About Charlotte’s Canopy

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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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State of the Canopy

Did you know that Charlotte is losing about 3 football fields of canopy per day?! Read the sobering State of the Canopy study HERE.

Canopy Cover by Neighborhood

Another component for the State of the Canopy study is an interactive map that displays current canopy cover and change in canopy over time by neighborhood. Explore the map HERE.

Urban Forest Master Plan

In order to better preserve and care of Charlotte’s iconic urban forest, the City of Charlotte created an extensive Urban Forest Plan. This plan lays out the threats to Charlotte’s canopy and what we can do to save it. Read the Urban Forest Master Plan HERE.

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.

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.

Resources for You

City of Charlotte Resources

The city’s Landscape Management division houses the city arborist’s staff, which oversees the planting and maintenance of most street trees within the city limits. If you have a problem with a street tree or are interested in having the city plant a street tree, read more about Landscape Management and how to contact them. 

Arborists Offer Expertise in Tree Care

A professional arborist should be consulted periodically to ensure optimum tree health. They can help prevent environmental damage to trees, and can help with an action plan for a tree at risk. If you need professional assistance with your tree, consult with an arborist who specializes in the care of individual trees. Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care.

There are many qualified arborists in Charlotte.  The companies listed below support TreesCharlotte and are staffed with arborists whose partnership and expertise are invaluable to TreesCharlotte.  This list is by no means comprehensive and we suggest you choose an accredited arborist with experience and references.

When hiring any tree care company, we recommend you consider the following protocols to protect yourself:

  1. Insist on certificates of insurance for liability damage and Workers Comp. These should be provided by the service provider’s insurance company by email.  Do NOT accept a handed piece of paper! If someone ends up hurt while working on your property, you do NOT want to be liable for their medical expenses.
  2. Do NOT pay any money in advance of completion.
  3. Check references.

You can learn a lot about tree care from these TreesCharlotte partners:

  • The North Carolina Urban Forest Council (NCUFC) consists of individuals, citizen groups, nonprofit organizations, businesses and agencies from around the state that share an interest in community and urban forestry. NCUFC provides many different voices protecting trees where we live, work and play.  NCUFC is a nonprofit organization, helping communities strengthen the efforts of local groups by serving as a resource, a forum for networking and discussion, and an advocate of the urban forest. The Council seeks to encourage and support these communities in their urban forest management efforts.
  • International Society of Arboriculture is an excellent resource for locating an ISA-Certified Arborist. It is important that arborists have proper credentials, and all referrals on this site have verifiable certification.
  • The Southern Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture is a non-profit organization comprised of members in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Their mission is to advance tree care knowledge and practices through research, education, and professional development.

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. 

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