BTF News

Tree Care on On East 2nd Street

September 26, 2020

Benicia Tree Foundation organized a Tree Care Day on September 24, helping a group of Valero employees prune Coast live oak trees growing on their property along East 2nd Street.  43 trees of various sizes were pruned so they can continue to grow and contribute to Benicia's tree canopy without conflicting with the shoulder areas of the road.

Volunteers for Tree Care Day on East 2nd St.

Be a Benicia Tree Keeper

September 30, 2020

The Benicia Tree Foundation has helped scores of Benicia residents choose the right tree for the right place on their property through the Benicia Tree Keeper Program, which also includes instruction on planting and maintenance. 

Benicia's Fall Arbor Day on Oct. 24

October 2, 2020

Francesca Terrace Park at 698 Hillcrest Avenue will be the site of Benicia's Fall Arbor Day celebration on October 24, beginning at 9 AM.  Twenty volunteers are needed.  Ten volunteers will be planting 10 trees and ten volunteers will be spreading mulch along the park's border with the Valero pipeline where 10 trees were planted in 2018.  The event will end no later than noon.

Customized Tree Care Days

August 30, 2020

Benicia Tree Foundation has cooperated with various organizations, companies and property owners to customize Tree Care Days that meet their needs.

A Tree Care Day has been scheduled on September 12th to prune trees in the Forrest Deaner Native Plant Botanic Garden at the Benicia State Recreation Area.  To meet COVID-19 regulations, the State Department of Parks and Recreation required a list of pre-approved volunteers.  We have provided the State with a list of volunteers and the tree that will be pruned have been tagged.

Acorn Collection Underway

August 17, 2020

Blue oaks (Quercus douglasii) are producing acorns now, so last week a Benicia Tree Foundation volunteer collected acorns from blue oaks growing on the property of another volunteer who lives in the hills behind Benicia.  The Foundation will use these acorns for planting in the Lake Herman Open Space this fall. 

Tree Pruning at Benicia's Native Plant Botanic Garden

August 7, 2020

Benicia Tree Foundation's Second Saturday Tree Care Day in August was held at the Forrest Deaner Native Plant Botanic Garden which is in the Benicia State Recreation Area.  The purpose was to help the Benicia State Parks Association with some needed tree pruning of oaks that were planted from acorns in 1998, when the idea of a botanic garden at this State park was in its infancy.

Progress Report on the Lake Herman Open Space Project

July 11, 2020

Benicia Tree Foundation's experiment to plant trees in open space is entering its fifth dry season.  The idea was to find a way to plant trees that was easier and cheaper than our prior projects where we would plant standard nursery-grown trees in yards, parks or school campuses.  The Lake Herman project involved planting 100 native tree saplings on 8 acres of city-owned open space east of the lake.  

City Council Supports Tree Planting on Freeways

June 3, 2020

Caltrans asked to replace the trees being removed from our freeways

At its June 2nd meeting, the Benicia City Council unanimously approved a resolution requesting that Caltrans plant replacement trees along the freeways and work with the City and local organizations on other tree planting and maintenance projects.

PG&E's Tree Trimming in Benicia

May 31, 2020

PG&E'S Tree Trimming in Benicia

Tree Care Days During COVID-19

July 10, 2020

The Board of Directors of the Benicia Tree Foundation has reviewed the guidance provided by the Solano County Public Health Department to determine how it can safely re-initiate Tree Care Days as the Shelter-at-Home order is relaxed for the COVID-19 public health emergency.  This guidance has been updated as of July 10, 2020 and it will be followed as we recruit volunteers for our Tree Care Days. These Tree Care Days will be held outdoors at one of our project sites and will be conducted according to the following practices: