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·        40 Trained at San Marcos High Young Tree Care and Pruning Workshop  

·        So Cal Gas Supports Girsh Park Tree Planting Project

·       Goleta’s Heritage Trees Suffering from Neglect, Uncertainty

·        Sign up for Goleta Valley Beautiful February Volunteer Events

·        2012 Membership Renewal Time- Online Membership Now Available

·        Goleta Valley Beautiful News Briefs

·        Friends and Family Honor Former Goleta Valley Beautiful President Sam Alfano

·        More Oaks on Cathedral Oaks

·        A followup to the ‘State Farm incident’

·       January Goleta Valley  Beautiful Volunteer Events Recap

·        40 Trained at San Marcos High Young Tree Care and Pruning Workshop

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Thanks to the 40 volunteers who contributed 280 hours of community service at the Ninth Annual Young Tree Workshop, held at San Marcos High School on 1/21/12. Attendees received a morning of expert shade tree care instruction from noted arborists Bill Spiewak, Dan Condon, George Jimenez, Dougal House, and Ken Knight. For the first time this year, Norm Beard was present to show how to prune fruit trees. Attendees planted a Chinese Flame Tree on the campus as part of the instruction process. In the afternoon, under the supervision of the expert arborists, the attendees split into groups to provide structural pruning to more than 125 young trees planted throughout the San Marcos campus.


In addition to general members of the public attending from as far away as San Luis Obispo, groups represented included San Marcos and Dos Pueblos High students, Los Prietos Boys Camp, and UCSB Devereux Greenhouse and Growing Grounds interns.


Sponsors for this event included Vice Principal Dan Garske and San Marcos High PTA which provided lunch, Central Coast Urban Forest Council supported stipends for several arborists, California ReLeaf provided tools, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection provided educational materials, the Santa Barbara Unified School District provided the Cafeteria where the workshop was located, West Covina Nurseries provided a discount on the Chinese Flame tree, Goleta Valley Beautiful Board members Zea Bauer and Phebe Mansur donated their time to assist in registration and picking up supplies, and hundreds of Goleta Valley Beautiful donor members for supporting the preparation and implementation of this annual event.


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·        Southern California Gas Supports Girsh Park Tree Planting Project

Southern California Gas announced an award of $5000 to Goleta Valley Beautiful, in conjunction with the Foundation for Girsh Park, to implement will a low allergy tree planting program at Girsh Park in Goleta, California. Girsh Park is a 25 acre cooperative community effort that is owned and operated by The Foundation for Girsh Park, also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation. It is home to the Dos Pueblos Little League, the AYSO, dog training, and many youth programs. It also hosts the Goleta Lemon Festival and the Goleta fireworks display on the Fourth of July. Because of the high level of year-round activity, tree planting and maintenance is important for the park and the community. Goleta Valley Beautiful plans to plant 100 low allergen trees on park property in order to minimize pollutants, provide shade protection from harmful rays and clean the air, and give the community a healthy urban forest. Of the 100 trees that will be planted, 90% will be in the 1-4 category on the allergy index scale (according to "Allergy Free Gardening" by Thomas Leo Ogren). 10% will be in the 5-7 category.  The project is undergoing further review and design work as part of a larger project under development by Girsh Park staff and Kitson Landscape Management Company.  If all goes well, the planting could begin in early April.

·       Goleta’s Heritage Trees Suffering from Neglect, Uncertainty

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There is still no final word on the possible closure of the Sizzler Restaurant which houses a 250 year old+ Witness Tree on its  patio. The Sizzler staff have been good stewards of the Witness Tree, and have retained professional tree care companies over the years to maintain the tree’s integrity.  GVB members enjoyed many a summer lunch on the patio around the Witness Tree, especially during our annual Heritage Tree Tours.  We thank Sizzler for its commitment to Goleta’s best known heritage tree.

Unfortunately,  Goleta’s Sister Witness Tree, bigger and possibly older than the Witness Tree , is in a sad state of neglect.  Located across Hollister Avenue from the Sizzler along the west side of San Jose Creek, the tree sitting behind the used parking lot is now on the border of property recently acquired by the City of Goleta for a park.  The Sister Witness Tree has lost several major branches due to decay, but it is a huge Canary Island Palm sat its base that threatens to completely overwhelm the tree.   In coming months, GVB hopes to rally community support for an effort to stabilize the tree before any further damage can occur.     

