A patriotic tree planting was held Monday afternoon at Ft. Jackson to mark this year’s Arbor Week. The Midlands Arbor Day Committee, Ft. Jackson’s Commanding General, Brigadier General Bradley W. May, and other dignitaries were on hand to plant two live oaks honoring those soldiers who have sacrificed their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Liz Gilland, Program Coordinator for the Community Forestry Program with the SC Forestry Commission says, “What better way to honor them and their service and support to our country than by planting a tree. A tree provides so many benefits -not only aesthetically, but gives us shade, helps with storm water run-off, and air quality and these two trees will stand at this particular traffic circle as a reminder to all the folks who serve for us.”
South Carolina’s Arbor Day is traditionally the first Friday in December. Governor Mark Sanford issued a proclamation declaring the whole week of November 30th as a period to celebrate the beauty and gifts of the forest resource in the state.
Gilland said that many folks celebrate Arbor Day and tree-planting activities, around the state. “It really is a coalition of all types of jurisdictional folks that have interests in trees and the environment. We’re pooling our collective resources and have been working together to make a bigger impact here in the midlands.”
Gilland noted that this event serves to mark the beginning of Arbor Week in South Carolina adding that “tree planting is one of the easiest thing, one of the best things to do, for our environment. Whether it’s in our back yard or our parks, or along our city streets. Anybody can do it. And with everyone going green, it’s a very easy, simple thing to do, and a great investment for our future.”