December 3rd is “Arbor Day” in Walterboro

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By VICKI BROWN

vbrown@lowcountry.com

Walterboro City Council passed a Resolution naming December 3, 2021 as Arbor Day in the city.

According to historical sources, in 1872, the Nebraska Board of Agriculture established a special day to be set aside for the planting of trees.

This became a holiday called Arbor Day. When the day was first observed, more than a million trees were planted in Nebraska. Arbor Day is now observed throughout the nation and the world.

Scientists say that trees can be a solution to combating climate change by reducing the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water. Trees also cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce life-giving oxygen, and provide a habitat for wildlife.

Trees are a renewable resource giving us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for our fires, and countless other wood products, greatly impacting the economy of South Carolina.

Mayor Bill Young says that trees in the city increases property values, enhances the economic vitality of business areas, and beautifies the community.

“Trees, wherever they are planted, are sources of joy and spiritual renewal. Therefore, December 3, 2021 is hereby proclaimed as “Arbor Day” in the City of Walterboro,” said Young. “I, along with the City Council, urge all citizens to plant trees to gladden the heart and to promote the well-being of this and future generations.”

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