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April 2011

Click here www.goletavalleybeautiful.org to see this newsletter on the web and to reserve online for the May 1st 37th Annual Goleta Valley Beautiful Awards


·        Winners Announced for the 37th Annual GVB Awards Event May 1st

·         Towbes Challenge Grant to Goleta Valley Beautiful

·    Sign Up for April 2011 Goleta Valley Beautiful Volunteer Events

·         The loss of two giants mourned

·    Goleta Valley Beautiful News Briefs

·         May 22nd Save the Date – 10th Annual Goleta Valley Heritage Tree and Garden Tour

·    March Goleta Valley Beautiful Events

Winners Announced for the 37th Annual GVB Awards Event May 1st

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Goleta Valley Beautiful Awards Chair Zea Bauer released the winners for the 37th Annual Goleta Valley Beautiful Awards.   The Awards event will occur Sunday May 1st from Noon to 2:30 at the Rancho La Patera and Stow House Gardens.  The Event will feature a barbeque lunch catered by Country Meat Market and a Silent Auction including a wide assortment of local merchant offerings as well as unique gift baskets.  Invitations will be mailed next week, or you can reserve a seat online for only $25 at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org.     For more information, call 685-7910.

2011 Awardees

Residential – 5344 Paseo Rio

Multi-Family – 6626 Picasso , Coronado Apartments

Sustainable – 944 N. Patterson

Homeowners Association – SunGate Ranch, Old San Marcos Road

Educational/Institutional – Pollock Theater , UCSB

Commercial – 6550 Hollister Avenue , Cottage Health System

Restoration – 600 Pine Avenue , ATK Space Systems

Parks/Open Space – 7300 Mirano Drive , Bella Vista Park

Historical Preservation – 300 N. Los Carneros Road, Goleta Depot

Orchard/Farm – Rancho Del Ciervo, N. Patterson

Open – Heritage Tree – Shamal Ash, San Jose Creek

Towbes Challenge Grant to Goleta Valley beautiful

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Michael Towbes has pledged up to $50,000 to Goleta Valley Beautiful in a challenge grant intended to inspire additional donations to GVB.  It is not surprising that Mr. Towbes would provide assistance in such a meaningful way, since he has been a generous supporter of our community in so many ways.

GVB welcomes donations of any amount and especially at this time when all donations will be matched by Mr. Towbes’ challenge grant. 


GVB also provides special recognition at the following levels:


            $5,000 Champion of the Good Land

              2,000 Guardian of the Good Land

              1,000 Steward of the Good Land

                 500 Friend of the Good Land


We ask you to consider becoming a Champion, Guardian, Steward or Friend of the Good Land for 2011 – with the knowledge that anything that you might choose to donate to GVB will be matched by Mr. Towbes and GVB will receive a doubled amount.


We ask you to take advantage of Mr. Towbes’ matching grant and join him in supporting the work of Goleta Valley Beautiful.

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Sign Up for April 2011 Goleta Valley Beautiful Volunteer Events

For all volunteer events….

Please RSVP for all events by sending an e-mail to kennethknight@cox.net  with your name, phone and e-mail, and the date, time and location of the volunteer event in which you would like to participate.  For questions before the event call Ken at 685-7910, and during the day of the event at 252-1952.

No experience necessary.  Goleta Valley Beautiful provides all tools and equipment.  Please wear old clothes you wouldn’t mind getting dirty and sturdy shoes – no open toes or flips please.  All work done from the ground.  Students, bring your community service forms to get signed for credit.  Families welcome as long as younger children are constantly supervised.

Sat, April 2, 9-12 – Street tree planting – Planting 9 trees at 4 sites beginning at 7625 Dartmoor Ave

Sat, April 2 1-4 – UCSB tree care – Meet at UCSB parking lot 37 Mesa Road, then walk to various sites on campus

Sat April 9, 9-12 – Tree planting at San Marcos High – Planting 10 trees on campus.  Meet at Turnpike side of San Marcos High

Sat, April 9, 1-4 – Tree care at Al Turnbull Grove.  Park at lot by fire station 14, 300 N. Los Carneros Rd and walk towards railroad depot to grove.

