Urban Foresters

Community Forestry Services

What do we do?

We provide technical and/or educational assistance regarding community forest inventories and management plans, community and county tree ordinances, grant project implementation, how to become a Tree City USA, proper tree selection, installation, care and maintenance, distribute educational information, coordinate and conduct training workshops, and promote SC’s Arbor Day.

Who do we assist?

Primary assistance is provided to personnel working for towns, cities and counties. Secondary assistance is provided to professional associations, civic and volunteer organizations, state agencies, educational institutions, and businesses.

Urban Forest

Urban Forestry Coordinator- Frances Waite

(Statewide responsibilities.  Also provides direct assistance to Richland and Lexington Counties)
Telephone: (843) 209-7536
5500 Broad River Rd., Columbia, SC 29212

Coastal Region Urban Forester- Cara Specht

(serving Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton, Jasper, and Orangeburg Counties)
Telephone: 839-201-2722

1820 Savannah Hwy., Suite A-2, Charleston, SC 29407

Piedmont Region Urban Forester- Dena Whitesides

(serving Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Chester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Saluda, Spartanburg, Union, and York Counties)
Telephone: (803) 391-0330
39 General Henderson Road, Newberry, SC  29108


Pee Dee Region Urban Forester- Lois Edwards

(serving Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, and Williamsburg Counties)
Telephone: (864) 910-0139
Conway, SC 29526



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