Trees in the News

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. 

For Arbor Week, Plantings Aplenty

March 6, 2011

By Donna Beth Weilenman Staff Reporter for the Benicia Herald

The International Society of Arborculture is hoping many Californians will plant a tree between Monday and March 14.

City Trees Worth Nearly 13 Million

December 20, 2010

By Ed Brennan, Benicia Patch.   

Benicia oversees the well-being of 4,320 trees, 43 of which should get the ax because of structural defects or poor health, according to a new inventory of the city's trees. The report presented Thursday valued the city's trees at nearly $13 million and named the Bradford pear as the city's dominant species. It makes up 9.8 percent of the local population.

Read the entire article in the Benicia Patch by clicking here.

Eighty New Trees to Sprout Again in Benicia

February 22, 2011

By Tony Burchyns, Times Herald

BENICIA -- Five summers ago the removal of trees from Benicia High School caused a local controversy.

Now the school is welcoming the arrival of 80 new trees -- nearly three times the number chopped down around the ball fields in 2006 due to disease or roots deemed too near the junior varsity baseball diamond.

"Certainly, anyone who was around back then and felt bad about the trees being cut down should embrace this," Benicia Unified School District board member Rosie Switzer said.

High School is Site of New Urban Forest

February 21, 2011

By JB Davis, The Benicia Patch      

Spring to be green at Benicia High School - Groups to plant 80 trees on campus

February 24, 2011

By Donna Beth Weilenman, Staff Reporter, The Benicia Herald             

Oak may become Benicia’s first ‘Heritage Tree’

February 11, 2011

By Donna Beth Weilenman
Staff Reporter

- The Benicia Herald

A decades-old coastal oak in City Park may become Benicia’s first “Heritage Tree,” Parks, Recreation and Cemetery Commission Chairman Nancy Cockerham said Thursday.

The Tree Committee, a commission subcommittee, will hear a report on the tree’s nomination Monday.

Parks and Rec Commission Will Consider Heritage Tree

February 9, 2011

By JB Davis -     

The city's Parks, Recreation and Cemetery Commission is poised to recommend granting Heritage Tree status to a coastal live oak in the southwest quadrant of City Park.

Committee takes conservative route with city tree fund

February 16, 2011

By Donna Beth Weilenman
Staff Reporter

- The Benicia Herald

Benicia Tree Committee agreed Monday night with its staff adviser that the city’s tree fund should be spent cautiously.

“We’re in a budget crisis,” Mario Giuliani of the office of the director of Parks and Community Services told the panel.