December 7, 2013 Dozens of volunteers turned out to help Benicia Tree Foundation and local Boy Scouts in transforming the Benicia Armory grounds on Saturday, December 7th. Working alongside the soldiers of the 749th CSSB, volunteers helped to plant trees and native plants. With nearly 100 people working, the project was completed by mid-afternoon.
The project represented a collaboration between Benicia Tree Foundation, the California Army National Guard and the Boy Scouts of America. Together we planted 34 trees and nearly 100 native plants, giving the Armory grounds a makeover and contributing to the sustainability of Benicia. Coast Redwoods, Coast Live Oak, California Incense Cedar, Chinese Pistache, and Deodar Cedar were planted.
A broad spectrum of volunteers participated - a troop of five-year-old Daisy Girl Scouts, retired seniors, Benicia Fire Department Staff, high school students, Boy Scouts, armory neighbors, teachers, veterans, parents, children, soldiers and a congressional staff member all helped with the project.
Volunteers were treated to a barbecue hosted by the local VFW and American Legion, and a ceremony to honor the projects' leaders was held mid-day. The ceremony included a moment of silence in remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day.
Support for the project was received Benicia's Organic Solutions, who donated all of the mulch for the gardens and trees, and American Canyon's Mid-City Nursery who extended a generous discount for the plant material.