Caltrans Approves Adopt-a-Highway Tree Permit
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Caltrans Approves Adopt-a-Highway Tree Permit

Benicia Tree Foundation is an Adopt-a-Highway Sponsor for I-780.

In July, the Benicia Tree Foundation received approval from Caltrans to maintain trees at the Military West westbound offramp to the I-780 freeway in Benicia.  The Benicia Tree Foundation planted 22 trees inside the loop of this offramp last November as part of a joint project with the In Honor of Mother Earth volunteer group that picked up litter along this freeway for several years.  With this permit, the Benicia Tree Foundation  will now be responsible for watering and pruning these trees for the next five years.

After receiving the Caltrans permit, the Benicia Tree Foundation held a Third Thursday Tree Care Day in July to water the trees, which have been struggling since the rains ended last winter.  In Honor of Mother Earth lost their Caltrans permit in April and the Bencia Tree Foundation applied for our own permit in May.  One tree has died and several others were stressed from lack of water.

The Benicia Tree Foundation is workng on plans for additional tree planting along the freeway through the Adopt-a-Highway program.

At Top: At the Third Thursday Tree Care Day in July, Alison watered and mulched around this Coast live oak planted at the Military West interchange.

In its first year growing at the freeway interchange, this California buckeye (Aesculus californica) set fruit.
In its first year growing at the freeway interchange, this California buckeye (Aesculus californica) set fruit.
This stressed Coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia) had lost its leaves due to lack of water, but is sprouting new growth.
This stressed Coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia) had lost its leaves due to lack of water, but is sprouting new growth.
This Coast live oak provides habitat for a fence lizard.
This Coast live oak provides habitat for a fence lizard.