City of Charlotte names Tim Porter new chief arborist

Charlotte, NC
Warren, Tabitha

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Tim Porter, Engineering & Property Management

Quin Hall, Engineering & Property Management

The Engineering & Property Management Department is pleased to announce Tim Porter has been selected as chief arborist for the City of Charlotte.  

Porter, 37, has worked six years for the City in both the Land Development Urban Forestry group and the Landscape Management Division. Most recently, Porter has been the interim dhief arborist. Previous work includes the US Forest Service, Urban Ecology Institute and Cornell Cooperative Extension. He steps in for long-time chief arborist Don McSween, who retired last year after 33 years with the City.

Along with his master’s degree in forest and natural resources management from the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Porter also holds a bachelor of arts in english and communications from USC-Aiken.  

Porter’s knowledge of urban forestry, tree canopy management and tree risk assessment is matched by a strong vision for the strategic management of our urban forest. Working with the Council-appointed Tree Advisory Commission and the City’s nonprofit partner TreesCharlotte, Porter will lead tree planting and care efforts, tree ordinance compliance and fulfillment of Council’s goal to have 50 percent tree canopy by 2050.

“It’s an honor to be named city arborist,” said Porter. “I’m excited about working with the community and all stakeholders to protect and manage our urban forest, which is Charlotte’s most valuable natural asset.”

Porter’s love and respect for the outdoors led him toward forestry. “But I realized in school I didn’t want to follow a career path focusing on things such as timber stand management,” he said. “Urban forestry greatly appealed to me because of the effect city trees have on people’s lives. More than just the environmental benefits, trees can have spiritual and aesthetic importance for many people. Our trees help define a strong sense of place, and foster peace of mind.”