COLUMBIA — As part of the shoreline enhancement project for Lake Murray, SCE&G will give away tree seedlings in February.
The giveaway will take place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 15 and from 9 a.m. until noon Feb. 16 at the SCE&G Environmental Building, 6248 Bush River Road .
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 trees, shrubs and grasses helps enhance the fish habitat and reduces 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 to 15 trees and will be free of charge for lake residents. Planting instructions will be provided.
This is the 14th year of the tree giveaway, which has provided trees for hundreds of property owners. The trees that will be available this year are Cypress Bald, River Birch, Button Bushes 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.”
Any questions concerning the Habitat Enhancement Project can be directed to SCE&G’s Lake Management Department at 803-217-9221.