GVB logo 12-4-09 email.jpg February 2013 Newsletter

Registration closing on GVB’s annual Young Tree Care Workshop on February 2nd

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We are close to reaching our 70 person capacity  for our annual Young Tree Care Workshop.  Registration will be accepted until Friday February 1st, or until we reach our capacity .  As of this writing there are about 15 openings remaining. 

Our annual young tree care workshop continues our efforts to promote diversity among trees.  While we emphasize shade tree care, we’ll also be including the hands on care and pruning of fruit trees.  We’ll explain how you can take of fruit trees on your property, and why fruit trees in public right of ways are not a good idea (think maintenance). 

The workshop features local tree experts reviewing the fundamentals of young tree planting and care.  We once again offer this workshop for free (donations appreciated) Saturday, February 2nd from 9 AM to 2:30 PM and we want you to commit to attending the entire workshop.  The morning gives you background knowledge, but the afternoon provides you an opportunity to practice your technique guided by expert arborists.  More important, you will be providing a community service by helping maintain over 125 young trees on the San Marcos High campus.  We don’t use ladders, so we always stay on the ground while we work.

Advance reservations required by Friday February 1stth by calling 685-7910, or email to kknight@goletavalleybeautiful.org.

EPA and California ReLeaf Sponsoring GVB Environmental Education Efforts

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If you are attending one of our volunteer events, you’ll notice that we’re conducting surveys to identify how we can improve our educational efforts.  We are particularly interested in what helps volunteers move along the environmental education continuum from awareness to committed action.  Please help us by participating in our surveys, and if you would like to learn more or perhaps help out at one of our upcoming science nights, please call us at 685-7910.

They’re coming. Bugs that could affect Santa Barbara County’s urban forests.

Below are a couple of bugs with some tremendous potential to affect citrus trees and native oak populations in Santa Barbara County.

They’re not established here yet but we should be on the lookout for them and take steps to avoid their spread.

Asian Citrus Psyllid                          

Huanglongbing (HLB) Asian Citrus Psyllid

The Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) is a pest that acts as a carrier or vector spreading "huanglongbing" (HLB), a devastating disease of citrus trees. This bacterial disease is transmitted to healthy trees by the psyllid after it feeds on infected plant tissue. All citrus and closely-related species are susceptible hosts for both the ACP insect and the HLB disease. There is no cure once a tree becomes infected. The diseased tree will decline in health and eventually die.

The Asian citrus psyllid could spread throughout the state by the transportation of infested plants or plant material. For this reason, you should only buy citrus from reputable, licensed nurseries in your area.

The disease-carrying Asian citrus psyllid could spread throughout the state on citrus plants and close relatives of citrus – such as orange jasmine or Indian curry leaves – that arrive in airplanes, ships, trucks, cars or mail. Distribution of orange jasmine plants by retail nurseries was the main method of movement of the Asian citrus psyllid throughout Florida. Floral bouquets containing psyllid-infested orange jasmine have been intercepted coming into California from Mexico.

Additionally, the psyllid could fly northward from southern California and gradually spread throughout the state.

Adult GSOB

Goldspotted Oak Borer (GSOB)

Goldspotted oak borer (GSOB) Agrilus auroguttatus is an invasive pest contributing to the on-going oak tree mortality occurring on federal, state, private, and local Native American lands in San Diego County. Recently, three GSOB-infested trees were identified in Riverside County. Widespread oak mortality can have severe implications to the environment and human safety. 

Do Not Move Oak Firewood Out of Local Areas. Goldspotted oak borer (GSOB) larvae remain in cut oak logs and firewood from GSOB-killed trees or green infested trees and are a continual threat of further infestation. Wood from GSOB infested trees should not be removed from local infested areas. We emphasize that transporting infested firewood is likely the most significant pathway for introducing GSOB into non-infested areas

Sign up for Goleta Valley Beautiful February Volunteer Events

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In February  we’ll be using the pruning skills developed in our workshop to providing tree care events at local schools, along with restoration plantings on Cieneguitas Creek and at UCSB North Campus.  Our Saturday morning events occur 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.


