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July 2011

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·        Goleta Urban Forest Management Plan Approved by the Goleta City Council  

·        Sign Up for July 2011 Goleta Valley Beautiful Volunteer Events

·        $25,000 for a shade structure – or plant a tree?

·        UCSB Coastal Fund Partners with Goleta Valley Beautiful to Support Native Trees for Public Places

·        Goleta Valley Beautiful News Briefs

·         GVB Helps You Learn the Joy of Planting a Tree  

·        June Goleta Valley Beautiful Volunteer Events Feature Mentor Corporation/United Way

Goleta Urban Forest Management Plan Approved by the Goleta City Council  

The Goleta City Council approved the Goleta Urban Forest Management Plan at their 6/7/11 meeting.  The Goleta Community Development Department staff contracted with Goleta Valley Beautiful to assist in the preparation of the Plan. The Plan includes a number of policies that reflect the current state of the art in urban forestry, including policies that recognize the soil volume requirements of different types of trees, canopy coverage objectives, and urban wood reuse objectives, among others.    


The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection provided the $80,000 funding for the Plan with financing from Proposition 40.  The City of Goleta and Goleta Valley Beautiful also provided $109,854 local matching funding in support of the Plan.


The four year process in the development of the Plan included two major supporting documents, including The State of the Goleta Urban Forest, and the Goleta Urban Forest Guidelines Report. The State of the Goleta Urban Forest provided a snapshot of the current conditions of the Goleta urban forest.  The Guidelines report examined the issues of the urban forest management planning effort in greater depth, and reviewed the state of the practice for urban forest management plans.


While the Goleta Urban Forest Management Plan provides extensive administrative direction to City staff, the next step in the Plan will be to enact ordinances to codify specific policies, such as the creation of a tree advisory board and a heritage tree protection ordinance.   The final draft of the Plan is undergoing final formatting revisions, but a copy of the version acted upon by the City Council can be found at www.CityofGoleta.org on the 6/7/11 Council Agenda Item G2. 

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Sign Up for July 2011 Goleta Valley Beautiful Volunteer Events

We’re on our summer schedule with Saturday morning events from 9 to Noon, usually meeting at the Devereux Greenhouse unless we designate otherwise.  We cut back on our tree planting (with some notable exceptions) but we are still out there watering and caring for new trees, and growing trees at the Devereux Greenhouse

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.

Wed., July 6 AM, 9 to noon - Tree Planting - Braddock House, Housing Authority of Santa Barbara County Offices, 5525 Armitos Avenue in Old Town Goleta.

Thur., July 7,  –11:30 AM  to 1:30 PM - United Way ‘Fun in the Sun’ Program at the Devereux Greenhouse.  GVB volunteers will be taking children on a tour of the Devereux Greenhouse and doing a few programs involving trees.  If you have a few hours to spend with some deserving children, please let us know.  No experience is necessary, bit it helps to have a lot of enthusiasm!

Sat, July 9, 9 to Noon – 9 to noon - Tree Planting - Braddock House, Housing Authority of Santa Barbara County Offices, 5525 Armitos Avenue in Old Town Goleta.

Sat, July 9, 1-4 – Dos Pueblos High School Tree Care Meet at the Distinguished School Sign in the Parking Lot. Dos Pueblos is located at 7266 Alameda Avenue

Thur., July 14th – 11:30 to 1:30 PM United Way “Fun in the Sun” Program at the Devereux Greenhouse

Sat July 16, 9 to Noon – Greenhouse Tree Care – Meet at the Devereux Greenhouse

Sat, July 23, 9 to Noon – Greenhouse Tree Care – Meet at the Devereux Greenhouse

Sat, July 30, 9 to Noon – Greenhouse Tree Care – Meet at the Devereux Greenhouse

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 as soon as you see it.     

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$25,000 for a shade structure – or plant a tree?

