Tree Planting at Benicia High Brings Healing to a Community

April 24, 2011

By Jeanne Steinman, Benicia Magazine.

On April 21, in celebration of Earth Day, theBenicia Tree Foundation held an event where Benicia’s young and young at heart came together to plant trees at Benicia High School. Wolfram Alderson, the foundation’s president, reports that the event was a huge success. I was sorry to have missed the event due to a prior commitment, but the planting of these trees was very important for our town. “We planted eighty trees with the support of over 50 volunteers that included the Mayor, Benicia Girl Scouts, theCalifornia Native Plant Society, the BHS Eco Club, Benicia Community Gardens, and others,” said Alderson.

In 2007, all of the trees that lined the school’s property along one section of Military West, and many on the hillside beneath the adjacent stadium were, overnight, cut down without notice to the community, the City, or the school board, of which I was a member. They were there one day and gone the next, and those of us who live nearby were stunned. The trees provided sound control for the many homes around the school, erosion control for the hillsides from which they were cut and shade for the heavily used sidewalk between BHS and Mary Farmar elementary.

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