbers and bags provided by the City of Goleta Call Don and Judy Nason 964-4895 to RSVP
  21. Graffiti Removal
  22. Call 964-7117 to participate in graffiti removal and to report incidents in your area.
  23. 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.



New Options with 2010 Calendar Year Membership Renewals Coming This Month



We have a few new options for Goleta Valley Beautiful membership for calendar year 2010. We have a full time student membership option at $10. For those interested in paying on line, we now offer the option of using Pay Pal for 2010 memberships. As usual, it is not as important how much you give, but the fact that a donation of any amount shows your support of what we do. We’ll be sending out the membership letters to all current members this month. If you don’t get one or you misplace it, you can access it on our website www.goletavalleybeautiful.org . If you have any suggestions on how we can do things better, or if you have a nomination or a question, please include that in your membership response, or give us a call at 685-7910.

Goleta Residents Receive Free Street Trees Sponsored By California Releaf



GVB volunteers in October planted trees on parkways at St. Charles Place , Ancona Avenue, and Amherst. Volunteers will be planting more trees on Amherst and Stow Canyon in a few weeks. Your street could be next! GVB is taking orders to plant one of the following allowed species in your parkway at no cost to you if you qualify; Australian Willow, Arbutus, Chinese Pistache, Chinese Flame, Cape Chestnut, or Ginkgo. Unfortunately we have been unable to secure Chinese Parasol trees as no nurseries are currently supplying them. We have to take into consideration city requirements for the location of driveways, utility lines above and below ground, street lights, fire hydrants and distance to intersections. Even if you once had a tree in a location is no guarantee that you would be allowed to replant a new tree in the same place. We also get encroachment permits from the City, call Underground alert to find out what is under ground, and install root shields (they are really diverters) where needed. Give us a call at 685-7910 and well come check your property to see if you qualify. Aside from City requirements, the only other requirement is that you agree to water the tree once a week during extended dry periods over the next two years while the tree is getting acclimated. For residents in the unincorporated areas of Goleta Valley, although the free street tree program is not offered in your area right now, give us a call if you want a street tree and we'll find a way to get one for you. Free 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. Treegators hold 20 gallons of water and it is a convenient way to put the correct amount of water on your trees each week. GVB also offers to our members a variety of native trees for your own property including Island, Valley and Coast Live Oak, White Alder, Black Cottonwood, Sycamore, Torrey Pine, Redbud, Catalina Cherry, and other assorted trees. Call us for further information at 685-7910.

Goleta Valley Beautiful News Briefs



- NeighborWoods Month a Great Success – We still have a few more projects to go, but we want to give a special thank you to the Home Depot Foundation and to the Alliance for Community Trees for sponsoring the NeighborWoods events this month. Everyone looks great in their t-shirts and aprons! We are also appreciative of the news coverage we received from the Santa Barbara News Press and NoozHawk. Can’t have a press conference without them. And Kudos to our public officials and supporters who joined us on October 24th for our noontime celebration, including Jonathan Saul from Lois Capps Office, Susan Jordan representing 35th District Assemblyman Pedro Nava, 2nd District Supervisor Janet Wolf (not disguised as Supervisor Doreen Farr), Krista Willhite from Home Depot, Darla Mills from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and John Polanskey from the Housing Authority of Santa Barbara County, as well as our hard working GVB President David Fainer, Vice President Phebe mansur and Secretary Zea Bauer. Thank you all. - New Goleta Valley Beautiful Logo to be unveiled – The Board has updated the Goleta Valley Beautiful logo and you’ll be seeing it as part of the membership materials coming out this month. Let us know what you think. - Betty Rosness Honor Tree Dedication - On November 6th at 2 PM, a sycamore clone of the historic Goleta Witness Tree will be planted by GVB volunteers in honor of Betty Rosness at the Goleta Girls Inc. facility on Hollister Avenue. Betty will be honored for her instrumental role in the construction of the Goleta Girls Inc. facility. Betty was also a founding member of Goleta Valley Beautiful in 1974. For more information, contact Sam Alfano at 967- 0595 - Kitson Landscape Management, Inc Continues Support -Thanks to Kitson landscape Management for the use of their 1000 gallon water trailer. We used it again on October 15th to water the 140 trees we planted at the Southbound 101 Los Carneros Interchange off ramp. This is the last maintenance of the year for these trees now that winter rains are coming. - Website 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.

NeighborWoods Month Volunteer Project Summary



See website for additional photos www.goletavalleybeautiful.org
Date Event Volunteers Service Hours Trees Planted Trees Maintained
10/3/09 AM Los Carneros AM 12- 37 –0--12
10/3/09 Greenhouse PM 4—11--0 –0
10/10/09 UCSB Mesa Rd AM 15—47--5r –10
10/10/09 St. Charles, Ancona, Amherst Roots 11--27 -- 0 -- 0
10/15/09 Los Carneros Interchange South 1 – 6-- 7R –133
10/17/09 Dos Pueblos High – 21-- 67 -- 6 – 20
10/17/09 St. Charles, Ancona, Amherst 7 -- 15 -- 9 – 0
10/22/09 Kellogg Science Night 7 -- 25 -- 0 – 0
10/24/09 Positano Apartments AM 57 -- 171.5 -- 30 -- 0
10/24/09 Positano Apartments PM 40 -- 117 - 25 - 0
Totals - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 175 -- 523.5 -- 82 – 175

-The GVB/Cambridge Community Church litter collection crews provided 12 service hours collecting 6.5 thirty-three gallon garbage bags of roadside trash in October, for a 2009 cumulative total of 287.5 hours and 123.5 bags of trash.

-Volunteer groups participating in October tree care included: UCSB Honors Program, Dos Pueblos High School Leadership, Beautify Dos Pueblos, neighbors at St. Charles Place, Anacona, and Amherst, Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara, Black Pioneer Renaissance Organization, the Native Daughters of the Golden West Reinar Del Mar Parlor 126, El Camino Elementary, Kellogg Elementary, Goleta Valley Junior High, Theta Nu Kappa, Santa Barbara High School, Circle K, Pi Alpha Phi, La Colina Jr. High .

-Sponsors for these events included: UCSB Coastal Fund, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, City of Goleta, West Covina Nurseries, California ReLeaf, Camino Real marketplace, Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration(CCBER), Green Park Foundation, GreenWorks!, the Alliance for Community Trees /Home Depot Foundation, Devereux of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Foundation, Goleta Home Depot , Beautify Dos Pueblos Santa Barbara County Roads, Santa Barbara County Resource Recovery and Waste Division. and hundreds of GVB donor members.

New Board Member Profile- Robin Vercruse



The newest member of the GVB Board of Directors is Robin Vercruse. Robin is a Masters Degree candidate at UCSB’s Bren School pursuing a degree in Environmental Science and Management. Robin has 11 years of business experience spanning data and financial analysis, marketing, events management, and product management. We are fortunate to have her experience and enthusiasm on the Board. Another new member will be profiled next month.

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