Trees in the News

Thankful for Benicia’s ‘so-what’ citizens

March 29, 2011

By Judith Donaldson

EVEN THE RAIN DOESN’T DEPRESS ME me here in Benicia. I lived most of my life in the Northeast, where shoveling snow, scraping ice and yanking galoshes (remember those?) on and off formed the inevitable basics of my winter way of life.


March 16, 2011

In an effort to apprehend those responsible for the egregious and willful destruction of 18 tulip trees at Southampton Park, a $500 reward is being offered. This reward is for information leading to the determination of the identity of, and the apprehension of, any person who was responsible for the willful destruction of the trees at Southampton Park.

Council OKs ‘Heritage Tree’ designation

March 18, 2011

By Donna Beth Weilenman, Benicia Herald Staff Reporter

A day after 18 of 20 newly planted tulip trees were discovered destroyed in Southampton Park, Benicia City Council unanimously designated a veteran oak in City Park as its first Heritage Tree.

Benicia offers $500 reward on tulip trees

March 17, 2011

By Donna Beth Weilenman, Staff Reporter

Benicia is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the vandal who cut through 18 young tulip trees in a city park over the weekend.

Tree Violence in Tree City

March 15, 2011

EIGHTEEN CITY-OWNED tulip trees along Chelsea Hills and Panorama drives were destroyed over the weekend. “It wasn’t some random act,” Mario Giuliani said.

Estimated $3,700 in damage after weekend vandalism

By Donna Beth Weilenman Staff Reporter

Eighteen tulip trees planted last fall with the help of students were killed and two ballfields were damaged by a motorist in a pair of separate weekend attacks on Benicia city parks.

First 'heritage tree' to stand tall in Benicia

March 13, 2011

By Tony Burchyns/Times-Herald

BENICIA -- Elected officials are set to name the city's first "heritage tree" -- a venerable coastal live oak with a leafy canopy stretching about 100 feet from end to end.

If approved, the tree would get a plaque and it would be protected from being chopped down without going through a public process.

October to be a Full, Exciting Month for Ecologically Minded Benicians

October 1, 2010

October offers Benicians a chance to participate in two spirited events with important ecological overtones. The first, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Benicia Community Garden’s downtown location, coincides with Global Climate Action Day (1o.1o.1o). The second, a high-stakes tree-identifying contest for Benicia Youth, is one of many activities gelling around Benicia’s Arbor Day. 

For Arbor Week, Plantings Aplenty

March 6, 2011

By Donna Beth Weilenman Staff Reporter for the Benicia Herald

The International Society of Arborculture is hoping many Californians will plant a tree between Monday and March 14.

City Trees Worth Nearly 13 Million

December 20, 2010

By Ed Brennan, Benicia Patch.   

Benicia oversees the well-being of 4,320 trees, 43 of which should get the ax because of structural defects or poor health, according to a new inventory of the city's trees. The report presented Thursday valued the city's trees at nearly $13 million and named the Bradford pear as the city's dominant species. It makes up 9.8 percent of the local population.

Read the entire article in the Benicia Patch by clicking here.

Eighty New Trees to Sprout Again in Benicia

February 22, 2011

By Tony Burchyns, Times Herald

BENICIA -- Five summers ago the removal of trees from Benicia High School caused a local controversy.

Now the school is welcoming the arrival of 80 new trees -- nearly three times the number chopped down around the ball fields in 2006 due to disease or roots deemed too near the junior varsity baseball diamond.

"Certainly, anyone who was around back then and felt bad about the trees being cut down should embrace this," Benicia Unified School District board member Rosie Switzer said.