BTF News

Woodlands Expand at Lake Herman Open Space

December 14, 2020

On December 12th, 19 sites were planted on a south facing hillside north of the reservoir’s spillway.

Benicia's Urban Forest Grows on Rose Drive

November 16, 2020

15 trees planted between Jack London Park and Turner Elementary

Benicia’s urban forest grew by 15 trees planted along Rose Drive on November 14th by volunteers from Benicia High School Key Club and Travis Air Force Base 60th Communications Squadron.

The volunteers gathered at Jack London Park where they received a safety briefing by Steven Goetz, member of the Benicia Tree Foundation Board of Directors which sponsored the event.  They were then greeted by Mayor-Elect Steve Young, who thanked the volunteers for their service to the community.

Trees Return to the Freeway

November 8, 2020

Trees Return to the Freeway

After years of tree removals from I-780 by Caltrans, a group of 17 volunteers planted 22 trees at the interior loop of the Military West westbound off-ramp on November 7th.  Volunteers included Benicia youth, such as members of the Benicia High School Key Club and Boy Scout Troop 007, working and retired Benicians, and a resident of American Canyon.

Tree Planting at Military West Interchange on Nov. 7

October 30, 2020

The westbound freeway offamp to Military West is the site for a tree planting project on November 7, beginning at 9 AM.  Volunteers are needed to plant 22 trees.  The event will end no later than noon.

We have a limit on the volunteers for this event to allow for social distancing. To help us track attendance, we ask volunteers to register at www.beniciatrees.org/volunteer/opportunities, or leave their contact information at info@beniciatrees.org or 707-745-4546.  

Additional saftey measure for this event include:

Benicia's Arbor Day 2020 a Success

October 25, 2020

Volunteers Transform Francesca Terrace Park

Twenty volunteers arrived on a cool morning yesterday at Benicia's Francesca Terrace Park to help the City celebrate Arbor Day.  The event was originally planned for last April, but was rescheduled by the event sponsors, City of Benicia and the Benicia Tree Foundation, due to the outbreak of COVID-19. 

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.