Published: January 8, 2010
CLEMSON — The Clemson Centennial Bur Oak, a campus landmark and favorite meeting place, has been selected by Trees SC as the South Carolina Heritage Tree of 2009.
The 2009 Heritage Tree will be commemorated at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, at its location next to the parking lot the Hendrix Student Center, across from Newman Hall and the Redfern Health Center. The event is sponsored by Clemson University Students for Environmental Awareness and the landscape services department. Students, faculty, staff and the public are invited.
After the commemoration, there will be a tree planting followed by a reception in the lobby of Lehotsky Hall. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in the lobby.
The Centennial Bur Oak is the largest tree on the campus with massive branches and a circumference of 15 feet. The tree was named the Centennial Bur Oak when Clemson celebrated 100 years of existence in 1989. It is believed that this tree was a sapling when Thomas Green Clemson in 1883 willed his land for a college.
The tree is the largest bur oak in South Carolina and has been protected over the years by the landscape services department. The tree has been cited in the 2009 University Preservation Master Plan and the book, “The Nature of Clemson: A Field Guide to the Natural History of Clemson University.”
Students for Environmental Awareness
Clemson University Students for Environmental Awareness’ mission is to promote sustainability through advocacy, education and funding projects that address environmentalism. Organization events have included art shows, national teach-ins, fundraising events, Garden Fest, Earth Day celebrations, and members participate in Game Day recycling.
Trees SC, formerly the South Carolina Urban and Community Forestry Council, was founded in 1991 as a nonprofit organization that provides a forum for the stewardship of South Carolina’s urban and community forests.