The community effort aims to recruit volunteers to help plant trees in several Charlotte communities
If you walk down many streets in Charlotte, you’ll be greeted by big, majestic trees that have been part of the local landscape for decades. Charlotte’s tree canopy is the city’s most recognized natural treasure and resource. But, it’s threatened. The city lost approximately 3%, or 9,475 acres, of its tree canopy between 2002-2008, and additional losses are projected from natural degeneration and development.
There’s a public/private collaborative partnership, called TreesCharlotte, that is focused on addressing the need to plant, preserve and protect Charlotte’s trees to help make the city a greener and healthier place to live, work and play. TreesCharlotte, initiated by the Knight Foundation, Foundation For The Carolinas and City of Charlotte in partnership with the Charlotte Public Tree Fund and Catawba Lands Conservancy, has a community goal to increase the city’s tree canopy by 50 percent by 2050.
CLC leads the NeighborWoods program of TreesCharlotte, an effort that manages the planting of nearly 3,500 trees each year. NeighborWoods strategically aligns communities that have a reduced amount or little existing tree buffer with volunteers who plant small or medium maturing trees.
Trees Charlotte By The Numbers
SINCE ITS LAUNCH IN 2012 UNTIL THE END OF 2015,
HERE’S A LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF TREES TREESCHARLOTTE HAS PLANTED BY PROJECT TYPE.
seedlings were given away to Charlotte residents,
in addition to the trees planted at various events.
This effort to plant trees, raise awareness in the community of the canopy and educate the public on tree care is being led by former CLC Executive Director Dave Cable. He believes TreesCharlotte is an important community catalyst for civic engagement and a way to manage the urban canopy which is a natural fit for Catawba Lands Conservancy. Heike Biller, CLC’s administrative director, manages the NeighborWoods planting events and volunteer recruitment.
“This is a great and tangible way many children and families can actively participate in an effort to help improve our community and make a lasting difference for conservation,” said Heike.
CLC is recruiting volunteers now for monthly TreesCharlotte NeighborWoods tree plantings. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Heike at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-342-3330, x210.
Visit the TreesCharlotte website for more information.