October 2013 Newsletter

Trees for Veterans Program Underway


Veterans are taking advantage of Goleta Valley Beautiful’s free shade or fruit tree program.  Veterans and Goleta Valley Beautiful volunteers planted and delivered the first 21 trees to local veterans in September.   The project focuses on getting veterans involved in community service, and benefiting them directly with free trees and supplies for their homes, and on the grounds of veteran’s services buildings.  We’ve had some veterans walking into Home Depot and asking for a tree, but although the Home Depot Foundation is providing funds,  the program is actually operated through Goleta Valley Beautiful so contact us please.  We’re trying to give veterans a wide choice of shade or fruit tree species, but we are finding that supplies of trees in some cases are limited, so we may have to go with a second or third choice of tree.  All supporting planting materials will be provided with the trees, including a hose to water the trees if needed.  Goleta Valley Beautiful arborists will provide technical assistance and lead all volunteer planting projects aimed at involving interested veterans of any ability, along with a strong network of supportive community volunteers and available Team Depot staff. 

               Veterans living in Santa Barbara County interested in participating in this program either as a tree recipient and/or as a volunteer can contact Goleta Valley Beautiful at 685-7910, by e-mail kknight@goletavalleybeautiful.org, or by mail at PO Box 6756, Goleta CA 93160-6756.  This is a limited time offer.  We’ll keep providing trees till our funding runs out.     



          Gary Forsell                             Nathanial Brock                       Paul Burri                                                  Elaine Batzianis                                                      





          Rafael Peinado                              Richard Warren                                  Robert Gray                                         Vets planting trees at Elks Lodge

Day of Caring at San Marcos High Produces Remarkable Results



                                      Before                                                                                              After

The before and after photos above show how the dedicated Day of Caring volunteers made a campus oasis happen.  16 trees, 242 plants, tons of mulch, and 49 volunteers working all day Saturday September 28th resulted in two renovated corridors at San Marcos High.  Goleta Valley Beautiful organized and designed the event made possible by the United Way Day of Caring volunteers from Goleta Valley Beautiful, San Marcos High, the El Camino Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, the Miyori bunch, Cottage Health System, and the Royal Pride foundation.  Financial support came from San Marcos High School, the Royal Pride Foundation, West Covina Nurseries and Goleta Valley Beautiful.  Go Royals!  






Sign up for Goleta Valley Beautiful NeighborWoods Month Tree Care Events




Our October Saturday morning and afternoon tree care events will be in celebration of NeighborWoods month.  National NeighborWoods® Month is the annual community service campaign and national celebration of community trees taking place during the month of October sponsored by the Alliance for Community trees.  We’ll be continuing our Trees for Veterans Program, tree plantings at Kellogg School, a UCSB restoration project, and a tree planting project at Fire Station 11, as well as participating in three Science Nights at local schools.   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.

GVB Supports Annual Creek Week




        Goleta Valley Beautiful  donated a 15 gallon Coast Live Oak that a Los Prietos Boys Camp crew planted on September 19th during Creek Week.  Located on the western banks of the San Jose Creek at the Elks Lodge property, the tree will help stabilize the bank while providing shade for the adjacent picnic area.

Sign Up for November 11th Small Tree Pruning Workshop  

        Goleta Valley Beautiful is sponsoring a small (under 15’) tree pruning workshop on Saturday morning November 11th from 8 am to Noon at the Goleta Union School District Board Room, 401 N. Fairview Avenue in Goleta.  This will be an interactive opportunity to learn the techniques of pruning through hands on training from experienced Certified Arborists.   All work will be done from the ground with no climbing or ladders.  All tools and equipment will be provided.   We’ll review the types of trees that could benefit from pruning, why pruning a tree when young is important,  how and when to prune a tree,  the differences between pruning shade and fruit trees, recognizing common insect and disease problems, and when to call in a professional.   The workshop is free to those who pledge to participate in a future 3 hour public service project within the next four months that will provide them experience in pruning, otherwise there will be a $20 charge.  Registration will be through the Goleta Valley Beautiful website in mid-October.  Additional information available by calling 685-7910.  

