GREENVILLE — The local conservation group Upstate Forever received a $5,000 grant last year from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank to help expand its efforts to increase public awareness and appreciation for trees in our region.
Upstate Forever began the tree tagging project in 2012, with start-up funds from Anderson County, the Cities of Greenville and Spartanburg, Furman University, The Noble Tree Foundation and Pickens County Stormwater Partners.
The project aims to showcase the benefits that trees provide by hanging 11 inch by 17 inch educational tags on trees in high-visibility areas. The tags quantify the amount of stormwater runoff reduction, carbon reduction, electrical energy savings, and property value benefits that each tree provides on an annual basis.
Upstate Forever, with the help of numerous project partners and volunteers, hung more than 325 tree tags at 50 locations in all 10 Upstate counties between Nov. 1, 2013, and July 31, 2014.
Approximately 650 students and volunteers participated in this educational initiative, installing tree tags at schools, universities, parks, businesses, government buildings, historical sites and community gardens throughout the Upstate.
Participants identified and measured the selected tree, and then used an online tree benefit calculator to estimate the benefits of each particular tree. The educational tags hung on trees for three to four weeks and then were removed to allow the tree to grow and prevent any vandalism or litter problems.
Contact Erika Hollis, Clean Air and Water Project Manager, at 864-250-0500, ext. 17, for more information.