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Camden Tree Foundation earns Golden Acorn Award

Posted: October 1, 2010 4:53 p.m.
Updated: October 4, 2010 5:00 a.m.

TreesSC has selected the Camden Tree  Foundation (CTF) as the winner of the 2010 Golden Acorn Award for Outstanding Community Forestry Program.  

The foundation was recognized by TreesSC for having demonstrated high levels of commitment toward enhancing and maintaining the vitality of its community’s urban forest, according to CTF President Willard Polk. The award will be presented Oct. 28  during TreesSC’s annual meeting to in Charleston. The award recognizes a community organization that provides exemplary leadership and vision to a comprehensive urban and/or community forestry program.

During its 28-year history the CTF -- through contributions from its many donors -- has contributed thousands of trees and plantings which have enhanced the community’s many vistas and it has been a major financing and planning organization for the community’s urban forest.

Each year, the CTF completes a major tree planting and/or landscaping project and a number of smaller projects as funds become available. During this past year, the foundation completed five projects, Polk said, which included planting 175 trees and shrubs within the city of Camden. The CTF is currently in the process of completing a tree planting project near the original central square of the 1774 town plan. When completed, this project will greatly enhance the southern entrance into the city, Polk said. This is a continuation of a project that was done about 15 years ago.

The foundation has worked throughout its history with the city of Camden’s Public Works Department and Parks and Streets Commission, the S.C. Department of Transportation, local garden clubs and other groups such as schools and civic organizations to plan and coordinate numerous projects and programs such as annual Arbor Day programs to emphasize the appreciation and value of forest assets.

In large part because of the foundation’s work, Polk said, Camden has been recognized as a Tree City USA for the past 22 years.

TreesSC, formerly the S.C. Urban and Community Forestry Council, was founded in 1991 and is a non-profit organization providing a forum for the stewardship of South Carolina’s urban and community forests. These forests are inclusive of all of the trees within communities which include tree lined roads and streets, parks, neighborhoods and commercial building sites as well as other sites needful of support. The care of trees throughout communities benefits the social, economic and environmental well-being of communities throughout South Carolina. TreesSC is located in Ladson.

Contributions to the Camden Tree Foundation are tax deductible and may be made to P.O. Box 473, Camden, SC 29021.

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