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. 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...
  3. 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,...
  4. 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...
  5. i-Tree version 5.0 Now Available

    The i-Tree Team is excited to announce the release of i-Tree version 5.0!  This latest upgrade to the powerful and versatile i-Tree software suite introduces cutting-edge features and adds a variety of enhancements based on user feedback and our own continuing quest to produce the most innovative and accessible tools...