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Sign up for Goleta Valley Beautiful January Volunteer Events

Our regular schedule with Saturday morning events from 9 to Noon, and Saturday afternoon events from 1 pm to 4 pm.  However we do have special projects for student interested in earning community service credits.  We post all of our events on our website so for the latest information please check our calendar at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org.

For all volunteer events….

Please RSVP for all events by sending an e-mail to kknight@goletavalleybeautiful.org 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.

Date                                                        Event                                                    Location

Feb 4th, Sat 9 AM to Noon                 Tree Planting          UCSB Mesa Rd.   – Meet at Parking Lot 12 South  of Mosher Alumni House

Feb 4th, Sat 1 PM to 4 PM                  Tree Planting          UCSB Mesa Rd  - Meet at Parking Lot 31

Feb 11th, 9 AM to Noon                       Tree Planting         Dos Pueblos High - 7266 Alameda Dr. – Meet at the distinguished school sign in the parking lot.

Feb 11th, Sat 1 PM to 4 PM                 Tree Planting        Dos Pueblos High - 7266 Alameda Dr. – Meet at the distinguished school sign in the parking lot.

Feb 18th, Sat 9 AM to Noon                  Tree Planting        UCSB Stadium Road – Meet at Parking lot 30 near Stadium Road and harder South          

Feb 18th, Sat 1 PM to 4 PM                   Tree Planting        UCSB San Clemente-Harder – Meet at Harder Stadium near the entrance to Parking Lot 38       

Jan 25th, Sat 9 AM to Noon                 Tree Planting         UCSB – Meet at lot 3 at the end of UCEN Road

Jan 25th, Sat 1 PM to 4 PM                   Tree Planting        UCSB – Commencement Lawn


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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·        2012 Membership Renewal Time- Online Membership Now Available

By now you have received our 2012 Membership flier, and if you’ve already responded with a membership donation, thank you so much!.  If not, this is a friendly reminder – if you haven’t had a chance to make a gift, and you are moved to do so, we would like to encourage you to support the mission of Goleta Valley Beautiful in the coming year. Among the many ways to support us, including online at http://goletavalleybeautiful.org/supportus/membership/, or mail your donation to Goleta Valley Beautiful, PO Box 6756, Goleta Ca 93160.  If you would like to honor your friends and family for the holidays, or remember a loved one who’s passed, give an Honor Tree in their name – their family will receive a beautiful certificate from Goleta Valley Beautiful to let them know who made a charitable donation in their honor.

However you choose to support Goleta Valley Beautiful, please know how deeply appreciated you are.

Goleta Valley Beautiful News Briefs

Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Funding  - GVB has been selected to enter the final competitions for Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Funding for additional landscaping improvements to the Los Carneros and Glen Annie Interchanges.  A final decision will be made within the next several months.

GVB Board Member Vacancies –The GVB Board has three openings currently, two for general members, and a third UCSB Undergraduate position.  Call 685-7910 or e-mail kknight@goletavalleybeautiful.org for more information.

Citrix Online Fruit Tree Program – The final details of the e fruit tree distribution program are being finalized.  We’ll be working through the Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Food Bank to make our fruit tree distributions to low income families.  More details next month.

- Awards Volunteers Needed – There are lots of locations that deserve recognition for their excellence in landscaping and design.  We could use a few more volunteers to assist with our recognition efforts.  If you like finding and writing about Goleta Valley’s gems, please contact us.

·        Friends and Family Honor Former Goleta Valley Beautiful President Sam Alfano

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A group of about 20 friends and family of the late Sam Alfano gathered at Stow Grove Park last week to plant 3 California Redwood trees on the south side of the redwood grove.  Sam’s wife, son and daughter were present to share in some of the delightful memories of a life well spent.  The 10’ tall redwood trees have been growing in the Devereux Growing grounds since the 2008 project where GVB planted 62 trees in this grove with Laguna Blanca School children.  We were waiting for a moment for the right time to add these final trees, and this was it.  Although the City no longer allows plaques at honor trees in parks, we all know that these are Sam’s trees.`     

·        More Oaks on Cathedral Oaks

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Goleta Valley Beautiful and the California Conservation Corps added 87 more oaks to Cathedral Oaks Road in January, 26 in the unincorporated area and 61 in the City of Goleta.  “You cannot begin to imagine how pleasantly surprised we were a few evenings ago when we went for our regular walk.  Going east on Cathedral Oaks from Winchester Canyon Road we were delighted to see freshly planted trees on both sides of the road for a short distance’ wrote Helen and Hugh Smart to the Goleta City Council, … “ We can only hope that this is the beginning of yet more tree plantings along our roads.”   Unfortunately our tree planting grant programs are ending within the next month, so this is it for awhile.


