Canopy Conservation

The Simple Math: We Need More Trees!

Charlotte is known as the “City of Trees”, and we have a wonderful foundation for achieving manageable canopy goals. However, a detailed analysis shows we must take a rather aggressive approach to ensure the continued health and well-being of our tree canopy, and we must actively plant thousands of trees to account for growth and development in our city and around the region.

The TreesCharlotte collaborative planted more than 7,000 trees this past season in neighborhoods, schools and parks. TreesCharlotte also supports reforest efforts to plant thousands of small trees in natural areas.

Setting Targets and Continuing to Grow

Hard numbers show the TreesCharlotte mission is vitally important:

  • Meeting the canopy goal means planting 500,000 trees, or “canopying” 12,000 acres. Spread over 20 years, we will need to plant 25,000 trees per year.
  • Currently about 10,000 trees are planted each year by the City and limited volunteer efforts. TreesCharlotte’s goal is to plant 15,000 more trees annually.
  • The aerial analysis of the canopy will be updated every 3 years, and programs will recalibrate as needed.
  • There is insufficient public land to meet planting needs.
  • Residential subdivisions hold the most potential for planting and for community engagement.

The Numbers Show Steady Progress with More to Come!

The efforts of TreesCharlotte and its incredible partners and volunteers paid considerable dividends since 2012. Some of the achievements include:

  • Planted over 19,000 containerized trees
  • Engaged over 9,300 volunteers
  • Established effective partnerships
  • Held 5 successful Tree Canopy Action Summits
  • Enhanced

Our Tree Canopy Grew All Over Town in 2013

Thousands of volunteers help make TreesCharlotte an incredible success in communities all around Charlotte. Check out all the areas that benefitted from TreesCharlotte planting events:

  • Applegate Neighborhood
  • Berewick Elementary School
  • Bette Rae Thomas Center
  • Brawley Farms Neighborhood
  • Briar Bend Creek ReLeaf – Charlotte Public Tree Fund
  • Brightwalk and Anita Stroud Park
  • Buckleigh Neighborhood
  • Burtonwood Neighborhood
  • Candlewyck Neighborhood
  • Colonial Village Neighborhood
  • Cherry Neighborhood
  • Commonwealth Morningside Neighborhoods
  • Community House Middle School
  • Croft Community School
  • Devonshire Elementary & Cochrane Middle School
  • Dillehay Courts – CHA
  • Elon Park Elementary and Elon Park
  • Flatbranch Park
  • Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Orchard
  • Garinger High School
  • General Point & Estates Neighborhood
  • Grier Heights
  • Hickory Grove Elementary
  • Hidden Valley Elementary
  • Highland Mill Montessori
  • Historic Rosedale
  • Hornets Nest Elementary
  • John Morehead STEM Academy
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • J.W. Grier Academy
  • Lake Wylie Elementary School
  • Little Rock Homes –  CHA
  • Madison Park and Sinclaire Place Neighborhoods
  • Marie G. Davis Military Academy
  • McIntyre Neighborhood
  • McMullen Creek Greenway
  • Mecklenburg County & Public Tree Fund
  • MLK Middle School
  • Nathaniel Alexander Elementary
  • NoDa and Villa Heights Neighborhoods
  • North Carolina Welcome Center
  • Oak Valley – CHA
  • Oakbrooke Neighborhood
  • Palisades Park Elementary
  • Park Ridge Neighborhood
  • Peachtree Hills Neighborhood
  • Phillip O’Berry Academy
  • Plaza Midwood
  • Ranson Middle School
  • Reacroft Neighborhood
  • Reid Park Academy
  • Renaissance Park Rivermere Apartments – CHA
  • Renaissance West
  • Revolutionary Park
  • Robert F. Kennedy Middle School
  • Shuffletown Park
  • Slater Springs Neighborhood
  • Southside Homes & MG Davis School
  • Starmount Academy
  • SteeleChase Neighborhood
  • Stewart Creek Park
  • Southside Park
  • Starmount Academy
  • Stewart Creek Park
  • Sugar Creek Charter
  • Temple Beth El
  • Thomasboro Academy
  • Waddell Language Academy
  • West Charlotte High School
  • WG Byers Elementary and Greenville Park
  • Winget Park Elementary School
  • Winterfield Park
  • Woodbury Neighborhood

The Growing Continues in 2017

Another exciting year of plantings is on tap for 2017! These preliminary locations are subject to change, and more plantings will be added throughout the year:

  • Avensong Neighborhood
  • Briarwood Elementary School and Park
  • Cameron Wood Neighborhood
  • Hebrew Cemetery
  • Highland Renaissance Academy
  • Kingsbridge Neighborhood
  • Landen Meadows Neighborhood
  • Maplewoods and Hucks Landing Neighborhoods
  • Montclaire, Madison Park and Starmount Neighborhoods
  • Stonehaven Neighborhood
  • Winding Springs Elementary