Goleta Valley Beautiful News -    January 2010    


  The 2010 Goleta Valley Beautiful Membership Renewals are due January 1, 2010.  Please help support GVB with a donation of any amount.  


 

    

 GVB NEWS HEADLINES - STORIES BELOW  

  • Hinds and Coastal Fund grants support greenhouse renovation and continued operations
  • State Grant Uncertainty Delays GVB Projects
  • January Volunteer Calendar  It's Maintenance Month 
  • February workshops
  • 2010 Calendar Year Membership Renewal Fliers Mailed Did you get yours?
  • Goleta Urban Forest Management Plan-State of the Goleta Urban Forest Report December 18th Meeting 
  • Goleta Valley Beautiful News briefs
  • December/2009 Annual Volunteer Project Summary Evergreen volunteers
  • County Street Tree protection Procedures update

 


   

Hinds and Coastal Fund grants support  Devereux  greenhouse renovation /continued operations

The Hinds Foundation and the UCSB Coastal Fund have partnered with Goleta Valley Beautiful to help upgrade and operate the Devereux Greenhouse and Growing Grounds.  The Hinds Foundation provided a $27, 347 grant to replace 15 failing wooden tables with fiberglass tables equipped with bench warmers and micro irrigation with moisture sensors.  A thermostatically controlled ventilation system will also be installed at the Greenhouse, and portions of the 40+ year old polycarbonate panels will also be replaced.  Work on the Devereux Greenhouse renovations is scheduled to begin in January and take several months.  This is the first phase of a long term project to completely renovate the Greenhouse, owned by Devereux of California.

The UCSB Coastal Fund continued is ongoing support for the operation of the Devereux Growing Grounds with a $7500 grant for supplies and interns.  This is the fourth year that UCSB Coastal Fund, an organization supported by student fees, has provided funding for 16 student internships over the Winter and Spring terms.  Funds have also been provided for the purchase of soil, irrigation supplies and organic fertilizer to continue the organic 2000 tree growing grounds at Devereux.  The Coastal Fund had previously provided funding for a chipper and tools to assist in GVB making our own compost to assist in making operations more sustainable.   GVB is indebted to both the Hinds Foundation and the UCSB Coastal Fund for their generous support     

State Grant Uncertainty Delays GVB Projects

The free street tree program offered by Goleta Valley beautiful is temporarily on hold until CalFire, our primary tree grant funder, releases state grant funds for tree planting purposes.  As you know, the State financial situation has resulted in many bond funded projects to be delayed, including our tree planting grants.   Even though GVB grows many of its own trees that we plant, there are more costs to plant and maintain the trees than our sponsors and donor members can provide, so we still have to depend upon State grant programs to continue our public tree planting and care.. We anticipate that the State will get their finances straightened out, so we are still taking requests for street trees in the City of Goleta.   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. 


January 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 

Sat.  Jan 2,  9 am to Noon  Mountain View Elementary School Meet at  5485 Queen Anne Lane.  Learn how to professionally prune young trees under the guidance of experienced, certified arborists. No experience needed, all tools provided, all work done from the ground. RSVP 685-7910

Sat.  Jan 2, 1 pm to 4 pm  - Young tree care at Devereux Greenhouse  and Growing Grounds . Caring for 2000 young trees.  Typical tasks involve planting acorns and seedlings for the next generation of oaks, pruning, irrigation maintenance, mulch and compost prearation, and repotting .    Meet at 6980 Falberg Dr on the Devereux Campus.   RSVP and Call for directions 685-7910

Sat.  Jan 9, 9 AM to Noon  -  Isla Vista School.   Meet at  6875 El Colegio Rd.   After working on the school campus, we will be relocating to restoration sites on the UCSB campus.  Learn how to professionally prune young trees under the guidance of experienced, certified arborists. No experience needed, all tools provided, all work done from the ground.  RSVP and Call for directions 685-7910

Sat.  Jan 9, 1 pm to 4 pm  - Young tree care at Devereux Greenhouse  and Growing Grounds . Caring for 2000 young trees.  Typical tasks involve planting acorns and seedlings for the next generation of oaks, pruning, irrigation maintenance, mulch and compost prearation, and repotting . Meet at 6980 Falberg Dr on the Devereux Campus.   RSVP and Call for directions 685-7910

Sat. Jan 16, 7:30 AM to 9 AM - San Marcos High School.  Meet at 4750 Hollister Avenue at the corner of Hollister and Turnpike.  Installing new plants in the school garden.  RSVP and Call for directions 685-7910

Sat.  Jan 16, 9 AM to Noon  -  Ellwood School.  Meet at  7686 Hollister Avenue After working on the Ellwood campus, we will be relocating to Brandon and Montessori schools.  Learn how to professionally prune young trees under the guidance of experienced, certified arborists. No experience needed, all tools provided, all work done from the ground.   RSVP and Call for directions 685-7910

Sat.  Jan 16, 1 pm to 4 pm  - Young tree care at Devereux Greenhouse  and Growing Grounds .Caring for 2000 young trees.  Typical tasks involve planting acorns and seedlings for the next generation of oaks, pruning, irrigation maintenance, mulch and compost prearation, and repotting .  Meet at 6980 Falberg Dr on the Devereux Campus.   RSVP and Call for directions 685-7910 Sat.

