Keeping Charlotte The City of Trees
In 2012, TreesCharlotte was created as a public/private collaboration dedicated to planting trees, primarily through volunteer efforts with a focus on underserved communities. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, TreesCharlotte also educates Charlotte’s residents on the importance of the canopy and ways to plant and preserve trees.
A healthy tree canopy means a healthier environment for Charlotte residents. Among the myriad benefits, trees clean our air, filter our water, ease storm water run-off, reduce our energy usage, cool our streets, parks, and homes, increase property values and provide natural beauty that is the envy of cities across the world.
Unfortunately, Charlotte’s urban forest is old, fragile and depleting. In recognition of the canopy’s importance, the Charlotte City Council adopted a bold tree canopy coverage goal of 50% by 2050. Achieving this goal calls for planting 500,000 trees over the coming decades.