GVB logo 12-4-09 email.jpg November 2012 Newsletter

GVB President David Fainer Named Cox Conserves Hero



GVB President David Fainer second from left with Cox Conserves Heroes, Cox and Montecito Bank and Trust Representatives


GVB President David Fainer received a Cox Conserves Hero Award at the 10/17/12 ceremony at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.  As one of the three top finalists voted on by the public, David designated Goleta Valley Beautiful to receive a $1000 donation from Cox Communications sponsored by Montecito Bank and Trust, along with a free video public service announcement.  Congratulations to David for this award and his leadership of GVB.  More photos of the event can be viewed at our website.

Urban Forestry and Education Award Announced




California ReLeaf announced today that Goleta Valley Beautiful has been awarded a $10,000 grant through the California ReLeaf 2012 Urban Forestry and Education Program. Goleta Valley Beautiful is one of 25 grant recipients statewide funded through this $200,000 competitive grants program.


The grant recipients are engaging in a variety of tree planting and tree maintenance projects that will enhance urban forests in both highly utilized and underserved communities throughout the region. Each project also contains a significant environmental education component that will increase visibility of how these projects are critical elements to supporting clean air, clean water, and healthy communities.


Goleta Valley Beautiful kicked off our expanded education and outreach program at the Goleta Lemon Festival.  You will see GVB at more local school Science Nights, as well as distributing waterproof tree hangers identifying the benefits of trees.


The California ReLeaf Urban Forestry and Education Grant Program is funded through contracts with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and Region IX of the Environmental Protection Agency. A complete list of the 2012 grant recipients can be downloaded from the California ReLeaf website at www.californiareleaf.org.


“Strong, sustainable urban and community forests directly contribute to the economic, social and environmental health of California. ReLeaf is proud to be an integral part of building community through these projects,” said California ReLeaf Executive Director Joe Liszewski. “Since 1992, we have invested more than $9 million in urban forestry efforts geared towards greening our Golden State.”


California ReLeaf’s mission is to empower grassroots efforts and build strategic partnerships that preserve, protect, and enhance California’s urban and community forests. Working statewide, we promote alliances among community-based groups, individuals, industry, and government agencies, encouraging each to contribute to the livability of cities and the protection of our environment by planting and caring for trees.

Sign up for Goleta Valley Beautiful November Volunteer Events


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This month we’ll be planting street trees, planting native trees in restoration projects with UCSB’s Cheadle Center, and maintaining trees at Dos Pueblos High among others.  Our fall tree planting and care schedule includes Saturday morning events from 9 to Noon, and Saturday afternoons from 1 to 4 pm.  In order to keep our events up to date, we are now posting all of our events on our website volunteer events calendar at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org. During weekdays, we are working at the Devereux Greenhouse. To get to the Greenhouse, From Storke Road and El Colegio, 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.  We do have special projects for student interested in earning community service credits, and weekday events.   For all volunteer tree care events, please RSVP at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org.  Any questions call (805)685-7910.


Roadside trash collection in the Goleta area continues on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays.  Call Don and Judy Nason 964-4895 to RSVP.  Call 964-7117 to participate in graffiti removal and to report incidents in your area as soon as you see it. 


200 Volunteers lead NeighborWoods Month


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NeighborWoods is the annual celebration of trees in our communities. Every October, tens of thousands of volunteers take action to make their communities greener and healthier by planting trees—turning their neighborhoods into vibrant, livable NeighborWoods! In October, 200 volunteers from 21 organizations planted 47 trees and maintained another 25 trees.  We completed projects at Girsh Park, Fire Station 11, Vieja Valley Elementary School and San Marcos High. 


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Thanks to the Alliance for Community Trees for their sponsorship. See our website for additional photos by David Dobreski of Photography for Nonprofits.


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Tree Stories – How I got involved in trees


This month’s tree story is provided by Goleta Valley Beautiful Executive Director Ken Knight. 


I frequently get asked how I got involved with trees.  As a boy, I was absolutely fascinated by the 1940 and 1960 versions of Swiss Family Robinson in which the shipwrecked family lived in a tree.  I grew up in the east with relatively small trees, and the thought of actually living in a large tree was very appealing to me.   At my childhood home, we did not have any trees, so I spent a lot of time visiting local public parks and forested areas that sparked my appreciation for trees.


