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·       Register Online for  38th Annual Goleta Valley Beautiful Awards Event Sunday May 6th

·        11th Annual Heritage Tree and History Tour Sunday May 20th – Limited Seating

·        Sign up for Goleta Valley Beautiful May Volunteer Events

·        250 Year Old Heritage Sycamore Rescued by GVB – May Be Largest in the State

·         Southern California Gas Greens Girsh

·        Goleta Valley Beautiful News Briefs

·       April Goleta Valley  Beautiful Volunteer Events Recap


·       Register Online for the 38th Annual Goleta Valley Beautiful Awards Event Sunday May 6th

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There is still time to make an online reservation for the 38th Annual Goleta Valley Beautiful Awards and Silent Auction Fundraiser to be held Sunday May 6th from 3 to 5 PM at the Stow House Gardens of Rancho La Patera.  Eric Onnen will MC the event with music provided by the Bren Grass Band.  C’est Cheese will provide light refreshments, along with a no host bar.  Admission is $20, and only $5 for students.  Reservations are available online at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org or by calling 685-7910.


Open Space Award – San Marcos Foothill Preserve – 550 Maple Street Unit F, Carpinteria, CA 93013

Restoration Award – San Clemente Habitat Restoration and Stormwater Management System – CCBER, Harder South, MC 9615, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Sustainability Award – 525 Lorraine Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA 93110

“Open” Award –Chumash Gardens adjacent to the UCSB Student Resources building

Single Family Residence Award – 394 Edgewood Drive, Goleta, CA 93111

Multi-Family Residential Award – 6525 El Collegio - Tropicana del Norte, Isla Vista, CA 93111

Commercial Award –6900 Hollister Avenue -  Montecito Bank and Trust,  Goleta, CA 93117

Public Building/School Award –  Library Plaza, UCSB

Preservation of Goleta Valley Heritage Award – 170 Magnolia Ave, Goleta CA 93117  Historic Ellwood Hotel

Farm/Orchard Award –5297 Shoreline Drive - West Covina Nursery, Santa Barbara, CA 93111

Heritage Tree Award – Australian Willow (Geijera parviflora) – Goleta Valley Community Center - 5679 Hollister Avenue Suite 1, Goleta, CA 93117

Golden Shovel Award – Rosemary “Zea” Bauer

Volunteer of the Year – Jon Haverty

Philanthropist of the Year – Greg Hind, The Hind Foundation

Community Pride – 5490 Hollister Avenue/ Pacifica Suites

Community Partner – The Jurkowitz Family and the Sanders Family

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·        11th Annual Heritage Tree and History Tour Sunday May 20th – Reserve Now before sellout

Online registration will soon be available for the highly regarded 11th version of the Goleta Valley Heritage Tree and History Tour from Noon to 4:30 pm on Sunday May 20th.  Sponsored by Santa Barbara Airbus since its inception, the tour includes lunch on the grounds of Rancho La Patera at the Stow House Gardens.  Tour guides include the immensely popular Jerry Sortomme, La Huerta Garden Director and SBCC Professor Emeritus.  Also returning are Jim McNay, Goleta Valley Historical Society Education Coordinator, and Ken Knight, Goleta Valley Beautiful Executive Director and Registered Consulting Arborist.

Highlights of the 2012 tour include walking tours of the Avenge Ellwood! Exhibit at Rancho La Patera, a tour of the grounds at the Bacara Resort and Spa.  We will also visit Randy Baldwin’s Secret Gardens at San Marcos Growers, tour the historic San Jose Winery and Vineyard, and revisit the Great House  and quarter mile row of Moreton Bay Fig Trees at Dos Pueblos Ranch.  We’ll be on an air conditioned Santa Barbara Airbus, so seats are limited.  Reserve now before we sell out.  Seats are $40, and $35 for 2012 members of Goleta Valley Beautiful and Goleta Valley Historical Society.  Call 685-7910 for reservations, and register online soon at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org    


·     250 Year Old Heritage Sycamore Rescued by GVB May be Largest in the State

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Hard to believe but for the last ten years, a 46” and a 35” Canary Islands Palm have been growing out of the base of the Sister Witness Tree, one of the oldest sycamore trees on the south coast. The Sister Witness Tree is named for its close connection with the nearby Witness Tree in the patio of the Sizzler Restaurant. Crews for the California Conservation Corps spent several days removing the palms and pulling out the debris. California ReLeaf provided funding for this project through a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Program. Marborg Industries invested in this project by providing a 40 yard container to haul away the palms, which have to be disposed of as trash rather than green waste because the fronds cannot be recycled. Crews also removed a car seat at the base of the Sycamore tree that was embedded in the base of the palms.