The June 30th USA Today cover story “Shade – the Great Kids’ cover up” highlighted the problems of a lack of shade at children’s playgrounds, and the growing risk of skin cancer to children.  The solution? - a 30’ x 40’ shade structure at a cost of $25,000.  The Shade Foundation of America , a national organization devoted to protecting children from skin cancer, concentrates its efforts on shade covers.  After ten years, they have given out 155 covers.

Since 1974, Goleta Valley Beautiful invested in our children’s future with a cheaper, longer-lasting, and sustainable option for shade – plant shade trees.  The average midsized shade tree canopy covers about 30’ after about ten years.  Fortunately the leaders of the Goleta and Santa Barbara School Districts have recognized the value of green campuses and work closely with Goleta Valley Beautiful in planting over 1400 trees on school campuses over the last ten years.  Unlike other areas of the country, we don’t have to wait long for our children to have shade.   

UCSB Coastal Fund Partners with Goleta Valley Beautiful to Support Native Trees for Public Places



The UCSB Coastal Fund, a student financed organization, recently announced a grant of $6,390 to Goleta Valley Beautiful, an environmental and educational community service nonprofit.  The grant supports growing native trees at the Devereux Greenhouse that will eventually be planted at schools, parks, streets and other public areas of the Goleta Valley.  The grant provides for a ½ time student  Greenhouse Manager this summer, 8 Fall part time student interns, and Greenhouse supplies. The grant will leverage other grants to support more public tree planting, which helps improve coastal areas by reducing and cleaning storm water runoff, improving air quality, and sequestering carbon to reduce greenhouse gases.


UCSD student take the lead in managing and implementing tree care project under the supervision of Certified Municipal Arborist Ken Knight.  Mr. Knight serves as Executive Director of Goleta Valley Beautiful and is responsible for establishing thousands of public trees throughout the Goleta Valley.  Students interested in participating in this project can contact Scott Bull at 893-5166.  

Goleta Valley Beautiful News Briefs

- Deckers and Mentor Step Up to the Towbes Challenge Grant As a result of the Towbes Challenge Grant, two more local institutions have contributed to GVB’s Fundraising efforts. We appreciate their support.

- Executive Director Ken Knight adds qualifications-   Ken Knight has completed the rigorous examinations for two prestigious professional associations.  Ken is now a Registered Consulting Arborist #507, one of only 3 in Santa Barbara County. There is no higher authority in the arboricultural profession—nor a more objective voice—than a Registered Consulting Arborist® (RCA) on matters involving the health, legal, environmental and aesthetic considerations of trees. RCA's are routinely called upon for expert testimony, damage assessment and appraisal, municipal and commercial landscape planning and development, tree preservation, hazard assessment and other situations requiring the utmost expertise and professionalism.  To become an RCA, you must meet stringent requirements for technical education and experience, successfully complete the requirements of the rigorous Consulting Academy, and produce a series of consulting reports that meet strict professional review standards.  The Consulting Academy's curriculum follows a case study format and is taught by a nationally recognized faculty. Its courses investigate key areas of consultation skills: technical writing and report presentation; mediation; forensics; consulting ethics; and practice management.

Ken has also met the requirements of the Tree Risk Assessment in Urban Areas and the Urban/Rural Interface Course and is now qualified as a Certified Tree Risk Assessor by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture.

- GVB Offers Support to UCSB for Tree Campus USA Award nominationGVB appeared before the UCSB Landscape Committee in June to offer support in preparing an application for a Tree Campus Award for UCSB.   The Tree Campus USA program recognizes college and university campuses that: effectively manage their campus trees, develop connectivity with the community beyond campus borders to foster healthy, urban forests, and strive to engage their student population utilizing service learning opportunities centered on campus, and community, forestry efforts.  GVB has pledged to assist UCSB in meeting the five standards developed by the National Arbor Day Foundation to promote healthy trees and student involvement.  The UCSB Landscape Committee is currently reviewing the proposal.

