Trees were among the most numerous casualties in major storms, and a cooperative effort April 2 will help replace some of those lost to weather.
Columbus county Cooperative Extension is working with International Paper and the Arbor Day community Tree Recovery Program to give away 1,000 trees. The trees will come in one- two- and three-gallon pots and are specifically chosen to thrive in the area.
The event will be held at Riegelwood Baptist Church starting at 9 a.m., and will run through noon unless the trees run out first.
The available species will include river birch, blueberry highbush, black chokeberry, Southern crabapple, white fringetree, Washington hawthorne, American hornbeam, Northern and Southern red oak, water oaks, pecan, Eastern redbud, Shadblow serviceberry and sycamore. There is a limit of two trees per person, with consideration for quantities of and demand for the most popular species.
Staff from the Columbus County Extension Service will help residents select species appropriate to their planting conditions and provide advice on proper planting techniques.
The church is located at 103 N.C. 87 in Riegelwood.