December 6, 2014
Contact: Ashley Simmons, Office of the Mayor
704-336-3438 or 704-614-9116
CHARLOTTE, NC — Nearly 200 volunteers gathered at Garinger High School December 6 to roll up their sleeves and plan tress during a special Trees Charlotte planting ceremony. Mayor Dan Clodfelter joined group to help kick off the event, and share the importance of the city’s tree canopy.
With generous support from the Women’s Impact Fund, Trees Charlotte planted approximately 425 trees during the event. Trees Charlotte is the public-private partnership dedicated to planting 15,000 trees annually, primarily through volunteer efforts. These efforts are designed to help the city meet its goal 50 percent tree canopy coverage by 2050.
“The trees we have planted all over Charlotte are one of the city’s greatest natural assets,” said Clodfelter. “We are known across the country as a City of Trees. It’s an important legacy that we want to maintain.”
Among those helping, Trees Charlotte officials, Garinger High School students, staff and other community members.
Volunteers were greeted by rain during the event, but Mayor Clodfelter offered them encouragement, explaining how rain is perfect for planting.
“You could be doing a lot of things on a rainy Saturday morning,” said Clodfelter. ”You chose to be here and we are grateful. At least you know you won’t have to dig too hard.”
The next Trees Charlotte planting is scheduled for Feb. 8 at Hebrew Cemetery.