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Camden's urban forester to hold public tree meeting

Will focus on tree removal grant

Posted: September 24, 2010 8:15 a.m.
Updated: September 27, 2010 5:00 a.m.

City of Camden Urban Forester Liz Gilland will host a public meeting on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers. The purpose of the meeting is to share information about the tree inventory; how trees
live, grow and die; and tree removal activities scheduled for this fall.

Under a competitive grant for hazardous tree removal and canopy restoration from the South Carolina Forestry Commission, the City will be removing trees at-risk of falling. This one-time funding was awarded through a federal stimulus program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Camden is one of only 44 municipalities across the state to receive the funding. On average, each municipality received about $18,500 to complete their project.

The city of Camden received $21,000.

“This funding is aimed at helping communities like ours improve public safety by removing structurally unsound trees while simultaneously establishing the next generation of trees,” Gilland said. “Unfortunately we have a lot of trees at risk of falling. In the two months I’ve been here, we have had two tree failures and six large branch failures – an average of one incident per week. We are fortunate that no one has been hurt or no property damaged. This grant helps us to be proactive in removing unsafe trees.”

Specifically, the grant will provide funding for hazard tree removals with the condition that the city will pay to replace each tree that is removed. Trees considered hazardous must possess serious structural defects and pose a threat to a nearby “target” (buildings, vehicles, roads, pedestrians, etc.) if they were to fall.

The funds will be used to hire tree service companies to conduct the removal along public right-of-ways. The public is invited to learn more about trees and the grant project at the meeting.

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