November 2013 Newsletter

Learn Young Fruit and Shade Tree Pruning from the experts at our November 9th  Workshop   


Arborist Dougal House demonstrating young tree pruning techniques at a previous workshop.

Some of the best arborists in Santa Barbara County will be your personal trainers at our young fruit and shade tree pruning workshop on Saturday morning November 9thth from 8 am to Noon at the Goleta Union School District Board Room, 401 N. Fairview Avenue in Goleta.  Experienced  Certified Arborists  Bill Spiewak, Dougal House, George Jimenez and Ken Knight provide personal interactive training in the techniques of pruning trees.   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, or by sending an email to, or by calling 685-7910.  

Currently scheduled GVB pruning events include the following dates:

November 9th – 1-4 p.m. -  San Marcos High, Turnpike side

November 16th – 9-noon – Isla Vista School

November 23rd – 9-noon - Ellwood Elementary

December 7th - 9-noon – Brandon Elementary

December 14th – 9-noon – La Patera Elementary

December 21st – 9-noon – Mt. View Elementary

More dates to be announced in January 2014.

Trees for Veterans Program Continues

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          Eugene Gallo                 John Van Dyke                   Al Rodriguez                        Mike Mauro                        Ray Charpentier                       Beau Yeakel                                       


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        James Drennan                                  John Kline                                  Larry Self                      Randolph Kallas                 Richard Cirincione

Veterans are continuing to take advantage of Goleta Valley Beautiful’s free shade or fruit tree program.   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.  Veterans have a wide choice of shade or fruit tree species, but according to available supplies.  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, or by mail at PO Box 6756, Goleta CA 93160-6756.  This is a limited time offer.  This program will continue through the end of February or as long as funding permits.  

A Science Night Demonstration Thank You

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Ellen Clark from Mt. View School sent us a stack of thank you cards from her students  who thanked us for our participation in their Science Night.  Owen’s thank you included his appreciation for the 40 power Micro-Brite microscopes we use for examining leaves from around the campus.  Keep up the good work Owen!      

NeighborWoods Month Tree Care Events Involve a Lot of Neighbors

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                                                                                    October 5th   Kellogg Elementary School


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                                                               October 12th UCSB North Campus Faculty Housing


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                               October 17th Kellogg Science Night


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                   October 24th La Patera Science Night


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                                                                        October 19th Fire Station 11


   The totals are in, we planted 44 trees and maintained 35 trees with 209 volunteers contributing 653 community service hours.  The groups represented and sponsorships include: Beta Theta Pi, The Wildlife Society, GVB Urban Forester Interns, Los Curanderos, Los Prietos, Alpha Phi Omega, Kellogg Elementary families, UCSB Community Affairs Board, UCSB Environmental Affairs Board, Alliance for Community Trees, UCSB Coastal Fund, California Dept. of Forestry and Fire Protection, California ReLeaf, Devereux, SB County Resource Recovery and Waste Management Division, Santa Barbara Unified School District, Goleta Union School District, and hundreds of GVB donor members.


All of our events are posted on our website volunteer events calendar at  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 Los Prietos Career Day


Goleta Valley Beautiful  participated in the career day program at Los Prietos Boys Camp on September 26th as part of our continuing program to provide vocational opportunities to at-risk students.

City of Goleta Public Tree Advisory Commission (PTAC)


      The City’s Public Tree Advisory Commission meeting is still not televised, so you’ll have to appear in person to listen to discussions and let your voice be heard.  At the last meeting, Goleta Valley Beautiful requested clarifications about tree specifications for young tree structural pruning contracts.  The City is working on this.  We appreciated Commissioner Brown’s request to schedule a PTAC meeting to discuss contracts with nonprofits.

       The upcoming schedule for the Public Tree Advisory Commission is as follows – all meetings are on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:00 pm; November 20th , December 18th, January 15th, February 19, March 19th, April 16th, May 21st and June 18th

Goleta Valley Beautiful News Briefs


In Memoriam of GVB Founder Jay Torrey




      Forty years ago, Jay Torrey and a group of local concerned citizens founded Goleta Beautiful, later renamed Goleta Valley Beautiful.  Jay’s lasting contributions can be seen throughout the community, but particularly in the legacy of trees that live on in his honor.  We had the privilege of providing a holiday tree to Jay and his wife last year.  Jay will be missed.

2014 Annual Membership Renewals Coming in the Mail and Online

        Our 2014 annual membership renewals will be going out in the mail soon.   We appreciate longtime GVB supporter Cecilia Brown starting off the campaign with a $500 donation. If you like what we do, please help support GVB in any amount you can.  If you would rather renew online, please remember that the credit card companies charge a 3% fee.  In light of increasing costs, please consider increasing your support from last year.

GVB Moving From Devereux Greenhouse and Growing Grounds

        GVB will be moving from the Devereux Greenhouse and Growing Grounds by the end of the year to make way for expanding Devereux operations.  A portion of the new growing grounds will be moved to the Cabrillo Business Park and GVB is in negotiations for a new greenhouse site.  GVB hopes to complete the move by the end of this year. 

Holiday Tree Rental Program Canceled for 2013


      Due to the moving of trees from the Devereux Greenhouse, the GVB Holiday Tree Rental Program will not take place this year. 


Advisory Council




      The Goleta Valley Beautiful Advisory Council met at the Bacara Resort & Spa on Wednesday October 16th.    The Bacara Resort & Spa generously sponsored a magnificent buffet lunch in a stunning setting while Moderator Eric Onnen assisted in exploring ways in which GVB can increase the formal relationships with local public agencies involving tree services.

Fall Interns Continue Their Work with Goleta Valley Beautiful

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           Ben Lerner                         Clark Shao                        Hannah Vasilis


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         Matt Manabat                     Melanie Fontana                     Tasha Royal

Above are a second group of new and returning interns that have been working  at the Devereux greenhouse since September.  We welcome them for another term of learning and service thanks to our sponsors UCSB Coastal Fund and the Workforce Investment Board.

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.

Thanks also to last month’s sponsors including: Bacara Resort & Spa, Beta Theta Pi, Devereux, Sares-Regis Groups, Pacifica Suites, Marborg Inc., 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

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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