March 2014 Newsletter

Celebrate California Arbor Week March 7-14!

               Arbor week 2013 at La Patera Elementary


While others states celebrate Arbor Day, California celebrates Arbor week!  We’ll be celebrating Arbor Week 2014 with tree plantings at local elementary and high Schools, UCSB, and an official Arbor Week tree planting with the City of Goleta, complete with proclamation.  Check our website volunteer calendar for specific times and locations, or call us at 685-7910.

Volunteer Events-Check for March events and updates


                          2-8-14 San Marcos HS                                                               2-8-14 Foothill Elementary                                                        2-15-14 Brandon Elementary                            

Tree Planting and Care - In February we structurally pruned trees we had previously planted at San Marcos High, Dos Pueblos High, and Foothill, Brandon, Ellwood, La Patera and Montessori schools, generating a lot of green waste in the process.  Our continuing  thanks to Los Prietos Boys Camp for their help with young tree care.  In March we’ll continue to prune at local elementary schools, and plant replacement trees at City of Goleta parks and UCSB. Come join us, we’ll help you learn how to care for trees according to the latest scientific procedures.


               2-22-14 Dos Pueblos High                                         2-22-14 Ellwood Elementary

Science Nights/Discovery Events- Approximately 100 students and parents from Laguna Blanca School participated in their science discovery projects with our crew of urban foresters.  Later in the month about 200 Ellwood School students and parents participated in their Science Night, and about 150 El Camino students and parents attended their event. 


                  2-4-14 Laguna Blanca                            2-20-14 Ellwood Elementary               2-27-14 El Camino Elementary


Roadside trash collection in the Goleta area so far this year is 15.5 bags of trash collected in 32 volunteer hours of community service.

Call 964-7117 to participate in graffiti removal and to report incidents in your area as soon as you see it.

GVB/San Marcos High Horticultural Program Partnership Continues  


In February, GVB continued working with San Marcos High horticultural students as they learn the scientific process for growing the next generation of trees.  Students planted over 400 Coast Live Oak, Valley Oak and Island Oak acorns in one gallon containers, and further protected them from predators with hardware wire cages.   We’ll be continuing to meet with SMHS students over the next term.

40th Annual Awards & Benefit Celebration at Stow House on May 4th

GVB returns to the Stow House for our 40th Annual Awards & Benefit on Sunday, May 4th from 3 to 5 p.m.  Ticket information coming to our website soon.  If you would like to donate a product or service for our silent auction, please call 685-7910.  Please show your support by attending the event and consider a sponsorship at one of the following levels:

·         Champion of the Good Land       $5,000

·         Guardian of the Good Land         $2,000

·         Steward of the Good Land           $1,000

·         Custodian of the Good Land       $   500

2014 Annual Membership Renewals– Free tree available to all donor members

As Goleta Valley Beautiful enters its 40th year, we thank our individual donors who have invested in our work year after year.  As part of our mission, we offer a free tree from our growing grounds to our donor members.  Please note that since the majority of our trees are large shade trees native to the south coast, they are not likely to be suitable for planting in narrow spaces such as street parkways.  However, these trees will make a great addition to locations with sufficient space for the roots.  We can give you advice on how to identify the right tree for the right place.     

Below is a list of our current donors who have renewed their membership during February and the year they first started investing in Planting for Tomorrow GVB.  Our computerized donor records only go back to 2001, and we know there are a lot of you who have been ongoing supporters of GVB for many years. Only those who have renewed for 2014 in the month of February are included in this list.  


Allard, Doug


Adams, Rebecca and Peter


Millett, Josephine


Gress, David


Smith, Charlotte and Brian


Piasecki, Kathy and Mark


Allmandinger, Tiffany



Our 2014 annual membership renewals have been mailed. 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 at

Goleta Valley Beautiful News Briefs

Help your trees survive the drought  - The California Urban Forests Council has a handy one page list of recommendations on how to help your trees during periods of drought.  The website with the flier is   or you can try cutting and pasting the following link in your browser


GVB looking for spring and summer interns - We just finished training the Winter interns and now it’s time to prepare for the spring interns beginning at the end of March and summer interns beginning in June.  We are looking for both paid and volunteer internships for both terms.  Open positions include urban forester, grant writer, mapping and office assistant interns.  Call 685-7910 for more information and to discuss the application process.


GVB openings for Board members – GVB has several opening for a one year term on the Board of Directors.  We have several graduating seniors, so there will be openings for student representatives on the Board of Directors as well.  We are also looking for tree advocates to provide testimony at public meetings (we will train you!)  Contact Board President, Phebe Mansur for more information at 685-2277.


Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program (EEMP) Grant Returned -  After 4 years of effort, GVB has notified the State that we not be able to proceed with their grant to provide 188 additional trees for landscaping the Los Carneros and Glen Annie interchanges.  CalTrans wanted GVB to provide perpetual responsibility for the maintenance of the proposed landscaping.   The original grant that we submitted did not incorporate this maintenance requirement and GVB does not have the capacity to meet CalTrans maintenance requirements beyond our normal 3 years maintenance.  CalTrans required the City of Goleta to support the project if it was to go forward despite the fact that this was not a City project.  The Goleta City Council on 2/4/14 voted not to take any action, which GVB viewed as appropriate.  It is not reasonable for local jurisdictions and nonprofits to take responsibility for CalTrans right of way maintenance forever, so GVB unfortunately must end work on this project.  This is a significant financial setback to GVB as we had invested years of staff time and development costs that will not be reimbursed, and we do not have other grant funding that will replace this program. 

Thanks to our sponsors including: Workforce Investment Program, Citrix Online, Deckers Outdoor Corporation, Marborg, Rabobank, Rudy Schulte Family Foundation, Venoco, Michael Towbes, Edison, Home Depot Foundation, SoCalGas, Mosher Foundation, Beta Theta Pi, Coastal Fund, California ReLeaf, Alliance for Community Trees, Sares-Regis Groups, Pacifica Suites, Alpha, City of Goleta, UCSB Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER), California Urban Forest Council, Goleta Union School District, Santa Barbara Unified School District, 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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