Preliminary measurements of the Sister Witness Tree indicate it may be a candidate for a California Big Tree designation as the largest sycamore in California. The tree measures a whopping 606” in circumference (that’s 50 feet!), an average 85’ canopy, and approximately 100’ tall. We’ll be following up with more specific measurements before this tree is submitted to California Big Trees Inventory.

 Sign up for Goleta Valley Beautiful May Volunteer Events

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Our regular schedule with Saturday morning events from 9 to Noon, and Saturday afternoon events from 1 pm to 4 pm.  We do have special projects for student interested in earning community service credits, and weekday events.  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….

Date                                                                            Event                                                                          Location

May 5th, Sat 9 AM to Noon                                     Tree Planting                                                            Tree planting at La Patera Elementary, 401 N. Fairview Ave.

May 5th, Sat 1 PM to 4 PM                                     Tree Care                                                                  Tree Care at Devereux Greenhouse. From Stork Road and El Collegio, continue towards ocean on Slough Road for 1/2 mile, turn left onto Devereux Way, proceed 50 feet to the stop sign, turn right and go halfway around the circular road until you see the dirt road entrance to the Greenhouse.

May 6th,  Sun 3 PM to 5 PM                                     Annual Awards                                                        Located at the historic Stow House in Goleta

May 12th , Sat 9 AM to Noon                                    Tree Pruning                                                            Tree pruning at Dos Pueblos High School. Meet at the Alameda Ave side of the school adjacent to the Distinguished School sign.

May 12st , Sat 1 PM to 4 PM                                    Tree Pruning                                                             Tree pruning at Santa Barbara Montessori at 7421 Mirano Dr.

May 19st , Sat 9 AM to Noon                                    Tree Pruning                                                             Tree pruning at Foothill/Mt. View Elementary Schools. We will meet at Foothill Elementary on 711 Ribera Drive.

May 19st , Sat 1 PM to 4 PM                                     Tree Care                                                                  Tree care at Hollister Elementary School and County Parks. We will meet at the Hollister Elementary, 4950 Anita Lane

May 20th, Sat 9 AM to Noon                                     Heritage Tree Tour                                                  11th Annual GVB Heritage Tree and History Tour

May 26th/27th, Saturday/Sunday                              No events                                                                    Memorial Day Weekend

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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·        Southern California Gas Greens Girsh

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Southern California Gas supported GVB planting efforts with a grant to plant and maintain 26 low allergen trees at Girsh Park.  The SoCal Gas Project ‘Bettering the Air We Breathe’ project is aimed at improving air quality, sequester carbon and helping us all breathe a little bit easier.  134 volunteers contributed 351 community service hours to plant 26 trees at two tree planting events at Girsh Park during April. All trees planted are rated at 4 or less on the Ogren allergen scale of allergic sensitivity of one to ten, with 1 being the lowest.   On April 7th, 56 volunteers planted 11 trees including 3 Catalina Ironwood (Lyonothamnus floribundus asplenifolius), 4 Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia), one Broad Leafed Fig (Ficus auriculata), one Red Maple (Acer rubrum), and one Brazilian Cedarwood (Cedrela fissilis). On 4-28-12, 78 volunteers planted, watered, mulched, and installed drip irrigation at selected sites for 15 low allergen trees. Tree species included 2 Catalina Ironwood, 3 Tipuana Tipu, 4 Raywood Ash, 1 Tulip, 1 Toona, 1 Brazilian Cedarwood, 2 Goldenrain, and 1 Monkeyhand tree.

Volunteer groups participating in these events included Alpha Phi Omega, Pocketful of Sunshine, Dos Pueblos High, UCSB’s ONE, Hermanos Unidos, Mormon Helping Hands (Goleta Valley Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints), UCSB American Red Cross Chapter, and GVB UCSB Greenhouse Interns.

Sponsors for this event in addition to Southern California Gas’s Bettering the Air We Breathe grant included UCSB Coastal Fund, West Covina Nurseries, San Marcos Growers, Santa Barbara County Resource Recovery and Waste Management Division, The Foundation for Girsh Park, Kitson Landscape Management, and hundreds of Goleta Valley Beautiful donor members.

