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Goleta Valley Beautiful News -     September 2010    


 Free street tree program continues for limited time period.  Reserve yours by calling 685-7910


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August 2010 activities


Sign up now for fall tree planting projects

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While GVB has tree care projects every weekend, there are a number of large scale projects coming up where we can use extra help.  These include;

September 25th Day of Caring at Dos Pueblos High School

September 29th Creek Week Tree Planting along Las Vegas Creek

October 9th NeighborWoods Community Project Tree Planting at Girsh Park

October 23th NeighborWoods Healthy Communitrees tree planting at Santa Barbara Montessori School (formerly El Rancho)

See sign up information below


Peter Shao Joins GVB Board, Other Internships and Board of Director Openings

Dos Pueblos High School Senior Pater Shao has joined the Goleta Valley Beautiful Board as the High School Representative.  Peter has been a long time volunteer at the school and during GVB events.

GVB has openings for paid internship positions including Researcher, Geographic Information System, Grant Writer/Finance, and Greenhouse/Growing Ground Interns for Fall 2010 and Winter 2011.  Internships may be taken for academic credit if available or a $300 stipend for a 40 hour variable schedule.  For more information check our website under Education, or e-mail kennethknight@cox.net with the position desired, resume/contact information, and class schedule.

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.


September 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:  Saturday afternoon sessions will resume in late September. 

Tree Care  

Sat. Sept 4, Labor Day Weekend, no projects

Sat. Sept 11, 9 AM to Noon – Cathedral Oaks Road East of Windsor on the south side.  Root shield installation and street tree planting.  All tools provided, no experience needed.  RSVP 685-7910  

Sat Sept 18,  9 AM to Noon Devereux Greenhouse and Growing Grounds-  Preparation for Day of Caring Planting.    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. Sept 25, 9 AM  to Noon  - Day of Caring -Meet at Dos Pueblos High School corner of Alameda Drive and Cathedral Oaks RoadTree Planting and care, general landscape maintenance.  All tools provided, no experience needed.  RSVP through United Way Day of Caring Coordinator at 965-8594

Sat. Sept 25, 9 AM  to Noon  - Day of Caring - Devereux Greenhouse and Growing Grounds-  Maintenance projects at the Devereux Greenhouse.  Meet at Greenhouse at 7975 Falberg Dr on the Devereux Campus.   RSVP and Call for directions 685-7910    RSVP through United Way Day of Caring Coordinator at 965-8594

Wed. Sept 29, 9 AM to Noon -  Creek Week Tree Planting along Las Vegas Creek.  Planting 5 trees and tree care.  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


Goleta Valley Beautiful News Briefs 

- Science Night and School Contact Volunteers needed – GVB would like to establish a contact at each Goleta Valley School to assist in communication about tree care on campus, and to involve students in educational programs such as Science Night and Arbor Day events.  Upcoming Science Nights include October 21 at Kellogg Elementary and October 28th at La Patera.  If you would like to be a school contact person for GVB, please call 685-7910 for details.

- On line donations and membership -  Everybody is doing it except Goleta Valley Beautiful members.  Our on line membership and donation tools have not been well used.  Our supporters have preferred the old fashioned method of using the US mail.  If there is a way we can make our on-line process more user friendly, please let us know.  FYI, thanks to all the recent membership renewals.  Please note we operate under a calendar year membership.    

- California Conservation Corp crews are continuing to assist GVB in monthly watering and weeding approximately 200 trees planted during Stimulus Grant funded and other GVB tree projects.  Additional planting projects are planned during the week of September 13th    

- 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. 

UCSB Coastal Fund supports  Summer Internships – Thanks to our summer interns Justin Galle, Jason Prado, Evan Gravelle, and David Kim.  We’re ready for a prolific fall planting season after our interns took such good care of our trees at the Devereux Greenhouse and Growing Grounds.

- GVB Website changes – Logan Franken has further 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.  We’ll also be adding some videos of past projects and educational programs.  Let us know if this works for you, and we can develop some made to order videos on your favorite topics.

-Works in Progress -   We’ll be announcing soon the date for the Project Learning Tree workshop, the date for the next Urban Forest management Plan public information meetings, and the completion of the Hind Foundation funded improvements to the Devereux Greenhouse.  Good things take time to complete.

- 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 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: In addition to our Dos Pueblos High School Honor Grove site, 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. 


  • August 2010 Activities

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

See website for additional photos www.goletavalleybeautiful.org  

Date                   Event                                                                       Volunteers    Service Hours      Trees Planted       Trees Maintained

Aug 7, Sat AM  Greenhouse/Goleta Girls Club                                         1                      3                         1

Aug 7, Sat AM  Dos Pueblos                                                                        2                      8

Aug 28, Sat AM Greenhouse                                                                       3                    18

Totals                                                                                                              6           &