Shade policies and Urban Forestry Objectives: The Message isn’t getting through

        A survey of professionals from parks, recreation and public health fields conducted by GP RED a Colorado-based nonprofit found that only a fifth of the agencies and organizations responding had formal policies regarding providing shade in outdoor facilities, and less than a third addressed providing shade in their local planning process.  Recent concern about the prevalence of skin cancers due to UV radiation exposure has heightened medical and public perception about the need to limit exposure to the sun during peak UV radiation hours.  But the fact that so few public agencies consider provision of shade in the planning process (70% do not) and that 13% of respondents didn’t even know if they addressed shade in the planning process, shows at a minimum that there is a disconnect in promoting some of the health benefits of trees and urban forests, namely the prevention of chronic disease from solar radiation.   Download the complete report at   http://gpred.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/GP-RED-2013-Shade-Survey-report.pdf

Goleta Valley Beautiful News Briefs

Executive Director Addresses Maintenance Superintendent’s Association Conference

        Executive Director and Certified Municipal Specialist Arborist Ken Knight conducted a training workshop on September 12, 2013, on the topic of “The Next Generation of Public Trees”.   The workshop explored how municipal officials can anticipate long term impacts such as climate change in their choice of tree species, and use tools such as Silva Cells that can multiply the benefits of trees.  The Maintenance Superintendents’ Association is supported by a membership comprised of Mid-Management Municipal, County, State and Special District employees who are responsible for and dedicated to the cost effective maintenance of the public infrastructure.  They are dedicated to the ongoing education of their members and the dissemination of available safety procedures.


Fall Interns Begin Their Work with Goleta Valley Beautiful



       Christian Correa                                    Courtney King                                       Dylan Ruan



        Rashida Toliver                                             Sarah Heller                                       Tom Tran


A group of new and returning interns started work this week at the Devereux Greenhouse and at the GVB office.  We welcome them for another term of learning and service.


Wanted - GPS Equipment Needed for Precise Tree Measurement

        GVB GPS mapping interns are in need of a Trimble or similar GPS unit that can provide under 3’ accuracy.  Our current GPS equipment, including phone based GPS units, do not provide sufficient accuracy to identify tree locations in large, non-address based locations such as schools and parks.  The more accurate Trimble GPS units we would like to use for our tree mapping program are beyond our means to acquire.  If someone locally has an unit that we could borrow, we would appreciate letting us know a contact person.


Help Wanted – Goleta Valley Beautiful Committee Assignments

        Don’t have time to volunteer for service on the Goleta Valley Beautiful Board?  We have several limited term projects where we could use your assistance in areas such as grant writing, office assistance, data input, phone contacts, and other projects that could be done in either the Goleta Valley Beautiful office or at home.  Call 685-7910 to let us know what you are interested in doing.


GVB Provides Testimony at Climate Action Plan Workshop Meeting

        At the September 19st Goleta City Workshop to develop a Climate Action Plan, Goleta Valley Beautiful representatives presented testimony on how shade trees can be used to mitigate the effects of Greenhouse gas emissions.  Our message was to use the data contained in the Urban Forest Management Plan that quantifies how trees can sequester carbon.    However, the City’s Urban Forest management Plan recommends planting only 100 trees a year, which will take 23 years to plant the current number of public tree site vacancies in the city.  The current tree planting rate will have less of an impact on greenhouse gas emissions than some other mitigation factors, but the impact of tree planting could be increased by simply planting trees at a faster rate.  In addition, the impact of planting trees in private areas was not discussed.  We’re continuing to monitor the recommendations from the consultant.    

Thanks also to last month’s sponsors including: Devereux, Sares-Regis Groups, Pacifica Suites, Marborg Inc, United Way, Alpha, 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, California ReLeaf, Santa Barbara County Resource Recovery and Waste Management Division,  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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