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Tree Preservation

Thanks to our citizens' love and care for trees, we enjoy a large percentage of canopy cover Island-wide and are proud to be a Tree City USA Community since 2016.

 Trees cool the summer air, filter dust and pollution, provide cover for wildlife, beautify our surroundings, and so much more.  The Town encourages preservation of our urban forest through local zoning regulations and promotes education through the Sullivan’s Island Tree Commission

Arbor Day  

Celebrate the importance of trees with our Arbor Day Celebration

Tree Removal and Maintenance Permits

Planting a tree in springtime? Check mulched areas and shrub beds for seedlings that need transplanting. The smaller the seedling, the better the chance of survival. Trees such as maple, live oak and dogwood germinate in the spring, and first-year seedlings are easier to move successfully. Oaks and other trees germinate in the fall.  The National Arbor Day Foundation lists nine things you should know about trees

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions regarding tree preservation like, do I need a permit to remove a tree, what trees are protected and further resources can be found in our Tree Removal and Maintenance brochure as well as our Protected Tree List. Please click the links below to view each document in it's entirety. Please visit the Tree Commission page to learn more about application submissions.          

                                                    Tree Maintenance & Removal Guide                               Tree Preservation Picture