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Tree Party

Tree Party
The surprising benefits of new local plantings  

If you drive Savannah Highway near Rantowles Creek, you may have noted dozens of trees being planted along the medians: 21 live oaks, 26 crepe myrtles, and 20 palms to be exact. That’s thanks to the volunteer-run 10,000 Trees for Charleston, formed in 2012.

Why? Well let’s take a look at the benefits of the new additions. According to the National Tree Benefit Calculator, this year they may intercept up to 21,616 gallons of storm-water runoff and remove 1,997 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. They’ll also raise nearby property values by some $424 and eventually help shade the highway, cooling the road and reducing “urban heat island” effects. To learn more or sponsor a tree, visit