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Environment: Tree give-away spreads its branches

A road in Litchfield and a school in Pawleys Island will be among the areas that benefit from Trees for Tomorrow, a citizens group founded to promote tree planting and preservation.

The group is giving away 400 saplings and 2,000 seedlings of native tree species for planting this fall. The Willbrook Road Maintenance District is among the groups that have asked for saplings. Those are available through a grant from Palmetto Pride, the statewide beautification program. They have to be planted at public facilities and require recipients to create a tree plan.

“The folks who live in Pawleys and Lithfield are going to be really pleased,” said Rick Baumann, founder of Trees for Tomorrow. “The entire length of Willbrook Boulevard from Highway 17 to the Reserve Club will soon become a new urban forest.”

The road maintenance district will plant crepe myrtle, river river birch, Japanese and red maple, redbud and willow oak along the road, which it landscapes and maintains through an assessment on property owners.

They will also plant seedlings from the state Forestry Commission that were bought for Trees for Tomorrow by Murrells Inlet Seafood and Total Tree Care.

Pawleys Island Montessori School will give a seedling to each student and teacher and host an educational program by Baumann, who owns Murrells Inlet Seafood, and Todd Stephenson, owner of Total Tree Care.

Other area churches and homeowners groups have requested trees, Baumann said. Georgetown County wants a dozen crepe myrtle and river birch saplings for Wachesaw Park.

All the crepe myrtle saplings have been committed, but other species are still available. “There are a lot of folks going through the necessary steps of application and approval. If you can get your folks moving – I’ll move even faster to make your plan happen” Baumann said.

Planting will be done in December. Scout groups have volunteered to help anyone get the trees in the ground.

For information about the free trees, contact Baumann by e-mail.

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