GVB logo 12-4-09.jpg                         Goleta Valley Beautiful News -     August 2010    

GVB on a summer schedule in August, thus a shorter newsletter.  Volunteer opportunities available - Check the Volunteer Calendar-


Towbes Foundation Supports GVB Project Learning Tree Education Program for Teachers

The Towbes Foundation awarded a $3500 grant to Goleta Valley Beautiful for our Project Learning Tree teacher training program.  Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12. Led by Certified Instructor Ken Knight, the Project Learning Tree Program provides curriculum based math and science lesson plans.  The lesson plans reference many tree themes that can be readily incorporated into school curriculum.  A special project learning tree one day training will be announced soon.  Much of the grant will go towards teacher stipends allowing them to pay for replacement teachers for the time that they are out of the classroom.  More information will be available in next month’s newsletter.  If you know of a public or private teacher or educator that may be interested in this program, please have them call GVB at 685-7910.  You can also check out the Project Learning Tree website at  http://www.plt.org.         

Goleta Council Accepts First Documents Leading to an Urban Forest Management Plan

On July 20th, the Goleta City Council authorized City staff to proceed with the development of an Urban Forest Management Plan.  The Council reviewed two documents prepared with the assistance of GVB, which included the State of the Goleta Urban Forest, and Goleta Urban Forest Guidelines.  Staff is now busy working with Goleta Valley Beautiful to develop a draft Urban Forest management Plan that will be discussed in public workshops before returning to Council for further consideration.  Copies of the two current documents are available on the city of Goleta Community Services Department Parks/Urban Forest website.  To be put on the mailing list for information about upcoming public meetings about the draft plan, please contact City Arborist Bill Millar at 968-6848.   

August 2010 Volunteer Calendar    

No experience needed, all tools provided. All volunteer opportunities 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.  

NOTE:  The volunteer program summer calendar in July and August will have Saturday morning sessions only.  Saturday afternoon sessions will resume in September. 

 Tree Care  

Sat Aug 7,  9 AM to Noon - 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 

Sat. Aug 14, 9 AM  to Noon  - Dos Pueblos High School tree care.  Meet at 7266 Alameda Drive.  Learn young tree care and irrigation techniques from a certified arborist.  All tools provided, no experience needed.  RSVP 685-7910.

Sat.  Aug 21 ,  9 AM to Noon - 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  

Sat.  Aug 28 ,  9 AM to Noon - 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 

- GVB Development consultant Jeff Cotter recently accepted a position as Development Director for Allan Hancock College.  We wish him well in his new position but it will not leave him time to continue his work with us.  GVB is currently looking for a part time Development consultant.  Interested applicants should contact GVB at 685-7910.

- Sexton House Historical Trees Surveyed – As part of an upgrade to the Pacifica Suites landscaping, SBCC Professor Emeritus Jerry Sortomme and GVB Certified Municipal Specialist Arborist ken Knight worked with Pacifica Suites General Manager Alan Hurd to inventory and document the historical and significant specimen trees on the grounds of the old Joseph Sexton Nursery.  A brochure about the historical tree sites there is under development.   

- Original 1981 Goleta Depot Lease to Goleta Beautiful Conveyed to Goleta Valley Beautiful –Long time Goleta Valley Beautiful Supporter Charles Eckert was going through his old files and sent us the original documents from 1981 when Goleta Beautiful (as it was known as then) took possession of the Goleta Depot, thus saving it for posterity.  The Depot was later conveyed to the Institute for American Research.  The documents reveal a bit of Goleta History, and how Goleta Valley beautiful started.  To see the documents, give us a call.

- GVB Board changes meeting days an times – After many years of meeting on the first Friday of the month at 7 AM, the GVB Board has decided to change the meeting time to the first Wednesday of the month from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM, at the Sexton House first floor meeting room at Pacifica Suites.  GVB has openings for a graduate student, and a general member to sit on the Goleta Valley Beautiful Board of Directors beginning in September 2010.  For qualifications and application information, call 685-7910.

