Trees in the News

Troop 20639 helps replace destroyed tulip trees in Southampton Park

April 27, 2011

By Donna Beth Weilenman, Staff Reporter, Benicia Herald

Last month, vandals chopped through most of the 20 young tulip trees that had been planted at Southampton Park with the help of Interact Club members of Benicia High School last October.

Tuesday afternoon, members of Girl Scout Troop 20639 helped plant the first of a batch of new trees that will replace the ones that were killed.

“I’m already inspired by them,” said Wolfram Alderson, executive director of the Benicia Tree Foundation, which helped organize the event.

Benicia Named Tree City Again

April 20, 2011

By Donna Beth Weilenman, Staff Reporter for the Benicia Herald

Benicia has been recognized as a Tree City USA for the third time and has been given a Growth Award for its second consecutive year, Mario Giuliani of the Office of the Director, Parks and Community Services Department, said this week.

City Ups Reward in Trees' Killing

April 12, 2011

By Donna Beth Weilenman, Staff Reporter

The reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of the person who killed 18 city-owned tulip trees has been increased, a city official said Monday.

Thankful for Benicia’s ‘so-what’ citizens

March 29, 2011

By Judith Donaldson

EVEN THE RAIN DOESN’T DEPRESS ME me here in Benicia. I lived most of my life in the Northeast, where shoveling snow, scraping ice and yanking galoshes (remember those?) on and off formed the inevitable basics of my winter way of life.


March 16, 2011

In an effort to apprehend those responsible for the egregious and willful destruction of 18 tulip trees at Southampton Park, a $500 reward is being offered. This reward is for information leading to the determination of the identity of, and the apprehension of, any person who was responsible for the willful destruction of the trees at Southampton Park.

Council OKs ‘Heritage Tree’ designation

March 18, 2011

By Donna Beth Weilenman, Benicia Herald Staff Reporter

A day after 18 of 20 newly planted tulip trees were discovered destroyed in Southampton Park, Benicia City Council unanimously designated a veteran oak in City Park as its first Heritage Tree.

Benicia offers $500 reward on tulip trees

March 17, 2011

By Donna Beth Weilenman, Staff Reporter

Benicia is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the vandal who cut through 18 young tulip trees in a city park over the weekend.

Tree Violence in Tree City

March 15, 2011

EIGHTEEN CITY-OWNED tulip trees along Chelsea Hills and Panorama drives were destroyed over the weekend. “It wasn’t some random act,” Mario Giuliani said.

Estimated $3,700 in damage after weekend vandalism

By Donna Beth Weilenman Staff Reporter

Eighteen tulip trees planted last fall with the help of students were killed and two ballfields were damaged by a motorist in a pair of separate weekend attacks on Benicia city parks.

First 'heritage tree' to stand tall in Benicia

March 13, 2011

By Tony Burchyns/Times-Herald

BENICIA -- Elected officials are set to name the city's first "heritage tree" -- a venerable coastal live oak with a leafy canopy stretching about 100 feet from end to end.

If approved, the tree would get a plaque and it would be protected from being chopped down without going through a public process.

October to be a Full, Exciting Month for Ecologically Minded Benicians

October 1, 2010

October offers Benicians a chance to participate in two spirited events with important ecological overtones. The first, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Benicia Community Garden’s downtown location, coincides with Global Climate Action Day (1o.1o.1o). The second, a high-stakes tree-identifying contest for Benicia Youth, is one of many activities gelling around Benicia’s Arbor Day.