Setting Targets and Continuing to Grow
The most recent aerial analysis in 2012 showed that Charlotte’s tree canopy cover was 47%. The City of Charlotte set an ambitious goal of growing the tree canopy to 50% by 2050. Meeting the canopy goal means planting 500,000 trees, or “canopying” 12,000 acres which is why we need your help.
Spread over 20 years, we will need to plant 25,000 trees per year. The aerial analysis of the canopy will be updated in late 2017, and programs will recalibrate as needed. There is insufficient public land to meet planting needs, so residential subdivisions hold the most potential for planting and for community engagement.
The efforts of TreesCharlotte and its incredible partners and volunteers paid considerable dividends since 2012. Some of the achievements include:
Planted or gave away more than 20,000 containerized trees
Engaged nearly 10,000 volunteers
Stewarded thousands of trees already planted at previous events
Educated thousands of students and residents about tree care and tree benefits
Established and expanded partnerships with numerous corporate sponsors
Held 5 successful Tree Canopy Action Summits