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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.  This month’s story is from the memory banks of Tami Mason, Goleta Valley Beautiful Treasurer.  We’re running it again this month because a picture is worth a thousand words and we inadvertently omitted the photo from last month’s newsletter.

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Here is my tree story, short but sweet!  My daughter Emily came home from school very upset (tears and trauma) because the school was going to take down a big, big tree out of the school play yard.  Every day her friends would meet under the tree and goof off.  This was their meeting place, and they protested by drawing pictures and standing by the tree, speaking to the principal.  This did not work.  The tree came down to make room for new class rooms and we had to go watch while they cut the good old boy down.  It was a sad day.  This was how I came to know that the younger generation also thinks that trees are very important to us!  Go Goleta Valley Beautiful!

Recommended Trees for Our Urban Coastal Area

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Chinese Fringe Tree (Chionanthus retusus)

This flowering tree is named for the narrow, fringelike white petals that are borne in a profusion of lacy flower clusters.  This is a very small tree, only growing to about 20 feet tall and well suited for planting under power lines.  The pure white 4” blossom clusters open in late spring or early summer.    This tree is a preferred alternative to the widely used Evergreen Pear Tree (Pyrus kawakamii), which is very prone to fire blight, a disease that makes the leaves look like they have been burnt.

Goleta Valley Beautiful has planted these trees infilling  along Hollister Avenue between Pacific Oaks and Palo Alto Dr.

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, December - Brisbane Box, January - Arbutus marina)


UCSB students partner with Goleta Valley Beautiful to grow, plant and maintain 500 native trees per year

The UCSB Coastal Fund, a student-financed organization, announced today a grant of $3,600 to assist Goleta Valley Beautiful in growing, planting and maintaining 500 native trees per year in Goleta Valley public areas. The grant will allow Goleta Valley Beautiful to continually manage its Greenhouse Growing Grounds operated with Devereux of California. The additional funding helps leverage other grants to promote the growing and planting of native trees to assist in better storm water management and cleaner air, which helps to improve our coastal areas.

UCSB students will take the lead in managing and implementing tree care projects under the supervision of Certified Arborist Ken Knight. Mr. Knight serves as Executive Director of Goleta Valley Beautiful and has planted thousands of trees in Goleta Valley public areas. Students interested in participating in this project can contact the Coastal Fund at 893-5166.

Winter interns participating in the internship program include the following:

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Left to Right: Adriana Garcia, Erica Byerley, Felicia Schneider, Hannah Visilis, Jonathan Sun

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Left to Right: Kristyn Payne, Laura Ceballos, Liz Rosbottom, Michelle Alferez, Tiare Hoegerman

Goleta Valley Beautiful News Briefs

GVB has recently renewed our partnership  with the Community Action Commission’s Youth Corps: CAC’s Youth Corps program offers young men and women an opportunity to serve their community by providing them with life skills training, education, and work experience. We’ll be working with the Youth Corps to teach urban forestry skills including the planting and care of young trees, community outreach, and skills in greenhouse management.  For questions concerning the Youth Corps Program, contact Program Manager Joyce Ruiz at 922-2243, ext. 109 (Santa Maria). http://www.cacsb.com/low-income-assistance/youth-corps

Membership Renewal  Time: 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.  Your generosity helps fund our day-to-day operations, keeping the doors open, the lights on, and allowing us to organize community efforts to plant and care for trees.  We are a growing business.

Thanks also to last month’s sponsors including: California Urban Forest Council, UCSB Coastal Fund, Goleta Union School District,  Santa Barbara Unified School District, West Covina Nurseries, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, California ReLeaf, Santa Barbara County Resource Recovery and Waste Management Division,  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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