Community Forest Master Plan
With the support of a grant from SC Forestry Commission, the Town is in the process of completing it's first ever Community Forest Master Plan.
The Community Forest Master Plan (CFMP) for the Town of Mount Pleasant (Town) is a long-term roadmap to create a healthy, thriving, proactively managed community forest, prioritized as a valuable, shared community asset. The CFMP defines the current state of the community forest by assessing current tree care practices, funding, and staffing levels to establish a measurable baseline of care. The baseline is compared to current arboriculture research, industry best management practices, and community priorities to identify goals, actions, and strategies necessary to achieve a shared vision of a sustainable community forest program.
The final version of the CFMP can be found here.
The Public Comment period for this plan has closed and we are working on incorporating those comments into the final document which will be linked once it is available.
Public Planting Projects
Trees not only enhance the Town with natural beauty, they also: reduce air pollution, filter dust, prevent soil erosion, improve surface drainage, provide cooling shade and minimize flooding. Some of the Town’s public planting projects include the following:
- Pitt Street Bridge
- Memorial Waterfront Park
- Town Hall
- Hwy 17 streetscape
- Coleman Blvd streetscape
- Future Capital Projects
Power Line Undergrounding Program
In the interest of good practice with regards to tree protection and preservation, undergrounding of utilities is an important part of Take Root. Further benefits of placing power lines underground include aesthetics of reducing the presence of power lines and making them less susceptible to outages during a storm. This program is funded through Tree Bank Mitigation Funds, a fund agreement with Dominion Energy, and Capital Projects funding. Undergrounding projects in the Town include the following:
- Long Point Road – Completed undergrounding lines from Whipple Rd to Phobe St
- Mathis Ferry Road - Three Phases
- Phase I: completed undergrounding the lines from Muirhead Road to Olde Central Way;
- Phase II: completed undergrounding the lines from Olde Central Way to Bowman Road;
- Phase III: will underground lines from Muirhead Road to Wingo Way.
- Future: McCants Drive – Will commence once MFR Phase III is complete
- Pending: Feasibility Study for The Groves / Hobcaw
- Patriots Point - In conjunction with the realignment of Patriots Point Boulevard
- Coleman Boulevard