1. Goleta Valley Beautiful Seeking Nominations for 2013 Awards

    Goleta Valley Beautiful is seeking nominations for their 2013 Annual Awards.  The awards recognize projects in the Goleta Valley which promote beautification and sustainability, further community pride, and contribute positively to a diverse and healthy urban forest. Nominations for awards are open to everyone, including self-nominations, and you do not...
  2. The Physics of Trees

    Have you ever wondered about why certain trees only grow so tall or why some trees have giant leaves while others have small leaves? Turns out, it’s physics.   Recent studies at University of California, Davis, and Harvard University published in this week’s issue of the journal Physical Review Letters...
  3. The Relationship Between Trees & Human Health

    The Relationship Between Trees and Human Health Evidence from the Spread of the Emerald Ash Borer   Background: Several recent studies have identifıed a relationship between the natural environment and improved health outcomes. However, for practical reasons, most have been observational, cross-sectional studies.   Purpose: A natural experiment, which provides...
  4. US Forest Service Report Forecasts Next 50 Years

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2012 —A comprehensive U.S. Forest Service report released today examines the ways expanding populations, increased urbanization, and changing land-use patterns could profoundly impact natural resources, including water supplies, nationwide during the next 50 years. Significantly, the study shows the potential for significant loss of privately-owned forests to...
  5. Shot Hole Borer – An emerging issue in LA and Orange County

    The Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer is an ambrosia beetle that has a symbiosis with Fusarium sp. and is a serious problem for the Israeli avocado industry.   If you suspect that you have found this beetle or seen symptoms of the Fusarium dieback in your grove or surrounding areas in other host plants please contact either your local farm advisor,...
  6. New Online Tool Estimates Carbon and Energy Impact of Trees

    DAVIS, Calif.— A tree is more than just a landscape design feature. Planting trees on your property can lower energy costs and increase carbon storage, reducing your carbon footprint. A new online tool developed by the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection...
  7. The Dust Bowl – Can It Happen Again?

    This is an interesting article by Mark Hopkins at Valley Crest. He talks about the connection between native plantings, drought conditions, and the Dust Bowl. It seems the bulk of action needs to be taken by urban residents. In the 1930’s the nation’s mid-section experienced one of the worst ecological...
  8. Field Training on the Goldspotted Oak Borer

    Announcing another hands-on training from Goldspotted Oak Borer (GSOB) researchers and specialists while in the field. Topics covered at this 3-hour training include identification of goldspotted oak borer and other insect pests; identification of oak diseases and pathogens; assessing oaks at risk and oak woodland health; Zone of Infestation, firewood...