Troop 20639 helps replace destroyed tulip trees in Southampton Park

April 27, 2011

By Donna Beth Weilenman, Staff Reporter, Benicia Herald

Last month, vandals chopped through most of the 20 young tulip trees that had been planted at Southampton Park with the help of Interact Club members of Benicia High School last October.

Tuesday afternoon, members of Girl Scout Troop 20639 helped plant the first of a batch of new trees that will replace the ones that were killed.

“I’m already inspired by them,” said Wolfram Alderson, executive director of the Benicia Tree Foundation, which helped organize the event.

Call them amateur arborists: Just a few days earlier, the same troop helped plant 80 trees at Benicia High School in a project inspired by an earlier Boy Scout endeavor.

As Girl Scouts of America approaches its centennial, it has adopted the theme “Forever Green,” and many troops and Scouts across the country are undertaking environmental projects.

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