November 5, 2014
Contact: Ashley Simmons, Office of the Mayor
(704) 336-3438 or (704) 614-9116

CHARLOTTE, NC — “The City of Trees” is the nickname given to Charlotte for its bold goal of 50 percent tree canopy by 2050. Mayor Dan Clodfelter shared several facts about trees in Charlotte November 5 as he welcomed participants during the 2014 Partners In Community Forestry Conference at The Westin hotel.
Mayor Clodfelter discussed the importance of trees to environmental sustainability. He also shared that the city’s nearly 47 percent tree canopy coverage is better than any of the other of the 20 largest American cities.
“It’s one of the first things visitors take notice of when they fly into or arrive in Charlotte—one of the city’s greatest natural assets, said Clodfelter. “The City of Charlotte cares for and maintains nearly 180,000 trees on public property and in the city’s right of way.”
He also shared information about TreesCharlotte, a public-private partnership dedicated to planting trees in the community.
“TreesCharlotte is a public private partnership dedicated to planting more than 15,000 trees annually, primarily through volunteer efforts,” said Clodfelter. “This collaborative educates Charlotte residents on the importance of the canopy and ways to plan and preserve trees.”
Clodfelter encouraged participants to venture around the city on planned riding and walking tours to see the tree canopy.