Mobile Workshop – Rooted: Explore our City in a Forest

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Charlotte’s tree canopy is the city’s signature natural resource. In 2011, the city council adopted a “50% Canopy by 2050” goal to preserve and enhance the canopy. Charlotte employs three complementary strategies to accomplish this goal: maintenance of healthy trees on public property, land development regulations balancing tree protection with economic growth, and strong community collaboration that sparked the creation of a very successful public-private collaborative effort called TreesCharlotte. This combination bus and walking tour will teach you the heritage and promise of Charlotte’s canopy efforts. The tour will consist of three parts:

  1. Tree Canopy Preservation Program conservation area tour. See a site that has been purchased by the city for the sole purpose of saving the trees. These purchases are funded by mitigation payments made by developers who cannot meet tree-save requirements at their development sites.
  2. Uptown tree walking tour. Learn about the forward-looking plan to have tree-lined uptown streets. Sidewalks were specially engineered to accommodate tree roots. Learn about the hazards these trees face.
  3. TreesCharlotte planting site. Hear the story of the public/private collaborative that Charlotte has created and see some of the sites where volunteers and the community have come together to plant trees on public or private property.

Type: Bus and walking tour

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