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Charlotte’s tree canopy is one of the finest urban forests in America and is our most recognized and treasured natural resource. The canopy defines our City and benefits everyone by enhancing public health and promoting wellness, cleaning our air and water, reducing storm water runoff, providing wildlife habitat, enhancing property values, and cooling our city and homes. Recognizing the canopy’s importance, the City Council adopted a bold tree canopy coverage goal of 50 percent by 2050. This goal calls for planting more than 500,000 trees.
Unfortunately, we are losing trees at an alarming rate as our canopy ages and from real estate development and disease. TreesCharlotte’s efforts to plant thousands of trees of many varieties each year and to educate young and old are critical to preserving, replenishing and diversifying our urban forest. TreesCharlotte has assembled key ingredients for a successful urban forestry program: strong community support and volunteers; highly effective partnerships, including with the City of Charlotte; critical urban forestry knowledge; and a hyper-efficient business model.
TreesCharlotte raises funds for annual operations, as well as for a $15 million endowment to ensure TreesCharlotte can serve as the needed permanent steward of the urban forest.