Want to make your neighborhood greener? Here’s a program to help preserve our tree canopy.
Charlotte’s tree canopy is one of the finest urban forests in America, providing cleaner air and water, energy savings, increased property values, and great beauty. Unfortunately the urban forest is also aging, fragile and disappearing. But you and your neighbors can help.
Charlotte City Council has adopted a goal of 50 percent tree canopy by 2050. Achieving that goal is a team effort requiring at least 500,000 additional trees to be planted. The City of Charlotte has partnered with TreesCharlotte in a collaborative effort dedicated to planting 15,000 trees annually.
TreesCharlotte’s NeighborWoods program strengthens and beautifies communities and increases environmental awareness by providing trees, education and planting supplies free of charge to neighborhoods with tree planting capacity. Neighborhood associations can apply to receive trees and planting assistance for common areas and homes in the community.
Pre-application letters of intent for the fall 2014 – spring 2015 planting season are now being accepted. Attendance at a pre-application workshop is required.
• Jan. 22, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
• Feb. 10, Noon – 1 p.m.
• Feb. 13, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
• March 5, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Workshops are held at Old City Hall, 600 E. Trade Street. Free parking is available. Additional workshops may be requested by calling 704-336-2929.
Learn more about NeighborWoods and how to apply here. Pre-application letters of intent are due by 4/1/2014. Participation is limited.