South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release

November 22, 2004


(Columbia, SC) - In his official Arbor Week proclamation, Governor Mark Sanford called upon all South Carolinians to plant a tree. The weeklong celebration of trees begins November 28.

Sanford’s proclamation touts trees for their aesthetic, economic, and environmental value. In addition to supplying raw material for the state’s third largest manufacturing industry, Sanford noted that trees produce clean air and water, enhance scenic values, and provide wildlife habitat.

South Carolina law establishes Arbor Day as the first Friday in December. Sanford’s proclamation extends the single day observance into a full week of tree-related activities. This year’s celebration will run from November 28 through December 4.

Arbor Week is considered the kick-off to South Carolina’s forestry tree planting season. Forest landowners annually plant 80-100 million tree seedlings statewide.

South Carolina’s first Arbor Day was declared by Governor Burnet Maybank in 1939. The Arbor Day concept was first introduced in Nebraska in 1872.


For more information, contact: Ken Cabe, 803-896-8820.

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