·        A followup to the ‘State Farm incident’

Recently the Goleta City Council and staff received numerous comments concerning Goleta Valley Beautiful replacing a GVB planted tree on City right of way that was destroyed in a car accident.  While a small number of dissidents have consistently opposed GVB tree planting and care efforts, the statements of these people in regard of to a State Farm reimbursement of funds were incorrect.  A subsequent City investigation revealed Goleta Valley Beautiful acted without malice in the matter, and City and GVB staff have met to discuss improvements to tree care administrative procedures.


Goleta Valley Beautiful’s financial records are open for public inspection upon request.  The public can always contact us at 685-7910 to get accurate information on GVB operations, and avoid the irresponsible allegations such as recently occurred.  

January Goleta Valley Beautiful Volunteer Events Recap  

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See website for additional photos www.goletavalleybeautiful.org.    

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

Jan 3, Tues AM         7000 Cathedral Oaks Rd South                                                                    17                                              

Jan 3, Tues AM         4401 Cathedral Oaks Rd                                                                                5

Jan 4, Wed AM         Devereux Greenhouse                                                                                                                                                                                           3                  6

Jan 4, Wed PM         4501 Cathedral Oaks Rd                                                                                 7

Jan 4, Wed PM         4501 Cathedral Oaks                                                                                       1

Jan 5, Thurs AM      4901 Cathedral Oaks RD                                                                                3                                                                                                                        

Jan 5, Thurs PM       4901 Cathedral Oaks Rd                                                                                2

Jan 5, Thurs PM       4967 Cathedral Oaks                                                                                      3

Jan 5, Thurs PM       7700 Cathedral Oaks Rd South                                                                     18                                                                                                                     

Jan 6, Fri AM            7700 Cathedral Oaks Rd North                                                                     18                                                                                                              

Jan 6, Fri PM             7300 Cathedral Oaks Rd                                                                                  8                                                                                                                    

Jan 6, Fri PM             Devereux Greenhouse                                                                                                                                                                                          19              27

Jan 7, Sat AM            Dos Pueblos High                                                                                               4                                                                                                 24              63

Jan 7, Sat PM             Water New Trees                                                                                                                                                                                                   1                4

Jan 11, Tues AM       Dos Pueblos High                                                                                                3                                                                                                  1                8

Jan 12, Wed AM       Devereux Greenhouse                                                                                                                                                                                             4              12   

Jan 14, Sat AM          County Parks                                                                                                     6                                                                                                  33            101

Jan 14, Sat PM           Water New Trees                                                                                               1                                    1                                                               1               4

Jan 18, Wed AM        Alpha                                                                                                                   1                                                                                                 11             11

Jan 21, Sat AM/PM   Young Tree Care Workshop                                                                             1                                                                     125                      40           240

Jan 23, Mon PM         Coastline Christian Academy                                                                                                                                                                                4              12

Jan 25, Wed AM         Honoring Sam Alfano                                                                                        3                                                                                                  5               10

Jan 26, Thur PM        Monte Vista                                                                                                                                                                                                             3                9

Jan 27, Fri  PM           UCSB – Ortega – San Nicolas                                                                                                                                                                               9              36

Jan 28, Sat AM           UCSB – Ortega – San Nicolas                                                                          8                                 2                                                               47           142

Jan 28, Sat PM            Tree care – Isla Vista School                                                                                                               2                                     35                      16             49

Totals for January                                                                                                                               114                                5                                     160                   210           730



The Cambridge Church roadside litter collection crew collected  8.5  bags of trash with 21.5 volunteer hours this month bringing the 2011 totals to 133 bags and 284.5 volunteer  hours.

- Volunteer groups participating in January tree care included: 

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, UCSB Black Student Union, Los Prietos Boys Camp, Dos Pueblos High School, Dos Pueblos High School Leadership, and Beautify Dos Pueblos. Alpha Pi Sigma, La Escuelita, Kappa Alpha Theta, Gamma Zeta Alpha, Circle K, Nu Alpha Kappa, UCSB Black Quare, UCSB Street Health Outreach, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Los Angelos Church of Christ

-  Sponsors for this month’s events include

Dos Pueblos High, Santa Barbara Unified School District, Goleta Union School District, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, California ReLeaf, Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration, UCSB Coastal Fund, Devereux, Santa Barbara County Resource Recovery and Waste Management, Green Trees for the Golden State, Santa Barbara County Parks Department, Devereux San Marcos High PTA, and many more.  

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