Sat, April 16, 9-12 – Tree planting at Dos Pueblos High – Meet at distinguished school sign at Dos Pueblos High

Sat, April 16, 1-4 – Devereux Greenhouse

Sat, April 23, 1-4 – Tree care and maintenance at Hollister 1 landscaping.  Meet at Goleta Girl’s Inc parking lot, 4973 Hollister Ave

Sat, April 30, 9-12 – Devereux Greenhouse projects with Mormon Helping Hands.   Meet at Devereux Greenhouse

Sat, April 30, 9-12 – Joint project with Habitat for Humanity’s Brush with Kindness program.  Tree planting and landscaping at 7512 Padova

Sat April 30, 1-4 – Preparation for Annual Event.  Meet at Devereux Greenhouse

Litter Pickup

Graffiti Removal


Earth Day Celebration at Alameda Park april 16 & 17


Goleta Valley Beautiful is teaming up with the Central Coast urban Forest Council to staff a table at the CEC Earth Day celebration at Alameda Park April 16 & 17 from 11 am to 6 pm.  Volunteers needed for 2 to 3 hour shifts to staff our table.  Call 685-7910 to volunteer.


Goleta loses two giants in March

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Thom Myall passed away peacefully at home on March 13th at the age of 69.  Last year, Thom was honored with the 2010 Golden Shovel Award in recognition of his lifetime of service to Goleta Valley Beautiful.   Thom served in many capacities for Goleta Valley Beautiful, including Board Member, Webmaster, awards judge, urban forestry chair, Fire Safe Council representative, tree tour organizer and maintenance and inventory of the Stagecoach signs.  He retired from the Forest Service in 2000 as Chief, Fire Management for the Los Padres National Forest and then came to work with Goleta Valley beautiful.  We will miss him greatly.


Goleta also lost one of its largest and oldest Coast Live Oak trees located in the Lake Los Carneros Preserve.  The tree was damaged by storms and lost one of its main scaffolds.  However when it was reviewed and measured by Arborist Dan Condon as part of our Heritage Tree Survey last month, Dan said the tree needed work but was definitely salvageable.  City contract crews cut down the remaining portion of the oak in mid March without any review process.  While the City is responsible for resolving health and safety concerns, the process for exercising and documenting this authority is not clear and not open to public review.  This issue needs to be addressed.  


Goleta Valley Beautiful News Briefs

-       California Urban Forest Council Announces Free 2011 Membership – Goleta Valley Beautiful members also receive free 2011 membership in the California Urban Forest Council.  The California Urban Forest Council is the nation’s oldest urban forest council, sustaining and expanding California’s urban forests to make our communities healthier and stronger.  Check out their website at www.caufc.org

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-   GVB Event Sign – Ever have problems finding the GVB event location?  We now have a sign to help identify our location, in case you can’t see our one ton white box Goleta Valley Beautiful truck.

- Goleta Valley Heritage Tree Study – Arborist Dan Condon has returned to Michigan and Intern Tiffany Armstrong has  finished entering data on the Google Earth map.  We’re doing the final review of the data and hope to have it ready for the website soon.  So far we’ve identified 90 trees primarily in 3 major groves, but we’ve just lost one at Los Carneros so we’re down to 89.   If you have a favorite tree you think we should consider, please send us a photo or give us a call.   

- Goleta Urban Forest Management Plan   – A review of the Urban Forest Management Plan is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday April 19th.  If you have questions, check it out on the City’s website or contact Bill Millar at 968-6848 for further information. 

- Free Street Trees - Preaching to the Choir – We keep telling you about our free street program supported by a grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.  But it’s like preaching to the choir.  We need you to tell your neighbors.  Just about every time we plant a tree in a neighborhood, a neighbor comes strolling by and says “Hey, can I get in on that?”  Please save us some time and talk to your neighbor today.    If you would like to arrange for a street tree to be planted in the parkway in front of your property, and you are willing to water it for the first several years while it is getting established, please give us a call and we’ll work with City of Goleta officials to provide you a tree free of charge.   We are now taking orders for trees to be installed in May.  

- Honor Trees Are a Great Way to Remember Loved Ones: Honor trees come with a certificate that can be sent to the honoree.  In addition to our Dos Pueblos High School Honor Grove site, GVB can also plant Honor Trees on any private sites.  Any trees planted on private property require someone to assume responsibility to provide ongoing maintenance.   For more information, call 685-7910. 

