Charlotte Tree Resources

Carbon Offset Calculator

Directly reducing our carbon footprint is clearly ideal, but some level of carbon emissions are unavoidable. A great way to compensate for these emissions is through the purchase of carbon offsets, which help fund credible projects that minimize the impact of these emissions.


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Charlotte’s Tree Ordinance

Charlotte’s Tree Ordinance plays a vital role in protecting and growing the city’s nationally recognized tree canopy. First adopted in 1978, the ordinance sets requirements for saving and planting trees on public and private property impacted by development. Learn more about the Charlotte Tree Ordinance on the City of Charlotte & Mecklenberg County web site.


Neighborhood Breakdown of Trees and Their Health

Charlotte maintains some 150,000 street trees across the city. But age is catching up to many of them. Click on this interactive map to see the of health of trees in specific neighborhoods.


Emerald Ash Borer Is Coming

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is a metallic green beetle that bores into ash trees eating the tissues beneath the bark, eventually killing the tree. The EAB is now found in many Midwestern and Eastern states and has already killed millions of ash trees. The City of Charlotte’s tree management group is working on an action plan to manage public trees and to provide information for citizens. Click here for additional EAB resources.


The Queen’s Crown

The Queen’s Crown is recognition of the majesty of our area tree canopy and an effort to change an idea to an entity. On this site, you will find several trees of note, their location on a Google map, and statistics such as height, diameter and spread. Additionally, there are many wonderful stories about these trees, some drawn from written records, others from urban legend, and perhaps a few that are total fabrication.

The Queen’s Crown also provides helpful tree care education, such as how-to information about Tree Pruning, Root Collar Excavations, and Healthy Soils.


Tree Canopy Study & Analysis for Charlotte/Mecklenburg County

With funding from the City of Charlotte, a detailed analysis of the region’s existing and potential tree canopy was conducted by the Spatial Analysis Laboratory at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources. Utilizing data from 2012, the study was a collaborative effort with Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, SavATree, and the USDA Forest Service’s Northern Research Station. Download a PDF of this study.


Tree Owner’s Manual

From planting to ongoing maintenance, this guide from the North Carolina Urban Forest Council provides tips on caring for your trees and ensuring that they will thrive for many years to come. Download or print the manual.


From Tree to Shining Tree

A forest can feel like a place of great stillness and quiet. But if you dig a little deeper, there’s a hidden world beneath your feet as busy and complicated as a city at rush hour.

In this story, a dog introduces us to a strange creature that burrows beneath forests, building an underground network where deals are made and lives are saved (and lost) in a complex web of friendships, rivalries, and business relations. It’s a network that scientists are only just beginning to untangle and map, and it’s not only turning our understanding of forests upside down, it’s leading some researchers to rethink what it means to be intelligent.

Produced by Annie McEwen and Brenna Farrell. Special Thanks to Latif Nasser, Stephanie Tam, Teresa Ryan, Marc Guttman, and Professor Nicholas P. Money at Miami University. 

Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified naturalist David Attenborough as his late brother, actor Richard Attenborough. In addition, it dated the earliest scientific studies of fungi to the late 19th century, whereas naturalists have studied fungi since the 17th century. Lastly, we mistakenly stated that the oxygen that a plant respires comes from CO2, when in reality it comes from water. The audio has been adjusted to correct these facts.

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