North Myrtle Beach Tree City Committee August Tree of the Month Award
Posted by Century 21 Thomas Blogger | Monday, August 8, 2016

The North Myrtle Beach Tree City Committees August Tree of the Month Award recognizes a group of Longleaf pines located on several different parcels of land along Madison Drive near 20th Avenue south. The trees bear scars of wounds from sap harvesting many years ago.
The Long Leaf pine is native to coastal South Carolina and it grows well in the sandy local soil. The trees were the source of naval stores (resin, turpentine, and timber) for the shipbuilding industry around which so much of the original economy and development of Horry County was founded.

Those wishing to learn more about this tree and its contribution to local history are invited to a free August 18, 11:00 a.m., seminar at the North Myrtle Beach Library, 910 1st Avenue South. The seminar is free but attendance is limited to 40 people. John Ford, a local resident and self-taught tree historian, will present more in-depth information on the Longleaf Pine, its historical and economic significance to our area, and the importance of preservation. Ford lived in North Myrtle Beach for 40 years. His parents and grandparents created in him an interest in the ocean, rivers, the forest, and nature in general. Ford also studied archaeology on his own.

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