While my children were small, I organized a number of community service projects to help maintain local park areas.  Many of the planting and improvement projects did not have a long-lasting impact, except for the trees that we planted.  It was only through trial and error that I discovered how long-lasting of an impact trees could have upon a landscape, and the amount of planning and long-term care they needed in order to survive and thrive.   As I learned more about trees and tree care, my appreciation for trees grew exponentially.  I wasn’t born a tree lover, I just grew into it. 


-- Ken Knight


Send us  your thoughts about trees that have had an influence upon your life and your memories, and we’ll publish it in upcoming newsletters.  Photos past and present are welcome. 

Recommended trees for our urban coastal area




Ginkgo – Ginkgo biloba


This is an ongoing monthly feature in response to the constant questions we get about what species of trees grow best in our area.   We’ll feature a new tree every month. For the month of November we are featuring the Ginkgo!


The Gingko is a deciduous tree native to China.  It is an excellent slow growing, long lived tree growing to a height of 60’ and a spread of 20’ to 40’.  An open airy tree when young, with distinctive fan shaped leaves that turn a brilliant yellow under most fall conditions.  The type sold in most areas is the fruitless male variety, as the female fruit smells like vomit when ripe.  The Ginkgo is on the approved street tree list of all south Santa Barbara County municipalities.   GVB has planted the tree extensively as street trees with good examples along Stow Canyon Road, and at schools such as Kellogg, La Patera and Brandon.  For more detailed information on this and other trees, please visit Selectree on the web at www.ufei.org/selectree.


Previously featured trees: September - Chinese Pistache; October - White Alder

Goleta Valley Beautiful News Briefs


Membership Renewal Time – Our membership survey tells us we are doing things you want us to do.  We’ll be sending out our membership renewals in the coming month-please contribute what you can and help support those who are not as fortunate as you.   Thanks to Santa Barbara Bank and Trust for becoming one of our first members for 2013


Living Holiday Tree Rental Program – In response to public demand, we’ll be offering our living holiday tree program again this year.  If you are looking for a sustainable alternative to cutting down a tree for the holidays, consider choosing from our selection of non-traditional but beautiful trees that we offer.  More details and delivery schedules in our December newsletter.


Goleta Valley Beautiful Board of Directors – GVB  welcomes four new Board members including second year Bren School Master candidates Gretchen Grebe and Erika Michelotti, and fourth year UCSB students Jerry Li and Kelly Singsank.


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From left to right: Gretchen Grebe, Erika Michelotti, Kelly Singsank, and Jerry Li.


Fall Interns – Our fall interns have been working hard at the Devereux Greenhouse, as well as outreach activities at the Goleta Lemon Festival, and at Mt. View and Kellogg School Science Nights


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From left to right: Michelle Alferez, Tiare Hoegerman, Krystyna Livingston, Stephanie Edwards

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From left to right: Jarlath Greaney, Matt Millado, Tessa Balboni

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From left to right: Ivana Sanchez, Laura Johnson, Alina Wirth


Found- one Founder – During a GVB presentation at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Barbara, Executive Director Ken Knight noticed a familiar name on one of the nametags of the attendees.  Jay Torrey was at the event.  Jay is a founding member of Goleta Valley Beautiful and is one of the five signators of the incorporation papers back in 1974.  Jay is still active in the community and is well remembered for operating the hardware store in Old Town Goleta for many years.    

Small Photo of jay Torrey from Board member/former board member photos


Thanks also to last month’s sponsors including: The Alliance for Community Trees NeighborWoods Program, California Urban Forest Council, UCSB Coastal Fund, Goleta Union School District, Hope Elementary School District, Santa Barbara Unified School District, West Covina Nurseries, Foundation for Girsh Park, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, California ReLeaf, Santa Barbara County Resource Recovery and Waste Management Division, Santa Barbara County Fire Department, Devereux, and hundreds of GVB donor members.  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 our website at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org.


Statistical information about previous tree care events including the amount/locations of trees and volunteers can now be found in the archives of the education section of our website.   

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