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

Join the Cinco De Mayo Party at the 39th Annual GVB Awards at Dos Pueblos Ranch


View from Casa Grande

We’ll be having a Cinco De Mayo party on May 5th at the magnificent Dos Pueblos Ranch Gardens to celebrate our 39th Annual Award winners:

In addition to our award presentations, we will have a taco truck with homemade tortillas, a salsa bar, wine and Mexican beer.  Entertainment will be provided by the Bren Grass Band.  Our silent auction features an amazing variety of items you can’t live without. This benefit helps support Goleta Valley Beautiful tree planting, care and educational programs.   Special thanks to our event sponsors the Rudi Shulte Family Foundation, Mosher Foundation, Southern California Gas Company, Camino Real Marketplace, Marborg and Rabobank.  Reservations are now available online at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org (under Support Us-Attend an Event) for $30 and only $10 for students.   For more information call 685-7910, or email kknight@goletavalleybeautiful.org.   We look forward to seeing you there.


Commercial - 111 Castilian Drive (left)

Single Family Residential - 224 Carlo Drive (right)      


Quality of Life - Abundant Care (left)     

Sustainable Design - 5081 Amberly Place (right)                                                                                      


Farm/Orchard - Bragg Farms (left)

Open Space - UCSB Coal Oil Point Reserve (right)                           


Open Category - Fallen Firefighters Memorial (left)

Multi Family/Homeowners Association - Pacific Glen (right)


Public/Institutional - San Marcos High (left)

Public/Private partnership - Tabano Hollow (right)      

Community Partner - Mormon Helping Hands

Golden Shovel - Jeff Boyle

Explore areas you’ve never seen before at the 12th Annual Heritage Tree and History Bus Tour on May 19th!


From left to right: Sister Witness Tree, Bragg Farms, 2010 Heritage Tree & History Tour

Don’t miss this one-time event!  Get an exclusive chance to see the largest California Sycamore in the country during our 12th Annual Heritage Tree and History Bus Tour on Sunday, May 19th from Noon to 5 pm.  Goleta Valley Beautiful and the Goleta Valley Historical Society jointly host the event, sponsored by Santa Barbara Airbus.  This majestic sycamore called the Sister Witness Tree is one of several national champions that hosts Jerry Sortomme and Ken Knight will introduce you to, and that is just at the beginning of the tour!  You’ll go to areas that you can’t get to on your own.  We will be returning to the Bishop Ranch for the first time in several years as well.   Just added to the tour is a visit to the historical trees at Arroyo Hondo.  We’ll also see how century old walnut trees have been preserved while preparing for the next generation of fruit trees at Bragg farm.   We’ll start our tour in the courtyard of the Goleta Valley Community Center with a light  lunch surrounding the nations’ largest Australian Willow.  Tickets can be reserved on line on a first come-first served basis at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org for only $40 with a special student admission of only $5.  For more information call 685-7910.    

Walkway to Al Turnbull Grove completed with waves of community volunteers



In celebration of National Arbor Day, one hundred eighty volunteers honored the legacy of Al Turnbull’s tree planting efforts by constructing a 150 foot walkway from the Goleta Depot to the Grove entrance.  Over a two day period, the diverse collection of community groups came together to improve an all-weather, handicapped accessible walkway to the grove of 90 oak trees that Goleta Valley Beautiful and Optimist Club Board member Al Turnbull initiated over a period of 20 years beginning back in 1990.   

The project began on April 26th with the Community Action Commission’s Youth Corps followed by the UCSB Fraternity and Sorority Council on April 26th digging the foundation and preparing the base, along with updating a Geographic Information System database of the Groves trees.  On the following day April 27th, 50 members of the Mormon Helping Hands project completed the decomposed granite surface, with finishing touches provided by the Los Prietos Boys Camp in the afternoon.     

Support for the project was provided by a bequest from the estate of Al Turnbull, and with the assistance of City of Goleta staff.  We hope that the this walkway will be the impetus for future walkway projects encircling the grove.



Sign up for Goleta Valley Beautiful May Volunteer Events


It’s pretty dry out there so the trees need our help preparing for the long summer ahead with lots of weeding and mulching.  We’ll also  being doing science night events at local schools, and a tree planting restoration project at UCSB North Campus on May 31/June1.  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.



Goleta Valley Beautiful News Briefs

Goleta City Council Action Affects Saturday Volunteer Tree Planting: In an unexpected action, the Goleta City Council adopted changes to the City’s Street Tree Planting guidelines that substantially increase the regulation and the cost of volunteer tree planting efforts on City property.  Staff had recommended sending the guidelines to the newly established Public Tree Advisory Commission for review and comment but Council instead adopted the guidelines.  The guidelines conflict with the City’s adopted Urban Forest Management Plan and with professional arboriculture standards of the ANSI and ISA.  The Public Tree Advisory Commission is expected to take up this issue when they begin meeting.   

Bill Spiewak is the City’s Contract City Arborist – When Bill Millar retired from the City of Goleta last year, his position was eliminated.  While there never was a formal City Arborist position on staff, Bill Millar had Certified Arborist qualifications and performed many of those responsibilities.  Highly respected Master Arborist Bill Spiewak is now being retained by the City to provide professional arboriculture consulting on a contract basis.  Goleta Valley Beautiful members know Bill from his appearance at annual Young Tree Care Workshops, and his efforts to improve the arboriculture profession through his classes at City College and his actives with ISA.  Welcome aboard.

Thanks also to last month’s sponsors including: City of Goleta, UCSB Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER), 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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