South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 29, 2003

SANFORD DECLARES ARBOR WEEK

(COLUMBIA, SC) - South Carolina’s 2003 Arbor Week begins tomorrow. In his official Arbor Week proclamation, Governor Mark Sanford called upon all South Carolinians to celebrate by planting a tree.

Sanford’s proclamation noted that trees are a "vital and renewable resource," valuable to the state’s economy and its environment.

Arbor Week is an extension of South Carolina’s Arbor Day, established by law as the first Friday in December. This year’s Arbor Week runs from November 30 through December 6.

Arbor Week is also considered the official beginning of 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.

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

Legal Reference to Arbor Day: SC Code 53-3-10


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