BTF News

2012 Tree Planting Season in Benicia Starts with Two Volunteer Events in January

January 12, 2012

The Benicia Tree Foundation (BTF) has partnered with the Benicia Unified School District (BUSD) to garner grants from California ReLeaf to plant 80 trees at Benicia High School (planted in 2011) and another 80 trees (to be planted this year) at Joe Henderson Elementary School. The partnership is built upon volunteer support consisting of students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members.  Two events are planned this month in support of these efforts:

Benicia’s Third Annual Arbor Day Event

October 1, 2011

“Our Community, Our Trees” Will Be Biggest Ever

The list of twenty-two participants in Benicia’s Third Annual Arbor Day Celebration to be held Saturday, October 15, 2011, 10am to 2pm, in Benicia City Park is more than twice the number that participated in last year’s event, reflecting a growing interest in supporting trees and community building in Benicia, according to Wolfram Alderson, Executive Director of the Benic

Young Benicia artists Win iPads

October 19, 2011

Times-Herald staff report BENICIA -- Two local eighth graders won iPads in an art contest at the city's third annual Arbor Day Celebration last Saturday.

Jonathan Park won first prize in the Benicia Tree Art Challenge for his graphite rendering of trees in City Park.

Angela Jennings received second prize for her rendering of a tree at the historic Lundin house.

Both attend Benicia Middle School.

Read the entire article by clicking here.

Volunteers needed for Benicia tree planting effort

June 22, 2011

BENICIA -- Volunteers are being sought to support a major tree-planting effort at Benicia High School on Friday, the Benicia Tree Foundation has announced.

The workday will involve staking, digging irrigation trenches and watering trees planted earlier this year by students and community members.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon.

Read the entire article by Tony Burchyns in the Times-Herald Vallejo by clicking here.

Benicia sets goal of planting 1,000 trees by end of 2012

June 13, 2011

By Tony Burchyns, Times-Herald

BENICIA -- An effort is taking root to plant 1,000 trees by the end of next year.

"Never has such an attempt been made to so substantially increase the forest canopy in Benicia," said Wolfram Alderson, executive director of the nonprofit Benicia Tree Foundation.

The initiative is being led by local residents calling themselves the "Tree-Keepers." They're working with the foundation to focus on tree planting, maintenance and education.

Foundation sets leafy goal for 2012

June 9, 2011

By Donna Beth Weilenman, Staff Reporter for the Benicia Herald

The Benicia Tree Foundation aims to plant 1,000 trees in Benicia by the end of 2012, said Wolfram Alderson, executive director.

“We’re just getting started,” Alderson said of the project to increase what he called Benicia’s urban forest. “We’re close to 10 percent of the goal.”

The initiative is being supported by residents called Tree-Keepers, who work with the tree foundation to encourage planting, maintenance and education.

Benicia Celebrates Heritage Tree

May 22, 2011

A group of tree-minded citizens helped celebrate Benicia's first Heritage Tree.

By JB Davis

Benicia roots for big turnout for heritage tree photo Saturday

May 22, 2011

BENICIA -- Say trees!

Err, "cheese."

Tree advocates are snapping a picture of the city's first heritage tree on Saturday, and residents are invited to crowd into the shot, the Benicia Tree Foundation says.

"Honoring this tree and recording the moment will take no more time than posting your status on Facebook, but carry far more social meaning," foundation director Wolfram Alderson said.

Anyone who would like to live on in the annals of Benicia's arboreal history is asked to show up at 9 a.m. at City Park at Military West and First Street.

Ceremony planned for city's 1st Heritage Tree

May 18, 2011

For a few minutes Saturday morning, cameras will be trained on a large and stately oak tree in downtown Benicia.