SCE&G to Give Away Tree Seedlings to Enhance Lake Murray Shoreline 
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (Feb. 4, 2009) – As part of the shoreline enhancement project for Lake Murray, SCE&G will give away tree seedlings in February. The giveaway will take place on Friday, Feb. 20, from 2 to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. until noon at the SCE&G public park located on the Lexington (south) side of the Lake Murray Dam at the concession stand.

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,” said Boozer. “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 will be distributed in bundles of 10 and 15 trees and will be free of charge for lake residents. Planting instructions will be provided.

This is the 11th year of the tree giveaway, which has provided trees for hundreds of property owners. The trees that will be available this year are Cypress, River Birch, Button Bushes, Silky Dogwoods and Southern Wax Myrtles. “This is a great opportunity for individuals and lake groups to get involved by planting shoreline vegetation and enhancing wildlife habitat,” said Boozer. “They will be available for lake property owners to pick up and plant on the shoreline in front of their lots.”

If you have any questions concerning the Habitat Enhancement Project, please call SCE&G’s Lake Management Department at 803-217-9221 for information.

South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 649,000 customers in 26 counties in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 302,000 customers in 34 counties in the state. Information about SCE&G is available on the company’s web site at www.sceg.com.
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