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Seeds for the Future: Richland County Celebrates Arbor Day



(Richland PIO) – Richland County conservation officials hope much more than a single tree grows from Friday’s Arbor Day celebration at L.W. Conder Arts Integrated Magnet School.

The Richland Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual Arbor Day event began with the planting of a tree on the school’s front lawn, with the goal of also growing students’ awareness and passion for conservation. 
“We hope students will leave school on Arbor Day with a greater understanding of why trees are such important parts of our communities and ecosystems,” said Chanda Cooper, education analyst for Richland County Conservation. “Perhaps this will lead them to plant and care for trees in the spaces where they live, play and – one day – work.”

Students and staff then gathered for a special assembly, which featured an Arbor Day proclamation by Richland County Councilman Jim Manning encouraging tree planting.

“We urge citizens throughout today and this whole weekend to plant trees to gladden the heart and promote the well-being of this generation and future generations,” Manning said.

The proclamation was followed by a dynamic stage show from educational entertainer Tim Womick, who explored the importance of trees and forests with students. Womick got students involved in the program with music, chants and the chance to answer tree-related questions on stage.

“People will remember seeing Tim’s program for the rest of their life,” said Charlie Fisher, Conservation Division administrative assistant. “It leaves you with a soft place in your heart for Arbor Day and trees.”

Founded in 1872, Arbor Day encourages individuals and groups to plant trees. While it is celebrated nationally in April, South Carolina observes the holiday in December, as it is a better time for planting trees in the state’s climate.

Richland County partnered with the conservation district, the S.C. Forestry Commission and the U.S. Forest Service for this year’s South Carolina Arbor Day celebration.