BTF News

Rose Foundation supports the Benicia Tree Foundation

January 19, 2018

Last month the Benicia Tree Foundation received a grant from the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment.  The grant was from their Environmental Grassroots Fund and will support BTF operations.  "This grant provides a huge boost to our efforts for 2018," said BTF President Alison Fleck.  "We are also grateful to the letters of support provided by Mayor Elizabeth Patterson, the Benicia Unified School District, and the Benicia Housing Authority."

See Schedule for the 2018 Tree Care Days

January 7, 2018

The Second Saturday and Third Thursday Tree Care Days for the first six months of 2018 have been posted on our website calendar.  Each Tree Care Day begins at 9 AM and ends no later than Noon.  Pick a date and register on our website or call us at 745-4546 and leave your name and phone number.  That way we can be prepared with enough tools and snacks.

Preparing for the New Year

December 25, 2017

Preparing the Tree Care Days schedule for 2018 required site visits to assess conditions at the various project sites maintained by the Benicia Tree Foundation.  The site visits occurred on December 23rd.  Here is a quick rundown on what was found.

Watch for 2018 Tree Care Day Schedule

December 22, 2017

We are visiting our project sites over the next week to assess their maintenance needs for the upcoming year.  Our Second Saturday and Third Thursday Tree Care Days for 2018 will be posted before the end of 2017.

December Tree Care Day at Benicia State Park

December 9, 2017

Our Second Saturday Tree Care Day on December 9th was at Benicia State Recreation Area.  This event was originally scheduled in October, but was cancelled due to the smoke created by the wildfires to the north.  Eight of the 22 tree saplings at this site have been lost since they were planted in 2014.  Volunteers replanted these locations using acorns collected last September from the hills between Benicia and Cordelia.  The remaining tree saplings were prepped to capture as much moisture as possible in anticipation of our rainy season.  Let's hope for rain soon!&n

November Tree Care Day at Benicia Middle School

November 11, 2017

Our Second Saturday Tree Care Day on November 11 was at Benicia Middle School.  Volunteers cleared weeds around the trees, cleaned out the tree wells and mulched.  The trees are now ready for the rainy season.  Some of the trees had grown enough to be pruned, so training was provided on proper tree pruning techniques.  Yesenia Rodriguez stands by a pile of tree branches. 

BMS Nov 11 2017

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.