Trees in the News

Refections on Water - People & Trees

May 1, 2019

Reflections on Water - People and  Trees

Free Trees from PG&E

April 16, 2019

Pacific Gas & Electric has partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation to offer free trees to customers in their service area.  The trees are offered through the program Energy-Saving Trees.  Click here to learn how planting a tree on your property can save on your PG&E bill, and get a tree while the supply lasts.


Tree Staking Myths

February 2, 2019

Professors from the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Program offers the following explanation and advice regarding tree staking - click here.

The Songs of Trees

October 20, 2018

The Solano County Master Gardener's website, Under the Solano Sun, has a review of the book, The Songs of Trees, by David George Haskell.

Understanding And Valuing Benicia’s Urban Forest

May 31, 2012

Before the gold rush in 1850, Benicia’s hills and flats made for a rather barren landscape. In 1855, humorist George H. Derby, an army Lieutenant, is reported to have liked the people of Benicia, but not the place, as it was “not yet paradise” due to the lack of trees. The dearth of trees is also well documented through old photographs and written records. Our landscape has changed dramatically with the planting of many trees over the past 160 years. In 2004, the City began taking a serious look at the care and maintenance of our trees.

Do Urban 'Heat Islands' Hint at Trees of Future?

April 24, 2012

City streets can be mean, but somewhere near Brooklyn, a tree grows far better than its country cousins, due to chronically elevated city heat levels, says a new study. The study, just published in the journal Tree Physiology, shows that common native red oak seedlings grow as much as eight times faster in New York's Central Park than in more rural, cooler settings in the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains.

The High Cost of Losing Urban Trees

April 9, 2012

Every tree in urban Tennessee provides an estimated $2.25 worth of measurable economic benefits every year. Might not seem like a lot, but with 284 million urban trees in the state, the payoff's pretty big.

Through energy savings, air and water filtering and carbon storage, the urban trees of Tennessee account for more than $638 million in benefits, according to a report [PDF] conducted by the Forest Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and released earlier this year.

Why Trees Matter

April 12, 2012

TREES are on the front lines of our changing climate. And when the oldest trees in the world suddenly start dying, it’s time to pay attention.

North America’s ancient alpine bristlecone forests are falling victim to a voracious beetle and an Asian fungus. In Texas, a prolonged drought killed more than five million urban shade trees last year and an additional half-billion trees in parks and forests. In the Amazon, two severe droughts have killed billions more.

The common factor has been hotter, drier weather.

Big backyard crop? Call the Girl Scouts

October 19, 2011

By Donna Beth Weilenman, Staff Reporter

Some Benicia Girl Scouts are hoping residents with overloaded fruit trees will be willing to share their bounty.