UCSB Coastal Fund supports  Summer Internships – Welcome to new Devereux Greenhouse summer intern David Kim, sponsored by the UCSB Coastal Fund.  David is shown here adding worm castings to our organically grown trees at the Devereux Greenhouse and Growing Grounds

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- GVB Website changes – Logan Franken has updated the Google Earth map of GVB planted trees at our local schools.  Check it out under our Education section at our website and let us know what you think of this work in progress.

- 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.    Goleta Valley residents can receive a free street trees through the California ReLeaf ARRA program,  and the Green Trees for the Golden State program through the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.   The property owner will be asked to water and monitor the tree for the first two years of its establishment.  GVB also offers to our members a variety of free 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

 - Honor Trees Are a Great Way to Remember Loved Ones: Although public planting sites are limited, GVB can also plant Honor Trees on any private sites as well as public.  Any trees planted on private property require someone to assume responsibility to provide ongoing maintenance.  For more information, call 685-7910. 

It Takes Two Years to Plant a Tree

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California Conservation Corp crews are assisting GVB in watering and weeding approximately 200 trees planted during Stimulus Grant funded and other GVB tree projects.  While everyone likes to plant new trees, it takes about two years for new trees to get established.  Despite our rather cool summer, regular watering of all new trees, including our natives, is necessary during the six months of no rain.  Continuing tree care is necessary to keep our urban forest growing.

Most student volunteers are out of town during the summer, so we appreciate the good work of UCSB summer interns, CCC crews and occasional traveling volunteers from Vandenberg Air Force Base to keep us green.

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See website for additional photos www.goletavalleybeautiful.org  

Date                   Event                                                                       Volunteers    Service Hours      Trees Planted       Trees Maintained

7/1 Thursday     Goleta Valley JH Lunch Bunch                                       1                      3

7/6 Tuesday        ARRA Watering                                                                                                                                                   120

7/10 Sat AM       Tree Care – Dos Pueblos                                                  5                      15                                                          50

7/17 Sat AM       Greenhouse                       

7/24 Sat AM       Greenhouse                                                                        3                      9                     

7/31 Sat AM      Greenhouse

Totals                                                                                                              9                      27                                0                        170     

The Cambridge Church trash collection crew collected 9 bags of trash with 14.5 volunteer hours this month bringing the 2010 totals to 67 bags and 132 hours.

-Volunteer groups participating in June tree care included: Dos Pueblos High School, US Air Force 533rd TRS and Goleta Valley Beautiful . 

-Sponsors for these events included: American Recovery and Reinvestment Funds through California ReLeaf, UCSB Coastal Fund, the Hind Foundation, Devereux of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Foundation, Beautify Dos Pueblos, Santa Barbara Secondary School District, City of Goleta Community Services Department,  Goleta Union School District, and hundreds of GVB donor members.

Goleta Valley Beautiful Wish List

Please call GVB at 685-7910 if you can help with acquiring any of the following items, new or hardly used:

Folding pruning saws  - $25 each – we need up to 35

By Pass pruners  - $25 each we need up to 20

Non-kink 5/8 – ¾” garden hose, 50’/100’ lengths - $20 each

Leather gloves - $2 each

Non-chocolate granola bars - $15 for a box of 48

Outdoor shelves/cabinets (something that doesn’t rust)

Trencher – to install 2’ deep root shields

Compressor – for operating the equipment listed below

Stump grinder  - for removing old stumps so new trees can be planted

Jack hammer – for removing concrete so trees can be planted

Copier paper (recycled preferred) – 8 ½ x 11 – 40 reams needed

Wood chips for driving on – want a place to dump your load?

Spade shovels (fiberglass preferred) - $20 each – 30 needed

Compost – we can’t make our own fast enough

15 & 25-gallon containers - $4 - $5 each – hundreds needed

8’ round tree stakes - $3 each – hundreds needed

6’ square nursery stakes - $4 each – hundreds needed

Black plastic – heavy duty roll - $100+

Storage shed - $750+

Permanent GVB Office - Priceless

Support our Supporters

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