Goleta Valley Beautiful News -    February 2010    

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  • February 6th  workshop- Free to 2010 GVB Donor Members Disney Give A day Eligible
  • February 5th Workshop 
  • Goleta Urban Forest Management Plan-State of the Goleta Urban Forest Report December 18th Meeting 
  • February  Award   
  • February Volunteer Calendar    
  • Goleta Valley Beautiful News briefs 
  • January event summaries


Saturday February 6th - Young Trees: Planting, Pruning and Care Workshop


NOTE: This event is eligible as a community service event for the Disney Give a Day, Get A Day Program (see GVB News Briefs below)

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, Pat Gladden, 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.    

Registration forms are available at the Goleta Valley Beautiful website www.goltetavalleybeautiful.org  by selecting Education and Press Releases or by cutting and pasting the following link; http://login.npwebsiteservices.com/goletavalleybeautiful/PressRelease.asp   For information, call 685-7910

Friday February 5th - Producing, Planting and Maintaining Quality Trees Workshop

Arboriculture starts in the nursery.  The importance of young tree structure both above and below ground has lead to the development of the Guideline Specifications for Nursery Tree Quality and the "Strategies for Producing High Quality Container Root Systems, Trunks, and Crowns."  The documents represent an effort to combine industry input with the most recent, tested scientific practices to address nursery tree quality and production. Producing, Planting, and Maintaining Quality Trees has been designed to apply the principles listed in the documents to practice.  Its a great workshop for all levels of tree care professionals and others who care for trees.  

The Workshop will be held at the Loma Pelona Center, UCSB Campus at the end of Ocean Road, Santa Barbara, CA.  The workshop is sponsored by the Western chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, UCSB's Cheadle Center For biodiversity and Ecological Restoration, and the Central Coast Chapter of the California Urban Forest Council.  The workshop is oriented towards professionals in the field.  Cost is $90 for WCISA members and $120 for non-members.  For on-line registration information, go to www.wcisa.net or contact WCISA Executive Director Rose Epperson at (714) 920-0849 

City of Goleta Urban Forest Management Plan -  January  27th Meeting


On Wednesday January 27th at 6:00 PM in the Goleta City Council Chambers, the City of Goleta will continue to accept comments on the State of the Goleta Urban Forest, and the second report in the series entitled the Guiding Principles.  These reports will be used to prepare the Urban Forest Management Plan document.   Copies of these reports will be available following the Jan 27th meeting 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.  Additional meetings are tentatively scheduled at Goleta City Hall Council Chambers on February 17th or 24th, with a specific time to be determined at the Jan 27th meeting.   For additional information, please contact City of Goleta Arborist Bill Millar at 968-6848.  



February GVB Award 5814 Cathedral Oaks Road South Coast Church

Our monthly award program returns with the February award going to 5814 Cathedral Oaks, home of the South Coast Church in Goleta.  The outstanding landscaping and remodel is an ongoing project started in 2006.  The design and  work was done and paid for on a "pay as you go" basis by members of the church, which is headed by the Pastor Rino.


Three 100 year old Olive trees anchor the landscaping, which along with the rock hardscape and antique fountains transport you into the countryside of Tuscany.  300 year old Cherokee tile surrounds the doorways and the tile roof support posts are surrounded by unique pots with climbing roses.  A meandering cobblestone path takes one past fruit trees, a grape arbor, a herb garden along with flax and sago palms and a small grass lawn , which replaced a large grass lawn cutting their water use in half..


To nominate a property for a Goleta Valley Beautiful award, contact Marvin Faucett at 967-3001, or GVB at  685-7910.  Nominations for monthly awards are accepted at any time, however the closing date for ourannual award nominations is February 28th.  Annual award presentations will occur at our M y 2, 2010 annual awards event at the Stow House Gardens.  Call us if you are interested in  helping us contact owners and write descriptions of properties.        


February 2010 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. Feb 6, 8:30 AM to 3 PM Young Tree Care Workshop Meet in the morning at the Goleta Union School District Board Room, 401 N. Fairview followed by an afternoon session at San Marcos High School, 4750 Hollister Avenue at the corner of Hollister and Turnpike.  Advance registration required for this full day event.  See article in this newsletter or call for information at 685-7910

Sat.  Feb 13, 9 AM to Noon - Goleta Valley Junior High School.  Meet at 6100 Stow Canyon Road After working on the GVJH campus, we will be relocating mid morning to St. Vincents at 4200 Calle Real.  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.  Feb 13, 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.

Sat.  Feb 20, 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.  Feb 20, 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.  Feb 27, 9 am to Noon  Foothill  Elementary School, - meet at 711 Ribera Drive.   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.  Feb 27, 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.     




Goleta Valley Beautiful  News Briefs 

Disneys  Give a Day, Get A Day campaign to get more people involved in community service is dramatically increasing the number of GVB volunteers.  If you want to participate, go to www.disneyparks.com and register for a community service opportunity with GVB and earn a free ticket to Disneyland.  Please read the fine print, as you must register with Disney before you volunteer in order to qualify for a ticket.   


 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) . 


- Science Nights are scheduled for Jan 28th at Foothill, and Feb 25th at El Camino School.  GVB will be unveiling a new Google Earth map showing the location of GVB trees planted around the Goleta Valley.  Were in the midst of a several year project to map all of our tree sites in rder to develop a better management plan for them.   


- Were still looking for a webmaster to step into Thom Myalls shoes after he retired from the position last month.  Let us knowif you have interest/talents in this area. 


 - Albertsons announced they are ending their Community Partner grant program effective January 31st.  GVB has received many hundreds of dollars of donations from this program over the past several years.  The proceeds were used to support our educational programs, including our Science Night activities  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.     


- 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

 December  Volunteer Project  Summary   


See website for additional photos www.goletavalleybeautiful.org

 Date                Event                                                  Volunteers    Service Hours      Trees Planted       Trees Maintained

1/3 Sat AM        Mt. View                                                    5                    15                        0                                25

1/3 Sat PM        Greenhouse                                               3                     9                        0                                  0

1/9 Sat AM        Isla Vista/Mesa Road                                37                 111                        1                                60

1/9 Sat PM        Greenhouse                                             35                  105                        0                                 0

1/16 Sat AM      San Marcos High                                      24                   40                        9                                  0

1/16 Sat AM      Ellwood/Brandon Schools                        68                 204                       13                               45

1/16 Sat PM      Greenhouse                                             32                   96                        0                                  0

1/23 Sat AM      Dos Pueblos High                                    129                389                        0                               125

1/23 Sat PM      Greenhouse                                              38                115                        0                                  0

Totals                                                                              371                984                        23                              255 


 -The GVB/Cambridge Community Church litter collection crews provided  10.5  service hours collecting 6 thirty-three gallon garbage bags of roadside trash in  January , for a  2010  cumulative total of  10.5  hours and 6 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 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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