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GVB Holiday Tree Rental Program Underway


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Living Holiday Tree Rental Program – In response to public demand, we will 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 the selection of non-traditional but beautiful trees that we offer. These trees are live, free-form, un-pruned shade trees that will eventually find a home in Goleta Valley public areas. Through our Holiday Tree Rental Program, they can be delivered to your door for your enjoyment throughout the holiday season. Tree rental rates as well as delivery and pick-up dates are listed below:

·         Tree Rental Rates:     $25 per tree suggested donation

·         Tree Delivery Dates:   Saturday, December 1, 8, 15, and 22

·         Tree Pick-Up Date:     Saturday, January 5

·         Tree Delivery Rate for delivery and pick up:

-          Goleta (93117/93111/93110) - $20

-          Santa Barbara (93101/93105) - $30

-          Montecito (93107) - $40

·         No personal pick-up/drop-off of trees.

What is a tree worth?  We can calculate that for you in $




Each tree that Goleta Valley beautiful plants will now come with a tree tag that identifies the dollar value of the tree according to the National Tree Benefit Calculator, available on line at www.treebenefits.com.  As the East Coast tallies the cost of lost trees after Hurricane Sandy and looks to replant, it has become clear that there’s no quick fix for losing the benefits that mature trees provide a city. Not all street trees are created equal, and mature trees are infinitely more valuable than young ones. It takes years for newly planted trees to produce the kinds of economic and environmental benefits of older trees. What’s lost when older trees go down?  The bigger the tree, the more carbon it captures, the more particulate matter it filters, the more storm water it captures, so it’s a huge number in terms of environmental benefits and what it does for a community.  Because newly planted trees are small, it will be years before a city can replace its fading urban forest.


A recent American City’s article laid out the research on the benefits of mature tree canopies in an urban environment vs. younger trees. This includes reducing air pollution, creating shade and mitigating the impact of urban heat islands, and managing storm water runoff and flooding.


Also, helping reduce crime. The article cites a study of tree cover in Baltimore that conservatively concluded that even a 10% increase in tree canopy was associated with a nearly 12% decrease in crime. This magnitude was 40% greater on public land.


A USDA Forest Service study examining how trees affect local and regional air quality by altering the atmosphere of urban environments found that large, healthy trees greater than 77 centimeters (30 inches) in diameter remove 70 times more air pollution annually than small, healthy trees less than eight centimeters (three inches) in diameter.


As with other benefits of trees, size matters. According to research conducted in Chicago, taller trees offer increased shading during the summer, when the sun is high, and increased solar access below the canopy in winter, when the sun in low. In sum, energy savings increase with tree age and size.


Read the full American City’s article, Urban Trees, Let’s Grow Old Together.  Also, check out the website www.investfromthegroundup.org which just became operational

Sign up for Goleta Valley Beautiful December Volunteer Events


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This month we’ll be caring for native trees at the Devereux Greenhouse and Growing Grounds.  Our big event will be a grand finale to the Peoples Garden Project with the planting of 200 fruit trees at Fairview Gardens on Saturday December 8th.  Our holiday limited 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 also 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. 

November Highlights


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City of Goleta Approves Public Tree Advisory Commission Ordinance – On November 20th, the Goleta City Council approved an ordinance establishing a Public Tree Advisory Commission   The new Commission will provide advice to staff and the City Council on developing plans and goals for the Goleta Urban Forest, representing the interests of the community and inform the community of the Urban Forestry program.  We would be interested in knowing if you would like to serve on the commission.  Goleta Valley Beautiful salutes the City for continuing to implement the recommendations of the June 2011 Goleta Urban Forest Management Plan.


November Totals - We planted 20 new trees in November with 80 volunteers contributing 259 service hours.   Trash pick-up totals for November include  2 volunteers providing 22.5 volunteer hours picking up 8.5 bags, for a cumulative total to date of 125 bags of trash picked up this year.

Recommended Trees for Our Urban Coastal Area


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Brisbane Box - Lophostemon confertus (formerly classified as Tristania conferta)

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 Brisbane Box!


Brisbane Box is an evergreen tree with a dense crown consisting of tiered clumps of glossy green foliage.  The name confertus means crowded together, dense.  Brisbane Box planted with regularity along streets in southern California and in many cities in Australia. It can grow to 60 feet with showy, flaky bark. Flowers are small and inconspicuous to most people.  The fruit is in the form of capsules similar to those of Eucalyptus.  Newly planted trees need regular irrigation to become well established. Once roots have established themselves in the landscape (this takes about 6 months for each inch of trunk diameter) irrigation can be cut back.  These trees perform well along streets and in parking lot islands.


GVB has planted the tree extensively as street, park and school trees with good examples along Cathedral Oaks Road across from and at Dos Pueblos High, at Girsh park, and at schools such as Brandon, Kellogg, La Patera.  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, November - Ginkgo biloba

Goleta Valley Beautiful News Briefs

Reserve the date- GVB Young Tree Care Workshop February 2nd – Our very popular young tree care workshop will be held Saturday February 2nd.  We’ll be releasing more details next month.

Coming this Spring-  Citrix will once again be sponsoring our fruit tree distribution program to low income residents.  More information in future newsletters.

Membership Renewal Time – We have sent our membership renewal fliers to all of our prior supporting members.  Thanks to our first group of long time supporting respondents including GVB Board member Jeffrey Boyle, Gordon Durenberger, Cecilia Brown, and Jean Paynter.   Please contribute what you can and help support those who are not as fortunate as you.  If you haven’t received a renewal form, you can always donate online at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org.  Remember that among other benefits, all GVB members have the opportunity for receiving one free tree from our inventory at the Devereux Greenhouse and Growing Grounds.

GVB free street tree program ends – The State Bond funds that Goleta Valley Beautiful has successfully competed for years are ending, and so with it our ability to provide free street trees for residents.  The native trees that we grow at the Devereux Greenhouse are too large at maturity for most Goleta parkways as currently designed.  We generally purchase our street trees from local nurseries such as West Covina Nurseries and San Marcos Growers, who provide us with generous discounts.  The process of securing government approval to plant street trees is also growing more complex and costly.  We are actively looking for sponsors to help us continue our street tree planting efforts.   

Tree Stories  - 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.

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.


Special thanks to Venoco, Inc. for their support of our affordable housing and youth educational outreach programs.  Beginning soon, we’ll be working with the newly formed South Coast Youth Corps Program to develop a young tree care training program for at-risk youth.


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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