Mon, Jan 18, 9 AM to Noon - Kellogg School.  Meet at 475 Cambridge Drive.  Martin Luther King service day.  Learn how to professionally prune young trees under the guidance of experienced, certified arborists. No experience needed, all tools provided, all work done from the ground.  RSVP 685-7910

Sat.  Jan 23,  9 am to Noon Dos Pueblos High, meet at 7266 Alameda Faculty Parking Lot by the Distinguished School Sign.    Learn how to professionally prune young trees under the guidance of experienced, certified arborists. No experience needed, all tools provided, all work done from the ground. RSVP 685-7910

Sat.  Jan 23, 1 pm to 4 pm  - Young tree care at Devereux Greenhouse  and Growing Grounds . Caring for 2000 young trees.  Typical tasks involve planting acorns and seedlings for the next generation of oaks, pruning, irrigation maintenance, mulch and compost prearation, and repotting . Meet at 6980 Falberg Dr on the Devereux Campus.   RSVP and Call for directions 685-7910  

Sat.  Jan 30,  9 am to Noon  La Patera Elementary School, - meet at  555 La Patera Lane.   Learn how to professionally prune young trees under the guidance of experienced, certified arborists. No experience needed, all tools provided, all work done from the ground.  RSVP 685-7910

Sat.  Jan 30, 1 pm to 4 pm  - Young tree care at Devereux Greenhouse  and Growing Grounds .   Caring for 2000 young trees.  Typical tasks involve planting acorns and seedlings for the next generation of oaks, pruning, irrigation maintenance, mulch and compost preparation, and repotting .   Meet at 6980 Falberg Dr on the Devereux Campus.   RSVP and Call for directions 685-7910   

  Litter Pickup

  • Roadside trash collection in the  Goleta area on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays .  Trash grabbers and bags provided by the City of  Goleta.  Call Don and Judy Nason 964-4895 to RSVP  

Graffiti Removal

  • Call 964-7117 to participate in graffiti removal and to report incidents in your area.   

 Award Nominations

  • Goleta Valley Beautiful award nominations - Call   Marvin Faucett at 967-3001, or GVB at  685-7910 .  We' re taking  nominations for the  May 2, 2010 annual awards.  Call us if you are interested in  helping us contact owners and write descriptions of properties.       

February Workshops- Mark the dates!

Friday February 5th - Nursery Guidelines - One of three workshops to be held statewide to discuss new nursery guidelines, this all day workshop will review the latest standards for growing container trees in nurseries.  Aimed primarily at the professional arborist but open to the public, this workshop will also include strategies on how to grow and recognize properly grown container trees.  Co sponsored by the Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (WCISA), UCSB's Cheadle Center For biodiversity and Ecological Restoration, and the Central Coast Chapter of the California Urban Forest Council.For registration information, contact WCISA Executive Director  Rose Epperson at  (714) 920-0849 .

Saturday February 6th - Young Trees: Planting, Pruning and Care Workshop - 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM Goleta Union School District Conference Room, 401 North Fairview Avenue $10 registration prior to February 6th.  Lunch Included.  Free Admission to current 2010 members of Goleta Valley Beautiful or the Central Coast Region California Urban Forest Council.   Open to all members of the public with an interest in trees and a desire to preserve and protect young shade trees. Sponsored by the Central Coast Region California Urban Forest Council, Goleta Valley Beautiful, City of Goleta, Goleta Union School District, Santa Barbara Secondary Schools District, CA ReLeaf.

Learn in a Hands-On Workshop Taught by Experienced Certified Arborists including Brian Kempf, Dougal House Jr., Bill Spiewak, Bill Millar, Ken Knight & Mark Broomfield .  They will demonstrate techniques that professionals use to care for young trees!  Youll participate in concise, practical sessions that will give you the working knowledge of correct pruning principles.  All work is done from the ground, no tree climbing is involved.   Emphasis is on public shade trees, with limited fruit tree pruning discussion.  An open book exam will review the basic concepts of tree care.  Afternoon participants will prune young trees on the campus of San Marcos High School as part of a supervised field examination. Participants are expected to participate in both the morning and afternoon sessions.    


