Trees in the News

Knock on Wood

November 28, 2020

What does this expression mean and where did it originate?

David Bellamy, Solano County Master Gardener, researched this question and published his story in Under the Solano Sun, the weekly blog of seasonal observations by our local Master Gardeners.  Click here to read the story.

Google Launches New Tool to Keep Cities Cool

November 18, 2020

Google's Tree Canopy Lab identifies the location of every tree in a city and maps out where trees are needed most.

U.S. Joins Trillion Trees Initiative

October 14, 2020

President forms Unitied States One Trillion Trees Interagency Council.

Restoring California's Trees in the Age of Fire

October 15, 2020

How scientists are making sure increasingly powerful fires do not wipe out forests forever.

The Magic of Urban Trees

August 16, 2020

Cities that Encourage Tree Planting Accrue a Many Benefits for their Residents.

Click here to read a article by Doug Kelbaugh, Dean Emeritus of Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan.  He writes about the many ways cities can improve the quality of life for their residents by planting more trees.  This article appeared in the journal Public Square, published by the Congress of New Urbanism 

Restore Native Forests to Help Fight Climate Change

August 17, 2020

Conserving and restoring native forests is more effective in absorbing CO2 than planting tree plantations.

Click here to read a recent article posted by the Native Plant Conservation Campaign that  compares tree planting efforts to absorb carbon and combat climate change with efforts to conserve existing forests.

Tree Plantation

Trees in Art

August 6, 2020

Spend a Few Moments with these Hypnotic Trees to Lower Your Blood Pressure.

Click here to read a recent post to National Public Radio by Susan Stamberg, which features trees in art, including digital animations of trees by Jennifer Steinkamp that are part of an exhibition at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska.

Bill Introduced in Congress to Support Residential Tree Planting

April 15, 2020

The Residential Energy and Economic Savings (TREES) Act will help homeowners plant more trees and save energy.

Click here to read a press release from Representative Doris Matsui, author of the TREES Act.

Witness Trees Tell A Story

March 25, 2020

Witness Trees tell how ecosystems in Silicon Valley have changed.

As the land was divvied up, surveyors documented the trees that rested at the imaginary corners and angles of the parcels to mark their boundaries. They were called “witness trees” – an expression also used today for trees that were present at key events in American history like Civil War battles.

Benicia Recognized as a Tree City USA for the 11th Year

February 19, 2020

from the Benicia Herald, February 20, 2020 edition.