Trees in the News

Shade: A weapon against skin cancer, childhood obesity

August 9, 2011

Shade does more than protect children's skin. A growing number of advocates say it also may help kids stay more active.

Trees Eat Pollution Better Than Expected

October 21, 2010

Some common and dangerous air pollutants found in cities can be absorbed by plants at far greater rates than ever suspected.

The discovery has big implications for modeling how vegetation affects pollutants, as well as how particles in the atmosphere affect human health and global warming.

More Trees = Less Crime

May 29, 2011

Chicago's Robert Taylor Homes is the largest public housing development in the world. The Robert Taylor Homes consist of 28 sixteen-story apartment buildings. Most of the complex is an urban desert- concrete and asphalt cover the spaces between the buildings- but there are pockets of trees here and there. In 2001, Frances Kuo and Bill Sullivan of the University of Illinois Human-Environment Research Laboratory studied how well the residents of Robert Taylor were doing in their daily lives based on the amount of contact they had with these trees.

Some City Trees May Discourage 'Shady' Behavior

November 1, 2010

PORTLAND, Ore. November 1, 2010. Along with energy conservation and storm-water reduction, scientists may soon be adding crime-fighting to the list of benefits that urban trees provide. Researchers with the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest (PNW) and Southern Research Stations have published a new study that suggests that certain types of city trees may help lower property and violent crime rates.

An Unusual Look at Trees and Crime

May 29, 2011

"People have an intuitive sense that trees are good things," Geoffrey Donovan said. "Being a soulless economist, I like to quantify things. 'Trees are nice' isn't a very useful statement. You need to know how nice and in what sorts of circumstances."

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.