By Martine Miller, Mount Pleasant Communications Manager
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (Dec. 18, 2020) – The Town of Mount Pleasant proclaimed Arbor Day with the planting of a magnolia tree at Mount Pleasant Town Hall and invited residents to assume responsible roles for preserving, protecting and planting trees.
Arbor Day is celebrated in South Carolina the first Friday in December and is one of the initiatives the Town must observe to be designated a Tree City USA. Mount Pleasant has been awarded the Tree City USA designation for the past 31 years, confirmed Eddie Bernard, Mount Pleasant Senior Planner, ISA Certified Arborist Municipal Specialist.
Since earning its first Tree City USA award, the Town of Mount Pleasant has planted nearly 9,000 trees, mostly live oaks, within its town limits. This year, Turf Specialist Johnathan Turner and Grounds and Events Specialist Philip Henry, both from the Public Services Department, planted the tree at the site.
About Arbor Day
The first Arbor Day was celebrated in the State of Nebraska in 1872 in response to a state proclamation urging settlers and homesteaders in that prairie state to plant trees that would provide shade, shelter, fruit, fuel, and beauty for residents of the treeless plains.