An initiative is currently under way to plant 1,000 trees in Benicia. We are mapping every tree we plant (Click here to view a Google map of tree planting locations.) and also feature our "Tree-Keepers" prominently on our website. Never has such an attempt been made to so substantially increase the forest canopy in Benicia.
In 2014, California State Parks agreed to work with the Benicia Tree Foundation to develop a tree planting project for the Benicia State Recreation Area. The project had to adhere to the BSRA General Plan, which called for preservation of the park's open character and views. California State Parks also has a Genetic Integrity Policy which requires all plant materials to be native to the general vicinity where the park is located.
In 2014, Benicia Housing Authority (Authority) agreed to work with the Benicia Tree Foundation to develop a tree planting project for their Capitol Heights residential complex. This eight acre site was developed in the 1940's to accommodate 75 households. Half the site is equipped with a water meter paid by the Authority and is richly landscaped. The other half of the site has sparse landscaping because it relies on water supplied by the residents.
Tips to help trees thrive during the drought
Since 2011, Benicia Tree Foundation has planted more than 120 new trees on the campus of Benicia High School. Volunteers from throughout the community participated including BHS students, faculty and parents. The eighty trees that were planted in front of the campus on Military Drive in 2011 are past their establishment period and doing very well!
NEXT VOLUNTEER DATE: TBA
We've been planting dozens of young trees around the tennis courts and upper parking lot of Benicia High School this season. We'll be scheduling maintenance days soon - stay tuned or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2014 WINNERS!
Marissa Kephart and Kaitlyn Tang
ARBOR DAY FESTIVAL
was held on
Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Benicia City Park
The 2013 Tree Challenge contest requires contestants to submit six words and a photo of a Benicia tree to become eligible to win a Google Nexus 7 tablet and to receive community recognition. The contest is open to Benicia's middle school and high school aged students.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS - Megan Klein and Lindsey Rainer!
The 2012 Tree Challenge contest required contestants to submit six words and a photo to become eligible to win an iPad and to receive community recognition. The contest was open to Benicia's middle school and high school students.