Benicia Library, After the Storm

February 13, 2021

Saturday morning was more windy than wet.

Our Second Saturday Tree Care Day on February 13 also concluded a politically stormy Benicia Library project where citizens filed an appeal in August to the City's permit to remove eight trees at the Library.  The City committed to replace these trees and the Benicia Tree Foundation offered to organize volunteers to plant the trees during the winter tree planting season.  Fifteen volunteers from the community, including members from Benicia Scout BSA Troop 7, Troop 9, and the Benicia High Key Club showed up on February 13 to plant eight 15-gallon trees.

Most everyone arrived at 9 so we got started right away with a tree planting demonstration provided by Marcos Jaimie, an arborist with the City Parks and Community Services Department.  Marcos explained why the City removed the trees and why the replacement trees were the right trees for the right place.  Three Chinese Pistache (Pistacia chinensis) were selected as the replacement trees for the Library parking lot, and five Water Gums (Tristania laurina) were selected as the replacement trees for the fountain courtyard between the Library and the Senior Center.  Marcos then showed the volunteers how to plant a tree and stake it.

Everyone was planting by 9:30, following Marcos' technique.  After the trees were planted, the volunteers spread three yards of mulch around the new trees, the Library entry and the fountain courtyard.  By 11:30, the volunteers went on to enjoy the rest of the weekend and the tools were packed away.

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This is the tree planting plan prepared by the City marking the locations for the new trees for the Benicia Library tree planting project.

 

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Marcos Jaime (center, face shown), an arborist with the City Parks and Community Services Department, explains to the volunteers why eight trees were recently removed from the grounds of the Benicia Library.

 

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Marcos demonstrates proper tree planting technique to the volunteers.


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May holds the Water Gum tree while Malik shovels dirt.


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Malik ties the Water Gum tree to the tree stake, following Marcos' technique.

 

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Veronica spreads mulch around the just-planted Water Gum tree.


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Veronica and Allison stand by their just-planted tree.


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Three yards of mulch were waiting for the volunteers on Saturday morning.


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Members of Scout Troops 7 and 9 worked on the mulch pile.

 


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The mulch pile was gone before 11:30.

 

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Fountain courtyard before the event.


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Fountain courtyard after the event.


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Benicia Tree Foundation volunteers celebrate another successful Second Saturday Tree Care Day.