-     California Urban Forest Council Free 2011 MembershipGoleta 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

- Free Street Trees –    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 public officials to provide you a tree free of charge.   We’ll begin planting as soon as we have enough orders to justify renting a trencher to put in root shields next to the sidewalk.

- 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

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GVB Helps You Learn the Joy of Planting a Tree  

Thanks to generous support from the Santa Barbara Foundation, Yardi, Inc, and the Towbes Foundation, among others, we are continuing our efforts to work with at-risk youth, special needs, job development, and affordable housing organizations to promote the joy of planting a tree.  If your organization would like to be involved, please let us know at 685-7910.

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June Goleta Valley Beautiful Volunteer Events Feature Mentor Corporation/United Way  

 -June was a slow tree planting month as usual,  but we spent a lot of time on the equally important task of taking care of trees.  The standout volunteer performance in June was the Mentor Corporation Team, organized through the United Way.  Mentor Corporation sent 18 volunteers for a full day to help Goleta Valley Beautiful complete a number of construction and needed maintenance projects at the Devereux Greenhouse.  In addition to being a fun-loving, genial group, the Mentor corporation has the most attractive blue community service shirts for their volunteers.  Their slogan is Mentor – make life more beautiful.  We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. 

See website for additional photos www.goletavalleybeautiful.org  

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

May 31, PM               Greenhouse                                                                                                                                                                                                    3                     5

Jun 1, AM                  Alpha                                                                                                              2                                                                                              7                      14

Jun 4, AM                  ARRA Tree care                                                                                                                                                                   30                    4                      16                                                       

Jun 4, PM                  ARRA Tree care                                                                                                                                                                   30                    5                      20          

Jun 6, AM/PM           ARRA – CCC                                                                                                                                                                       70                    1                      8

Jun 7, AM/PM           United Way/Mentor at Greenhouse                                                                                                                                                            18                    72

Jun 8, AM                  CAC Youth Corps- Greenhouse                                                                                                                                                                 3                      9

Jun 11, AM                ARRA/Dos Pueblos- Los Prietos Boys Camp                                                                                                                    25                    10                    30

Jun 15, AM                CAC Youth Corps – Greenhouse                                                                                                                                                               4                      8

Jun 15, PM                Greenhouse                                                                                                                                                                                                    4                      8

Jun 18, AM                Kellogg Ele./Greenhouse/LPBC                                                                                                      1                                                          11                    33                                                       

Jun 22, AM                CAC Youth Corps- Greenhouse                                                                                                                                                                  4                      8

Jun 25,  AM                Los Carneros Interchange-LPBC                                                                                                                                      140                  11                    36

Jun 29, AM                CAC Youth Corps- Greenhouse                                                                                                                                                                 3                      9         

Totals for June                                                                                                                                  2                                  1                                    155                85                    271                                                      

The Cambridge Church roadside litter collection crew collected  8 bags of trash with 20 volunteer hours this month bringing the 2011 totals to 27 bags and 125 volunteer  hours.

- Volunteer groups participating in  May tree care included:  Alpha, Mormon Missionaries, Mentor Corporation, United Way, Community Action Commission Youth Corps, Los Prietos Boys Camp, California Conservation Corps, UCSB Honors, and Goleta Valley Beautiful.

-  Sponsors for this month’s events include California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, California ReLeaf, American Relief and Recovery Assistance (ARRA), the Central Coast Urban Forest Council,  the Santa Barbara County Resource Recovery and Waste Division, UCSB Coastal Fund, Devereux, City of Goleta, Beautify Dos Pueblos,  Santa Barbara Secondary Schools, Dos Pueblos High, Towbes Foundation, Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration, Mentor, Goleta Union School District, Yardi, Inc., the Alliance for Community Trees, Santa Barbara County United Way, Citrix Online, Marborg, Camino Real Marketplace and many more.  

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