BTF News

3rd Thursday in January at Lake Herman

January 19, 2018

The first 3rd Thursday in 2018 was celebrated at Benicia Tree Foundation's Lake Herman Open Space project site.  About a dozen volunteers from Benicia's Valero refinery participated.  Last year they helped us start replacing the tree cages around the tree saplings planted in the open space to protect them from the voles that invaded the area after last winter's rains.  The voles can penetrate the existing chickenwire cages.

Second Saturday in February was at Lake Herman

February 25, 2018


Ten volunteers responded to our Second Saturday Tree Care Day at Benicia Tree Foundation's Lake Herman Open Space project site.  About 18 trees were refitted with new cages to keep out the voles.  There are about 30 trees left to retrofit.Volunteers at Lake Herman Open Space

Rose Foundation supports the Benicia Tree Foundation

January 19, 2018

Last month the Benicia Tree Foundation received a grant from the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment.  The grant was from their Environmental Grassroots Fund and will support BTF operations.  "This grant provides a huge boost to our efforts for 2018," said BTF President Alison Fleck.  "We are also grateful to the letters of support provided by Mayor Elizabeth Patterson, the Benicia Unified School District, and the Benicia Housing Authority."

See Schedule for the 2018 Tree Care Days

January 7, 2018

The Second Saturday and Third Thursday Tree Care Days for the first six months of 2018 have been posted on our website calendar.  Each Tree Care Day begins at 9 AM and ends no later than Noon.  Pick a date and register on our website or call us at 745-4546 and leave your name and phone number.  That way we can be prepared with enough tools and snacks.

Preparing for the New Year

December 25, 2017

Preparing the Tree Care Days schedule for 2018 required site visits to assess conditions at the various project sites maintained by the Benicia Tree Foundation.  The site visits occurred on December 23rd.  Here is a quick rundown on what was found.

Watch for 2018 Tree Care Day Schedule

December 22, 2017

We are visiting our project sites over the next week to assess their maintenance needs for the upcoming year.  Our Second Saturday and Third Thursday Tree Care Days for 2018 will be posted before the end of 2017.

December Tree Care Day at Benicia State Park

December 9, 2017

Our Second Saturday Tree Care Day on December 9th was at Benicia State Recreation Area.  This event was originally scheduled in October, but was cancelled due to the smoke created by the wildfires to the north.  Eight of the 22 tree saplings at this site have been lost since they were planted in 2014.  Volunteers replanted these locations using acorns collected last September from the hills between Benicia and Cordelia.  The remaining tree saplings were prepped to capture as much moisture as possible in anticipation of our rainy season.  Let's hope for rain soon!&n