At the Statehouse on Friday, Arbor Day, state forestry officials planted what they say is South Carolina’s five billionth tree. They placed the seedling to recognize how forest-related businesses impact the state’s economy by $17 billion dollars every year, according to the latest available data.
The seedling is in a specially-designated spot off the SW corner of the Statehouse. State Forester Gene Kodama, Bob Scott with the SC Forestry Association, Secretary of Commerce Joe Taylor, and Dr. Steve McKeand, a leading forest geneticist led the event.
The loblolly seedling will be the only Southern pine on Statehouse grounds.