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

Local Genome Trees Used for UCSB CCBER Restoration Project  


Citrix volunteers joined GVB interns to initiate the project on 5/31/13

GVB volunteers planted 16 Coast Live Oaks as part of a continuing restoration project near the second phase of the North Campus Faculty Housing Project north of the former Ocean Meadows Golf Course.  We’ll be back in the fall to plant more native trees grown at our Devereux Nursery.

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Continuing series - You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone

Lemon orchards recently removed along Los Carneros Road.  Reports are that the trees were not productive and will be replaced by other fruit trees, possibly avocados.


Left to right: Before and after at the Kellogg Elementary Campus

Four mature trees lost at Kellogg Elementary including a Canary Island Pine (beetles), two Mulberry trees (decay and structural damage), and a Coral tree (split in two).  We hope to get replacement trees planted in the fall.

Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t


Los Prietos Boys Camp crews recently helped clear the weeds from a planting we did along Hollister Ave at Santa Barbara Shores several years ago.  We watered for several years and the trees are doing fine.  The Cotoneaster groundcover near Palo Alto has survived fairly well , but the majority of the area closer to  Santa Barbara Shores has just about disappeared.  We’re rethinking what can grow there without supplemental water.  Suggestions?

Citrix employees celebrate Global Day of Impact with GVB


Citrix employees volunteered throughout the month of June weeding, watering and transplanting at the Devereux nursery.

Summer Urban Forester Interns


Returning interns include Matt Manabat, Hannah Vasilis and Felicia Schneider

A big welcome to our hardworking crew of summer interns, who will be with us until Labor Day. And thank you to the sponsor of their positions, the UCSB Coastal Fund.


Left to right: Interns Amelia DuVall, Adriana Rabago, and Carolyn Meisner


Left to right: Interns Christina Patrov, Daniel Margana, Felicia Schneider, and Hannah Vasilis


Left to right: Interns Julia Wilson, Matt Manabat, and Nick Saige

Alpha and Citrix/Yardi Volunteers Team Up


Citrix and Yardi volunteers assisting Alpha clients at a 6/14/13 fruit tree planting on the Alpha Campus


Sign up for Goleta Valley Beautiful Summer Volunteer Events

Repotting sycamores at Devereux Greenhouse (note no roof)

It’s pretty dry out there so the trees need our help preparing for the long summer ahead with lots of weeding, watering and mulching.  Our Saturday morning events occur from 9 to Noon, usually 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.   There are no Saturday afternoon events in the summertime, we’ll start them again in the fall when it gets cooler.  For all volunteer tree care events, please RSVP at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org.  Any questions call (805) 685-7910.

All of our events are posted on our website volunteer events calendar at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org.  Summaries of our events are also listed on our website calendar.  We do have special projects for students interested in earning community service credits, and weekday events.    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

Help wanted: Hayley Cox, our longtime former Board member and current Office Manager, is graduating and  will be leaving us on August 1st.  We’ll be looking for a salaried part time Office Manager two to three days a week (16-20 flexible hours)  to transition to her position beginning August.  Position closes July 19th.    Contact Ken Knight at kknight@goletavalleybeautiful.org for a job description and additional information.

GVB Board position openings: We have filled the 5 student Board members openings (more on that next month), but we still have 2 General Board member positions open.  These are unsalaried volunteer Board positions   The Board meets once a month on the evening of the first Wednesday and monthly time commitment is normally about 10 hours.  Contact Ken Knight at kknight@goletavalleybeautiful.org for job descriptions and additional information.

Highway 101 tree planting project:  We now have a landscape contractor’s license but now we have to complete CalTrans encroachment permit requirements. Our Los Carneros/Glen Annie Interchanges tree planting project is now 9 months behind schedule, but we are optimistic we can break ground within a month.

We have an app for that – Some of the wizards at the UCSB Bren School of Environmental Science & Management have developed an android app that could make our tree inventory process faster, more accurate and easier to display to the public.  We hope to show and tell more next month.  

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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