Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Eighty new trees to sprout again in Benicia - Benicia, CA

Eighty new trees to sprout again in Benicia - Vallejo 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.

The mix of cedars, redwoods and live oaks will be added near the base of the athletic fields. The trees are being funded by an urban forestry grant awarded to the district in partnership with the nonprofit Benicia Tree Foundation.

Volunteers are being sought to help with the planting, beginning with site preparation from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

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