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Soil and Water Conservation Districts celebrate Arbor Day in South Carolina

December 05, 2023

Arbor Day, a tradition that began in Nebraska, now continues throughout the nation.

In South Carolina, our Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) celebrate by planting a tree in their community, hosting a tree giveaway or other forestry related outreach. The planting of trees promotes beautification, soil health, and advocates for forestry. National Arbor Day is celebrated on the first Friday of April, but South Carolina celebrates the first Friday of December. This is the ideal time to plant trees in our state.

Conservation districts throughout the state marked Arbor Day on Dec. 1 by planting trees and helping with events in their respective counties.

"Other holidays repose upon the past; Arbor Day proposes for the future."
– J. Sterling Morton.

Soil and Water Conservation Districts are a subdivision of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources that focus on locally led conservation. To learn more about your county’s SWCD or to get involved, visit