Urban Forestry

Trees help to form our city-wide forest, which is the combination of all vegetation (trees, shrubs and turfgrass) within our community. This vegetation grows in public places such as our streets, parks, school grounds and government centers as well as private places such as home landscapes, churches, cemeteries, vacant lots and woodlands. A properly cared for and well-managed community forest can provide benefits that far exceed management costs. Our parks and green spaces allow citizens and visitors to form connections with nature. In addition, our community forest provides shade, energy conservation, storm water management, air pollution filtration, bird and wildlife habitat, aesthetics and much more! As a result of caring for and maintaining our public trees and parks, the City has continuously achieved Tree City USA status for the past 26 years! 

Currently, the city employs an urban forester whose responsibilities include: the administration of the public tree ordinance, tree exams, public education and presentations, the ceremony coordination for the Leader’s Legacy Recognition Program awardees, the coordination of Arbor Day, the recertification of Tree City USA status and to oversee public tree management and maintenance within the city limits. She also serves as the City liaison to the Parks & Trees Commission and the Kershaw County Farmers Market Manager.

 Liz Gilland, Urban Forester
Camden Public Works      
1000 Lyttleton Street
(W) 425-6045 
lgilland@camdensc.org

To view the City's Public Tree Ordinance, please click here