Thanks for those 2010 Calendar Year Membership Renewals -Help us Keep Planting and Caring  

 

Why should you spend your hard earned dollars supporting  Goleta  Valley Beautiful?  Because of member support, we can leverage every dollar to earn an additional ten dollars.  And since we keep our administrative costs to below 15%, we maximize your dolarrs to spend  directly on programs.  So every dollar you donate is important, and no donation is too small. 

 

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.  Select the Store button under Support GVB on the website, and buy a membership    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.  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.     

 

Thanks to Henry and Dundie Schulte for joining the select group of Stewards of Goleta Valley donors, inlcuding the Bacara  Resort and Spa, Marborg Industries, Sares-Regis, Rabobank, Holman Property Co., Nancy and Ken Knight, Jeff Cotter, Kathy Lucien, Phebe Mansur, Robin Cederlof and Nicholas Priester III.

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 City of Goleta Urban Forest Management Plan -  December 18th Meeting

 

On Wednesday December 16th at 6:00 PM in the Goleta City Council chambers, the City of Goleta heard 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 all of the public and private trees within the City.  A copy of this report is 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 is funded by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, along with matching contributions from the City of Goleta and Goleta Valley Beautiful.  The City is still seeking comments on the State of the Goleta Urban Forest Report.  Additional meetings are tentatively scheduled at Goleta City Hall Council chambers on January 27 th to discuss a draft of the next report in the process of preparing an UrbanForest Management Plan for the City of Goleta. For additional information, please contact  City of Goleta Arborist Bill Millar at 968-6848.  


   

Goleta Valley Beautiful  News Briefs 

Another bequest to GVB  GVB Executive Director Ken Knight has become the third person, along with Merlyn Cummings and Al Turnbull, to make a bequest to Goleta Valley BEautiful as part of his estate.  Mr. Knight is picutured above with Home Depot foundation  President Fred Wacker receiving the  NeighborWoods award  at the Partner's in Community Forestry National Conference in Portland on November 10th.  Bequests invest in the future of Goleta Valley Beautiful.  To learn more about how you can participate, call 685-7910   

 All Winter term intern positions have been filled for the Devereux Greenhouse, and for the Urban Forest Management Plan.  Contact Ken Knight at 685-7910 for more information  about intern positions for spring (April-June) and summer (June-August) . 

- Longtime Goleta Valley Beautiful Webmaster Thom Myall has retired from his position.  Thom has kept our website up to date for the last five years since leaving his position as Board member.  We've been lucky to have Thom's expertise for so long.  Thank you for your service, Thom.

- New Board Member Richard Jenkins joined the Board in November after retiring from UCSB.  Richard brings a long history of active service in many local nonprofit organizations, so we are very fortunate to have his energy and expertise to our organization.  

 -Shopping at Albertsons? Help them donate to GVB at no cost to you! -  GVB is a Community partner to Albertsons, and if you are registered with Albertsons, every time you shop there with your Preferred card, Albertsons will donate a percentage of your grocery total to GVB.  Its that easy.  To signup, see our website, or call us at 685-7910 and well walk you through the process.     

 - Website updates  -  Check www.goletavalleybeautiful.org to see archived copies of photos from past projects dating back to 2000.  

- County Street Tree Policy Update - Goleta Valley Beautiful representatives met with County Pulbic Works staff to review potential changes to street tree removal procedures.  Discussions with staff are still underway.  Additional street tree policies may have to be reviewed with the County's Tree Board, a role of the County Board of Supervisors.  


 December  Volunteer Project  Summary   

  

See website for additional photos www.goletavalleybeautiful.org

 Date                        Event                                           Volunteers    Service Hours      Trees Planted       Trees Maintained

12/5 Sat AM            Dos Pueblos HS Tree Care                31                    93                                                        75

12/5 Sat PM            Cathedral Oaks Median                      2                      6                            6

12/11 Fri AM           Cathedral Oaks and Storke medians  2                      8                            6

12/12 Sat AM          Greenhouse                                        3                      9

12/19 Sat AM          Greenhouse                                        3                      9

 

Totals                                                                               41                   125                           12                        75                   

 -The GVB/Cambridge Community Church litter collection crews provided 9.5  service hours collecting 4 thirty-three gallon garbage bags of roadside trash in December, for a 2009 cumulative total of 330.5 hours and 142 bags of trash. 

-Volunteer groups participating in  December tree care included:  Alpha Gamma Omega, Alpha Kappa Delta Phi, Beautify Dos Pueblos High students, staff and parents and leadership group, and Goleta Valley Beautiful . 

 -Sponsors for these events included: UCSB Coastal Fund, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, California ReLeaf, California Urban Forest council-Central Coast Chapter,  Camino Real  Marketplace, the Alliance for Community Trees /Home Depot Foundation,  Devereux of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Foundation,  Beautify Dos Pueblos, Santa Barbara Secondary School District, and hundreds of GVB donor members.


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