Laurie Reid, City Arborist
Laurie manages and coordinates programs to effectively manage right-of-way trees, enforces the city's tree ordinance as it relates to right-of-way trees, and conducts outreach and education sessions.
She holds a bachelor of science and master of science in entomology from Clemson University. She is an ISA-Certified Arborist and holds an ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification.
Laurie's career path began as an environmental educator for Cypress Gardens, a park in Berkeley County, SC, and later she became the forest health program manager for the South Carolina Forestry Commission for more than 10 years. She began to work with the City of Charlotte in 2014 where she has held the roles of Urban Forestry Specialist, the Urban Forestry Supervisor, and then the Assistant City Arborist. She became the City Arborist in 2021.
Laurie is passionate about environmental education, trees, forest health, and insects and diseases that affect trees.