BTF News

Park Solano Tree Planting October 19th

September 6, 2019

Save the Date, Saturday, October 19, for a tree planting project at Park Solano, a two-acre neighborhood park located at the corner of Solano Drive and Hastings Drive, across from the firestation in Southampton.  We need volunteers to help rejuvenate this 30-year old park with new trees.  Since April of this year, Benicia Tree Foundation has been working with a donor (who is paying for the trees) and City staff to identify locations and species for 13 new trees, consistent wtih the Master Plan adopted by the City for this park in 1997.

Summer Tree Care Days

September 3, 2019

The schedule for Tree Care Days slows down in the summer for the Benicia Tree Foundation.  Tasks are limited to watering trees that are still in their establishment period.

In June we had Tree Care Day at Mary Farmar and Benicia High.  The campuses are adjacent to each other and each had trees that were planted last winter and needed watering.  At Benicia High were were watering acorns that sprouted last winter.  We planted at 18 locations and 16 spouted with Coast live oak saplings.

Valero Tackles Tree Keeper Projects this summer

August 20, 2019

The Benicia Tree Foundation offers the Benicia Tree Keeper Program to Benicia property owners seeking advice on their tree planting projects.  Valero community relations staff approached the Benicia Tree Foundation this summer for advice on how to incorporate trees in landscaping projects at two of their properties in the Benicia Industrial Park.

Spring 2019 Arbor Day/Earth Day Event on Rose Drive

April 29, 2019

Benicia Spring Arbor Day for 2019 was held in conjuction with Earth Day on April 27, 2019.  Nearly 30 volunteers assembled at Community Park to hear welcoming comments from Supervisor Monica Brown and Mayor Elizabeth Patterson.  After receiving planting instructions from staff of the city's Parks and  Community Services Department, volunteers spread out along Rose Drive to plant ten Deodara cedars (Cedar deodaras).  Volunteers also picked up nearly 30 pounds of trash in Community Park. 

2017 Arbor Day Event on Rose Drive

April 29, 2017

On April 29, a group of Benicia High Students, Cub Scouts, and other Benicia residents, with the assistance from staff of the City's Parks and  Community Services Department, planted nine Ginkgo biloba (Maidenhair trees) on Rose Drive east of Panorama Drive.

Releaf Grant Helps Fund Arbor Day

April 10, 2019

Benicia Tree Foundation sponsored Tree Care Days at Joe Henderson Elementary School on March 30 and April 6.  These tree care days included weeding and pruning trees that were planted by students at the school in 2012. 

The trees had grown to the point where structural pruning was needed.  Trees that grow to be large are more structurally sound and cost-effective to maintain when trained with a central dominant leader that extends into the crown.  Side branches should be staggered along the leader and trunk rather than clustered together.

Two for One Tree Care Day

March 25, 2019

Our Third Thursday Tree Care Day in March included two project sites.  Volunteers from Valero's Benicia refinery met at Benicia State Recreation Area to weed around 18 trees planted in 2014.  The group then moved across town to the Benicia National Guard Armory to weed and mulch 12 trees planted there in 2013.  Afterwards, we had a picnic lunch across the street at Francesca Terrace Park.

Valero employees stand behind a live oak sapling at Benicia State Recreation Area

2019 Benicia Arbor Day Scheduled

January 30, 2019

As a Tree City USA, the City of Benicia has set April 27th as the date for the City's official Arbor Day Celebration.  Ten trees will be planted on Rose Drive beginning at 9 AM.  The Benicia Tree Foundation will assist the City by recruiting volunteers to help plant the trees.  Volunteers are asked to register prior to the event on the Benicia Tree Foundation website and to get further information on where to meet for the tree planting.  Tools, instructions, and refreshments will be provided.  

Benicia Tree Foundation Releases Annual Report

January 5, 2019

Members of the Benicia Tree Foundation Board of Directors attended the first City Council meeting of 2019 to announce the availability of the Foundation's Annual Report.  This report describes our accomplishments this past year and our goals for 2019.  You can view the file by clicking on the attachment below this photograph.

Students planting trees at Mary Farmar Arbor Day Celebration in December 2018