Lake Management Department
January 3, 2006, Columbia, SC - As part of the shoreline enhancement project for Lake Murray, South Carolina Electric & Gas will give away free tree seedlings later this month.
The free giveaway will take place on Friday, February 17th from 3 to 6 p.m. at the SCE&G Public Park located on the Irmo side of the Lake Murray Dam. The seedlings can also be obtained the next day, Saturday, February 18th from 9 a.m. until noon at the same location.
The Lake Murray Shoreline Habitat Enhancement Project is a cooperative effort between SCE&G, the Department of Natural Resources, and Lake Interest Groups It is designed to improve the aesthetics of the Lake's shoreline, help control erosion, re-establish shoreline vegetation, and protect water quality.
Tommy Boozer, who heads up SCE&G's Lake Management activities, said the planting of bald cypress trees and other vegetation helps enhance the fishing habitat and reduce shoreline erosion.
"This program is designed as a long-term project to re-establish shoreline vegetation, " Boozer said. "It will take a cooperative effort between lake management agencies, the general public and individual property owners to make the project a success."
The seedlings are distributed in bundles of 10 and 15 trees and are free of charge for lake residents. Planting instructions are provided.
This is the ninth year of the tree giveaway which has provided trees for over hundreds of property owners. The trees being made available this year are Cypress, River Birch, Willows, and Button Bushes and will be available for lake property owners to pick up and plant on the shoreline in front of their lots. This is a great opportunity for individuals and lake groups to get involved by planting shoreline vegetation and enhancing wildlife habitat.
If you have any questions concerning the Habitat Enhancement Project, please call SCE&G's Lake Management Department at (803) 217-9221 for information.