2012 Tree Planting Season In Benicia Starts With Two Volunteer Events In January

January 26, 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:

1. Tree Maintenance at Benicia High School: Saturday, January 14, 2012 from 9am to Noon. Benicia High School is located at 1101 Military West, Benicia, CA 94510. The tree planting site is at the base of the athletic fields near the corner of Military West and Denfield Avenue. The activity will mostly focus on maintaining the 80 trees already planted, but will also include one additional tree planting.

2. Tree Planting at Joe Henderson Elementary School: Saturday, January 28, 2012 from 9am to Noon. Joe Henderson Elementary School is located at 650 Hastings Drive. Tree Plantings will occur at the front of the school and at the perimeter of the playgrounds. The activity will focus on preparation for planting 80 trees on the perimeter of the playground, and will also include some tree planting at the front of the school.

On both campuses, the tree plantings establish windbreaks designed to protect sections of the campuses unprotected by trees. The tree plantings are designed to provide maximum educational as well as environmental benefits. The tree plantings will provide opportunities for engaging students in curriculum that involves issues such as global warming and energy consumption, allowing students and teachers to take action through applied scientific learning methods. The BTF Board of Directors, comprised of Benicia residents and volunteers, is hopeful that the positive impacts of the campus tree plantings will be analyzed and replicated throughout the BUSD.

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