South Carolina Forestry Commission |
(COLUMBIA, SC) - Thirty-three South Carolina municipalities have been awarded Tree City USA status for their tree care activities last year. The awards, presented at the annual SC Urban and Community Forestry Conference, recognize a town’s commitment to managing its municipal tree resources.
Tree City USA is a program of the National Arbor Day Foundation administered by the SC Forestry Commission. To qualify, a city must establish a municipal Tree Board or department, enact a tree care ordinance, commit at least $2 per capita to tree management, and hold an Arbor Day observance.
Last year alone, South Carolina’s Tree City USA winners spent more than $4.5 million on municipal tree care, said Forestry Commission Urban Forestry Coordinator Liz Gilland.
South Carolina Tree City USA honorees include: Aiken, Beaufort, Camden, Charleston, Charleston Naval Weapons Station, Charleston Air Force Base, Cheraw, Chesterfield, Columbia, Conway, Darlington, Florence, Georgetown, Greenville, Hartsville, Hilton Head Island, Iva, Lancaster, Lexington, Manning, Marion, McClellanville, Mt. Pleasant, Myrtle Beach, Mullins, Rock Hill, Patrick, Shaw Air Force Base, Spartanburg, Summerville, Sumter, Tega Cay, and Winnsboro.