Tree Planting at High School

April 21, 2011

By David Ryan Palmer, Assistant Editor

Tree lovers, a heads-up: Saturday is your chance to help plant 80 trees on the Benicia High School campus, and help out the environment a whole bunch by doing so.

The Benicia Tree Foundation, headed by Wolfram Alderson, will plant California live oak, incense cedar and Theodore cedar at the corner of Military West and Denfield Avenue, near the base of the Benicia High athletic fields and the entrance to Mary Farmar Elementary School.

“We were fortunate to have local tree expert Ed Brennan to advise us on the kinds of trees that would do well in our climate,” Alderson said.

The three species were specifically chosen for their hardiness to arid climates, Alderson said. “These trees will not require irrigation after the third year. For the first three (years), we’re installing a drip irrigation system, but after that they won’t need it,” he said.

All together, the trees have a retail value of $3,600, though once they reach full size that value will be much greater, Alderson said.

This is the latest in a series of events that the foundation has hosted in an effort to promote environmental awareness and sustainability in Benicia, he said. “Benicia is very much on the cutting edge because of the Sustainability Commission and the Climate Action Plan,” he said.

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