Three Chesterfield County towns are among 33 South Carolina municipalities honored this year as a Tree City USA. The award, presented at the annual SC Urban and Community Forestry Conference, recognizes commitment to managing municipal tree resources.
Cheraw, the state's oldest Tree City, was honored for the 24th consecutive year. The town of Chesterfield was recognized for the 11th time, and the town of Patrick received its first Tree City award.
Tree City USA is a program of the National Arbor Day Foundation administered by the S.C. 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 have an Arbor Day observance.
Last year, South Carolina's Tree City USA winners spent more than $4.5 million on municipal tree care, Forestry Commission Urban Forestry Coordinator Liz Gilland said.
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.