Goleta Valley Beautiful News Briefs

Citrix Earth Day – Goleta Valley Beautiful participated in the annual Citrix Earth Day Festival held on the grounds of Citrix on Hollister Avenue. Citrix generously donated all proceeds from the sale of lunch meals at the festival to Goleta Valley Beautiful. Thanks to Citrix for their ongoing support of GVB.

Invest from the Ground Up Campaign Presentation Boards Unveiled – The California Urban Forest Council and the Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture have teamed up to provide a presentation on the benefits of investing in urban forestry. The professionally prepared poster size presentation boards highlight the long term benefits of investing in urban forestry, particularly aimed at small businesses and homeowners. The portable presentation board is available for loan for public presentations. Please contact Ken Knight, Central Coast Urban Forest Council Co-Chair at (805) 252-1952 to arrange for its use.

Al Turnbull Grove Tree Removed- CCC crews under the supervision of GVB Executive Director and Arborist Ken Knight removed a 25’ tall oak in the middle of the Al Turnbull Grove at Lake Los Carneros Preserve. The tree died due to an attack of oak borers. The urgency of removing this tree was to prevent oak borers from spreading to other trees in the Al Turnbull Grove. CCC crews removed the entire tree and disposed of the wood in a Marborg trash container. Wood infected with oak borers should not be left on site or used as green waste due to the likelihood of spreading the oak borers to other trees.  

Goleta Valley Beautiful Board of Directors Openings –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.

Thanks for your 2012 Membership – The GVB Board of Directors thanks all of the 2012 Goleta Valley Beautiful Donor members. Your support helps fund our general operating costs (under 10%), and provides leverage for grant and foundation funding.


  April 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

Apr 7,  Sat  AM                                Girsh Park                                                                             11                                                                                                                        56                    120

Apr 7,  Sat   PM                                Ellwood Elementary                                                                                                                                                40                                     16                      49

Apr 14, Sat AM                                San Marcos                                                                                                                                                                45                                    13                       40

Apr 14, Sat AM                                Positano/Hollister                                                                                                                     3                               10                                     9                         27           

Apr 14, Sat PM                                Goleta Valley Junior High                                                                                                                                        40                                     12                       36

Apr 18, Wed PM                             Alpha Resources                                                                     3                                                                                                                          9                         10

Apr 21, Sat AM                               Dos Pueblos                                                                                                                                                                 40                                   21                        63

Apr 21, Sat PM                                UCSB                                                                                                                                                                          35                                   14                        42

Apr 23, Mon                                    Los Carneros                                                                                                                                                              65                                               

Apr 24, Tues                                    Glenn Annie to Alameda                                                                                                                                            20                                                     

Apr 25, Wed                                     Cathedral Oaks Tree Maintenance                                                                                                                          90                                                        

Apr 26, Thurs                                   Fairview/Cathedral Oaks                                                                                                                                          81                                                        

Apr 26 Thurs                                     Armstrong Road                                                                                                                      1                               3                                    8                            8

Apr 28, Sat AM                                 Girsh Park                                                                           15                                                                                                                                                

Totals for April                                                                                                                               29                                                  4                             469                                  158                     395

 The Cambridge Church roadside litter collection crew collected  13.5  bags of trash with 26.5 volunteer hours this month bringing the 2012 totals to 42.5 bags and 94.5 volunteer  hours.

- Volunteer groups participating in March tree care included: 

UCSB Honors Program, Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER), Devereux, UCSB La Escuelita, Dos Pueblos High School,  UCSB Finance Connection, Sigma Lambda Gamma, Mormon Helping hands (Goleta Valley Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints), UCSB American Red Cross Chapter, GVB UCSB Greenhouse Interns, and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.

-  Sponsors for this month’s events include

UCSB Coastal Fund, Ellwood Elementary School, The Goleta Union School District, Goleta Valley Junior High, Santa Barbara County Probation Department, San Marcos High School, Santa Barbara County Transportation Division, The Santa Barbara Unified School District, Beautify Dos Pueblos, Dos Pueblos High, The Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration, Devereux, Southern California Gas Bettering the Air We Breathe Grant, West Covina Nurseries, San Marcos Growers, The Foundation for Girsh Park, Kitson Landscape Management and hundreds of GVB donor members.      


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