The mission of the Benicia Tree Foundation is to strengthen community by promoting and supporting tree planting, maintenance, and education.
The Vision of Benicia Tree Foundation is on a year-round basis, we will offer an innovative, integrated, and engaging range of programs focused on building community and a vibrant urban forest. Health and sustainability will be promoted through tree planting and preservation, and environmental education programs that result in significant and measurable improvements in Benicia’s urban forest and reduction of Benicia’s CO2 footprint. We envision that all Benicia’s will have the opportunity to participate in enhancing and enjoying the urban forest, regardless of income, or property owner status.
The Benicia Tree Foundation is working to provide the community resources to help improve and manage trees on private land. City government is limited to improving and managing public lands but, obviously, that leaves many areas of the community without resources to address tree concerns.
The Benicia Tree Foundation will fill the gaps in public information and seek resources to fulfill our mission.
Some public property, such as schools, are not supported by the City Government (at least in regard to trees), so we have forged a partnership with the Benicia Unified School District in response to this need.
We are in alignment with a national movement to identify best practices (BMPs) for planting and maintaining urban trees, and promote the idea of "Right Tree, Right Place." Nationally, research shows that trees are are a good investment for property owners and for municipalities. "The planting and care of community trees represents wise investments in what is perhaps the only part of a city’s infrastructure that actually increases in value and contribution over time." (Arbor Day Foundation)
The core of our *strategy is to build upon the efforts of everyday people who want to do extraordinary things. We call these people "Benicia Tree-Keepers" and have created a program to support tree-planting and community building efforts. Please join with your neighbors and community members in this history making effort! Youth in Benicia have a special role and focus for our work.
Please consider involving your whole family!