Beaufort News

Beaufort earns ‘Tree City USA’ designation

The city of Beaufort has again received ‘Tree City USA’ designation from the Arbor Day Foundation for 2015, a city news release said.

Beaufort met the Tree City USA program’s four requirements: A tree board or department; a tree-care ordinance; an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita; and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Some of the city’s recent work with trees includes fertilizing trees in Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, planting a tree farm in Southside Park and relocating trees saved from Boundary Street construction to the Southside Park dog park.

The city aims to start planting 25 trees each year, the release said. A tree study in 2004 showed a high percentage of laurel oaks, and the city is trying to plant other species when laurel oaks come down.

Started in 1976, the Tree City USA program is celebrating its 40th anniversary. The program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

Beaufort has been a Tree City for 25 years according to Trees SC, formerly the South Carolina Forestry Commission.

Stephen Fastenau: 843-706-8182, @IPBG_Stephen