Palmetto Pride plants deep roots throughout state
PalmettoPride, South Carolina's non- profit antilitter organization, celebrated the 2008- 2009 Tree Grant Fall Cycle with the donation of 55 trees to Carolina Wildlife Care in Lexington. Student volunteers from the University of South Carolina assisted in the project, planting 50 Red Cedar and five River Birch.
Carolina Wildlife Care, a non- profit organization that rehabilitates orphaned or injured animals through a hands- off approach and safely releases them in the wild, recruited volunteers from USC's Community Service Council to meet three objectives: On October 30, 10 students created a roadside barrier to shelter animals from hectic traffic; formed a natural barrier to protect the 30 x 15 foot flight cage that houses large birds, such as crows, herons and geese; and solved an ongoing water problem by using the River Birch for absorption.
Every year, through a joint effort with the Forestry Commission and the Department of Corrections, PalmettoPride provides a variety of organizations with trees statewide. This year 1,447 trees were donated to local governments, municipalities and communities focused on naturally beautifying surrounding areas. Among the tree species available were Leyland Cypress, Red Cedar, Red Maple, River Birch and Sugar Maple.
The species offered vary every cycle, according to the climate and availability.
The organization advises recipients to plant during the dormant season, ensuring tree survival, and provides sufficient information regarding the proper care of new trees.
Palmetto Pride's Tree Grants are available in two cycles: in the fall and spring. All recipients are required to submit a grant report which includes before and after photographs, pertinent newspaper articles and related documents, and participate in the Great American Cleanup.
For more information regarding PalmettoPride, Tree Grants and The Great American Cleanup, please visit the organization Web site at www.palmettopride. org or call Toll Free at (877) PAL- PRDE (725- 7733).