BTF News

It Is Easy Being Green: Join Tour

March 2, 2011

It seems like everyone wants to lead a "greener" lifestyle these days, except those in denial about global warming.  Riding a bike is a green form of exercise, since you are not consuming power from the electrical grid, or burning fossil fuels. Compared with some forms of recreation, it is downright energy efficient.  Walking or running are also low-emission activities, but think of golf, with its huge burden of turf maintenance, or off-road motor sports with their carbon emissions. 

Bicycle Tree Tour Combines Tree Education & Cycling Fun - Led by Benicia Master Arborist & Bicycle Builder

March 1, 2011

A Tree Tour of Benicia by Bicycle will be held Saturday, March 5th, 2011. Bring your bike and meet Ed Brennan, tour leader, at the corner of 1st and B Streets at 10:00 am sharp.

It's So Easy Being Green

March 1, 2011

By Alison Fleck, Benicia Patch.   Oh boy, are we ever in for nice weather. The sun has come out to play and the flowers are beginning to grace our hillsides.  I feel so lucky to look out on the strait and see the water and green hills every day. The word "paradise" comes to mind frequently.

Click here to read more and see the photos.

Spade to Soil

March 1, 2011

Source: Benicia Herald    VOLUNTEERS — including Larry Lamoreux, above, and Benicia Mayor Elizabeth Patterson, bottom (with Steve Goetz) — took advantage of good weather Saturday to prepare the ground at Benicia High School for the planting of 80 trees, the result of a collaboration between the Benicia Unified School District, Benicia Tree Foundation and the California Native Plant Society. Click here to read more and view photos.

Benicia's First Heritage Tree

February 24, 2011

The Benicia Tree Foundation's efforts to establish the first heritage tree in Benicia were recognized on the California ReLeaf web site. Click here to view the article.

Finding New Ways to Get Kids Interested in Trees

November 4, 2010

California ReLeaf

In October, the Benicia Tree Foundation tried something new. They gave away an iPad to get area youth interested in their urban forest. Students in 5th through 12th grade were challenged to correctly identify the most trees species within the City of Benicia.

Parks, Rec and Cemetery Commission Says Tree Should Receive Special Status

February 11, 2011

By Clarisa Morales Roberts - Benicia.Patch.com

Benicia is poised to have its first Heritage Tree if City Council approves a Parks, Recreation and Cemetery Commission recommendation made at their meeting, Wednesday night, February 9 at City Hall.

Contest Lures Kids Into Learning About Trees

September 15, 2010

By JB Davis - Benicia.Patch.com

The contest was announced in Benicia High teacher Teresa Finn's Academic Decathalon class and started with a simple quiz.  The questions: What does jpeg stand for?  What are the coordinates of Benicia High School? What binomial nomenclature is included in the botanical name of a tree? 

City of Benicia – Developing and Implementing a Tree Program

November 1, 2010

In 2008, after a multi-year public process, the City of Benicia started its new tree program with the adoption of an updated tree ordinance. The goals of the program include completing an inventory of City trees, increased tree planting, adoption of a modern tree management plan that specifies proper maintenance practices, public education, public/private partnerships, and the development of a tree master plan.

Benicia Tree Report

September 5, 2010

City staff is pleased to present the Tree Report to the City Council for adoption on September 15, 2009. The Tree Report chronicles the history, actions and recommendations of community members, City staff, and arboriculture professionals charged with the task of developing Benicia’s tree program. You can download a copy of the Tree Report here.