- Goleta Valley Beautiful Wish List:  Please call GVB at 685-7910 if you can help with our wish list posted on our website www.goletavalleybeautiful.org


May 22nd – 10th Annual Goleta Valley Heritage Tree and Garden Tour

Goleta Valley Beautiful once again teams up with the Goleta Valley Historical Society to present a tour of the great treasures of Goleta Valley.  This year we’ll be visiting some new sites, including Edgar Stow’s Lab on La Patera Ranch, and in depth look at planned improvements to the Stow House Gardens, a tour of the History Education Center, and newly discovered  Heritage Trees and Trees of significance uncovered by GVB’s Heritage Tree Project.  SBCC Professor Emeritus Jerry Sortomme  will return as our popular guide and bring his fascinating storehouse of horticultural knowledge. 

We salute Santa Barbara Airbus for their tenth year of sponsoring this tour.  For more tour information, call 685-7910.  

March Goleta Valley Beautiful Events

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See website for additional photos www.goletavalleybeautiful.org  

Date                            Event                                                                                                  New Trees Planted   Replacement Trees    Trees Maintained Volunteers    Service Hours     

Thurs, Mar 3             Hollister Elementary Science Night                                                                                                                                                                5                   16

Sat, Mar 5 AM          El Camino/Hollister Pruning                                                                                                                                                64                    16                   62

Sat, Mar 5 PM           Greenhouse                                                                                                                                                                                                      1                      3

Tues, Mar 8 AM        Kellogg Ranch                                                                                               1                                                                                                2                     5

Wed, Mar 9 AM        Ellwood School – Arbor Week                                                                    1                                                                                              60                    30

Wed, Mar 9 PM        Kellogg School – Arbor Week                                                                     1                                                                                              375                  150

Wed, Mar 9 PM        El Camino School – Arbor Week                                                                1                                                                                              75                    39

Thurs, Mar 10 AM   La Patera School – Arbor Week                                                                 1                                                                                              100                  50

Fri, Mar 11 AM         Brandon School – Arbor Week                                                                   1                                                                                              150                  75

Fri, Mar 11 AM         Foothill School – Arbor Week                                                                     1                                                                                              300                  150

Fri, Mar 11 PM         Isla Vista School – Arbor Week                                                                   1                                                                                              40                    20

Sat, Mar 12 AM        Dos Pueblos High                                                                                          6                                                                                              22                    71

Sat, Mar 12 PM         Goleta Union School District – Arbor Week                                              1                                                                                              5                      15

Sat, mar 19 AM         San Marcos High                                                                                           9                                                                                              13                    41

Sat, Mar 19 PM         Girsh Park                                                                                                                                                                             22                    2                      6

Sat, Mar 26 AM        City street trees root shield installation                                                                                                                                                       3                      7

Sat, Mar 26 PM         City street trees root shield installation                                                                                                                                                       1                      5

Wed, Mar 30 AM      Alpha                                                                                                              2

March Totals                                                                                                                                     26                                                                    86                    1165                729

The Cambridge Church trash collection crew collected  20 bags of trash with 10.5 volunteer hours this month bringing the 2011 totals to 29 bags and 56.5 hours.

-Volunteer groups participating in March tree care included:   Dos Pueblos High students, parents leadership and staff, Vandenberg Air Force Base, UCSB Alpha Pi Sigma, Lebanese Club, Pi Alpha Phi, UCSB Alpha Tau Omega, Los Prietos Boys Camp, San Marcos High students and Goleta Valley Beautiful 

-  Sponsors for this month’s events include California ReLeaf, the Central Coast Urban Forest Council,  the Santa Barbara County Resource Recovery and Waste Division, UCSB Coastal Fund, Devereux of Santa Barbara, City of Goleta, Beautify Dos Pueblos,  Santa Barbara Secondary Schools, Cal Fire,   San Marcos High,   Yardi, Inc., West Covina Nurseries,   San Marcos Growers,  Dos Pueblos High, Goleta Union School District, Towbes Foundation, Alliance for Community Trees/ Home Depot Foundation, Hollister School, Channel City Lumber, Crop Production Services and Project Learning Tree.



Renewing Members

Beverly Balash, Claire Bishop, Mignon Bradley, Scott Bull, Community West Bank, David Gress, Roseann Hill, Gerald Hyde, Susan Loberg, Maravilla and Dundie Schulte.

Support our Supporters

Thanks to generous discounts from West Covina Nurseries, San Marcos Growers, Crop Production Services, Channel City Lumber, and numerous other local merchants. Please mention to our supporters how much you appreciate their support of Goleta Valley Beautiful.  You can find the list of our donor members at http://www.goletavalleybeautiful.org/Membership.asp  .   

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