BTF News

Benicia High Project Gets Some T.L.C.

September 9, 2017

Our Second Saturday Tree Maintenance Day on the morning of September 9th at Benicia High was well attended.  More than twenty Benicia High students volunteered for a few hours to water, weed and mulch around the trees that were planted by the upper parking lot in 2015.  There was an assist from a herd of goats that the school maintenance staff let graze the hillside above the parking lot the week before.

Tree Predators at Lake Herman Open Space

October 17, 2017

At our Third Thursday Tree Maintenance Day in August, we were at the Lake Herman Open Space project site and noticed many of the trees were damaged.  Trees were missing all their leaves or were gnawed off at the base of their small trunks.  The predator was small enough to get through the chicken wire cages we used to protect the saplings from gophers and grazers when they were planted in 2015.

Pruning Underway for Oak Trees at Benicia High

August 2, 2017

Benicia Tree Foundation's first project involved planting 80 trees at Benicia High along Military West and Denfield Avenue.  This included 30 five-gallon size coast live oaks (Quercus agrifolia).  The supplemental water applied during the dry season ended in 2013.  After two years of average to above average rainfall, many of those trees are 15 to 20 feet tall and need some structural pruning (i.e.

Second Saturday Tree Maintenance Day at Mathew Turner Project Site

February 12, 2017

Twenty Volunteers at Mathew Turner Project Site

The sun shined brightly on February 11, which brought out 20 volunteers for our Second Saturday Tree Maintenance Day at Mathew Turner Elementary School.  The 50 trees planted in 2014 got some much-needed TLC. Tree wells were weeded and rebuilt to help capture more rainfall.  Mulch was applied around the trees to help supress weed growth and retain soil moisture during the dry season.  All trees were tended-to and we finished early.  Many thanks to our great volunteers.

Students Volunteer at First Tree Maintenance Day for 2017

January 10, 2017

he Benicia Tree Foundation has scheduled Volunteer Tree Care Days for the Second Saturday and Third Thursday of each month, from 9 am to Noon, for 2017.  The first Second Saturday event was on January 14 at Joe Henderson Elementary.  Over 80 trees were planted on this campus in 2013.  Each year we rebuild the tree wells to help increase the amount of rainfall each tree captures, and apply mulch to help retain soil moisture during the dry season.  A group of Benicia High students volunteered to help with these tasks last Saturday.

Volunteer Tree Care Days Set for 2017

January 6, 2017

The Benicia Tree Foundation has scheduled Volunteer Tree Care Days for the Second Saturday and Third Thursday of each month for the first half of 2017.  BTF volunteers will perform light maintenance tasks such as applying mulch and water, and weeding around trees from 9:00 am to Noon.  Volunteer Tree Care Days will rotate among our project sites.  No experience necessary.  Bring gloves if you have them and wear sturdy shoes.

Valero Employees Join a Third Thurday Volunteer Day

May 19, 2016

Our Third Thursday Volunteer Day in May at the Lake Herman Open Space project site was well attended by Valero employees.  They weeded and watered around the nearly 100 native tree saplings that were planted last November.  

Volunteer Tree Care Days Set for 2016

March 2, 2016

The Benicia Tree Foundation has scheduled Volunteer Tree Care Days for the Second Saturday and Third Thursday of each month for 2016.  BTF volunteers will perform light maintenance tasks such as applying mulch and water, and weeding around trees from 9:00 am to Noon.  Volunteer Tree Care Days will rotate among our project sites.  Check the BTF Calendar for available volunteer opportunities and RSVP by clicking here

More Trees Planted at Benicia High School

November 14, 2015

Benicia High School students worked with Benicia Unified School District staff to plant 20 coast live oak seedlings to help buffer the campus from the freeway traffic on I-780.  These trees are in addition to 21 trees planted earlier this year in the same area of the campus.