Youth Program in Benicia may include urban forestry.
Benicia Tree Foundation and Sustainable Solano see the potential for including an urban forestry project in the Youth Environmental Leadership Program that Sustainable Solano will be launching in January. The Program seeks high school students passionate about the environment and the community to enroll in a 10-week program to develop the skills to implement environmental mitigation projects where they live.
For many years, Benicia Tree Foundation has been working with Benicia Unified School District on planting trees on school campuses while educating students on the value of trees to the community, how to choose and plant a tree, and how to maintain them. We have tree planting projects on several school campuses that will occur this winter that provide an opportunity to address environmental issues such as the urban heat island effect, carbon sequestration, toxic air contaminants, and plant and wildlife biodiversity. These projects could potentially be incorporated into the Youth Environmental Leadership Program as a hand-on environmental mitigation project.
We will report on our progress with this partnership in the next month. In the meantime, high school students can find out more about the Youth Environmental Leadership Program by registering for an information session. Click here to register. Information sessions over Zoom are scheduled on November 11 at 5:30 pm and on December 4 at 11:00 am.
Above: Trees planted in 2011 at Benicia High by Benicia Tree Foundation