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Nominations Extended to March 8th for the 39th Annual GVB Awards

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The deadline for nominations for the 39th Annual Goleta Valley Beautiful Awards has been extended to March 8, 2013.   The awards recognize projects in the Goleta Valley which promote beautification and sustainability, further community pride, and contribute positively to a diverse and healthy urban forest.  Nominations for awards are open to everyone, including self-nominations, and you do not need to be a member of Goleta Valley Beautiful to nominate a property or project.  Award Categories include Single Family Residential, Multi-Family Residential, Public Building or Educational Facility, Favorite Tree, Public Park or Open Space, Commercial, and Farm or Orchard.

Award winners will be honored at the 39th Annual Awards and Fundraiser Event on May 5th  from 3 to 5 pm at the beautiful Rancho dos Pueblos Casa Grande Gardens. The event will feature a silent auction, a talk on value of Urban Forests by Dr. Robert (Bob) Muller, and Cinco de Mayo themed food and beverages. The event is open to everyone, and reservations are available at $30 (Students $10) on our website, along with nomination forms at http://goletavalleybeautiful.org/volunteerevents/awards/, or contact the Goleta Valley Beautiful office at 805-968-8523.


Al Turnbull’s Bequest Invests in GVB’s Future

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Al Turnbull passed away in November 2010, but his legacy lives on in his bequest of $15,000 to Goleta Valley Beautiful as part of his estate. Goleta Valley Beautiful salutes the generosity of Al’s sons Patrick, Geoff, and Gerry in carrying out their father’s final wishes. 

Al’s commitment to future generations is reflected in the grove of oak trees he created at the Al Turnbull Grove at Lake Los Carneros Preserve.  Join us on March 16th at 9 am at the Al Turnbull Grove as we celebrate Al’s life through our annual tree maintenance event.  We’re also in discussions with City staff to develop a project at the Grove to increase visitor accessibility.

Since 1974, volunteers with Goleta Valley Beautiful have planted and cared for thousands of trees in our area, and providing the opportunity for children to take personal responsibility for the public urban forest.  Working together, we’ll continue our work for years to come.  Your love of trees can leave a lasting legacy.  Please remember Goleta Valley beautiful in your will.  To include Goleta Valley beautiful in your will, please include the following sentence and gift information:  “I give _________ (specific amount or percentage of property or residue) to Goleta Valley Beautiful, a non-profit organization located in Goleta California, for the purpose of supporting its environmental stewardship and educational programs.  Tax ID 237392774.   To receive additional information or assistance in making a bequest, please contact us at 685-7910  


GVB Restoration Partnerships in February

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Restoration projects sometimes present significant challenges.  Planting 4 Coast Live Oaks at El Sueno and Calle Real next to Atascadero Creek on February 16th required using a jackhammer to remove the asphalt surface and base.  With the help of the Urban Creeks Council, the Environmental Defense Center and Los Prietos Boys Camp, the project was successfully completed.

High winds threatened to blow volunteers into the UCSB lagoon on a February 23rd.  Fortunately with the help of the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER), Coastal Fund volunteers and Los Prietos Boys Camp, we removed a small mountain of invasive ice plant and planted 8 sycamore trees.

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Sign up for Goleta Valley Beautiful March Volunteer Events California Arbor Week March 7-14

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California Arbor Day stretches into an entire week from March 7 to 14.  We’ll be planting trees at various school campuses throughout that week, and continuing our educational demonstrations at elementary school science nights.  Our regular 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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Camino Real Marketplace - Thanks for 10 Years of Support

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After ten years of storing our equipment at Camino Real Marketplace free of charge, we have been asked to move in the next two months as the last parcel there is being developed.  We appreciate the generosity of Mark Linehan for providing a staging area for Goleta Valley Beautiful operations for such an extended period.  We have always understood that the storage arrangement was temporary as long as there was undeveloped property available.  Now that time has come.

Goleta Valley Beautiful is now searching for a place to store our roll off storage container, a one ton truck, a 1000 gallon water trailer, a truck trailer, and temporary storage for mulch, stakes and compost.  A 50’ x 50’ space would be appreciated.  If you know of someone with some unused or underutilized property in the Goleta area, please give us a call at 685-7910 


Recommended Trees for Our Urban Coastal Area

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Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia)

An evergreen native, the Coast Live Oak is the best selection for areas where a large growing space in an non-irrigated area.  Oaks get large, approximately 50’ tall and about as wide.  The mature size of the coast Live Oak  is why it  isn’t a good street tree for typical 4’ parkways.  It needs lots of growing room, so it is more situated in parks and open space areas.  Because it is a native tree adapted to our dry climate, it is also not a good lawn tree.  Irrigated areas increase the likelihood of fungal diseases, and while you may see a lot of Coast Live Oaks growing in irrigated areas, the lifespan of these trees is likely to be measured in decades rather than centuries.  

Goleta Valley Beautiful has planted these trees along all major thoroughfares and parks in the Goleta valley

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, February Chinese Fringe Tree )


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Marborg Continues its Investment in GVB

Goleta Valley Beautiful extends its appreciation to Marborg, Inc. for continuing their decade of financial sponsorship of Goleta Valley Beautiful, and for their continuing support for our storage needs.  Strong support from sponsors such as Marborg are the reason Goleta Valley Beautiful is consistently available for public projects in our community.  We thank David and Mario Borgatello for their ongoing investment.   


Goleta Valley Beautiful News Briefs

Goleta Public Tree Advisory Commission Appointed: On 2/5/13, the Goleta City Council appointed the first five members of the Public Tree Advisory Commission.   The qualifications this position is that they must be a resident of the City of Goleta and should have an interest in and/or experience in urban forestry or landscaping.  Each Council member chooses a member whose term expires with the term  of that Councilmember.  The appointments include; Mayor Aceves-Barbara Massey, Mayor Pro Tempore Bennett-Lyn Kirby, Councilmember Easton-Chris Messner, Councilmember Farr-Jeff Haight, Councilmember Perotte-Josephine Kalie Brown.

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: Santa Barbara Montessori, Urban Creeks Council, Environmental Defense Fund, California Urban Forest Council, UCSB Coastal Fund, the Alliance for Community Trees, Goleta Union School District (including Ellwood, El Camino, Brandon, La Patera, Kellogg Schools),  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 and Transportation 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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