Charlotte Urban Forest Fact Sheet
|Land area by acres*||337,280|
+Based on the 2010 U.S. Census
*Courtesy of The Trust for Public Land
Charlotte Urban Forest Facts*
- There are 85,146 publicly managed street trees.
- The predominant tree species are willow oak and crapemyrtle.
- There is approximately one public tree for every seven residents of Charlotte.
- The city’s tree inventory contains 215 tree species.
- 37 percent of surveyed trees are less than six inches in diameter.
- Charlotte’s trees:
- Intercept approximately 28 million cubic feet of stormwater annually, which equates to $2.1 million in stormwater management savings.
- Provide $914,000 annually in energy savings.
- Sequester 10,860 tons of carbon dioxide and reduce emissions by 3,235 tons, which is estimated to be of $198,500 in value.
- Provide aesthetic benefits, like increased property value, of approximately $2.76 million.
- On average, a tree in Charlotte provides $69 in total benefits, and if it’s a street tree, it provides $166.
- Trees in Charlotte return $3.25 in benefits for every dollar invested.
- Charlotte’s urban tree canopy is 46 percent.+
* As reported in “Municipal Forest Resource Analysis,” which was developed for Charlotte in 2005 by the Center for Urban Forest Research, U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station.
+ As reported to American Forests in its survey of the 50 most populous U.S. cities.
Top 10 Criteria
|Urban Forest Management Plan||Yes, first completed in 2008 and revised in 2010|
|Urban Canopy Goal||Yes, supported by, but not mandated by, the city government|
|Quality of Urban Forest Compared to Others in Region||Better than normal, which means minor biotic damage and few invasive species, minimal anthropogenic disturbance, high water quality and good drainage|
|Tree Inventory||Yes, covering public and private land|
|Tree Species Diversity Plan||Yes|
|Tree Ordinances||Yes, for both public and private lands covering hazard, historic and other trees, plus a new zoning ordinance which includes tree protection sections|
|Comprehensive Greening Plans||Yes, including a Green Infrastructure Plan, Sustainability Plan and a city council-adopted Environment Focus Area plan, which oversees several ordinances (zoning ordinance, water quality ordinances, tree ordinance)|
|Types of Greening Initiatives||Protection of open spaces; natural resource restoration;urban forests as part of planning for runoff, erosion and/or flooding; green jobs training; active involvement of environmental stewardship groups; interactions with NGOs to further tree canopy goals|
|Park Acres per 1,000 People||25.36|
|Percentage of Land as Park||5.50|
|Quality of Civic Engagement||Good, with a citywide coordinated effort between nonprofits and neighborhood action, including a public-private initiative to plant trees on private property in areas/ neighborhoods that are lacking in tree canopy|
|Tree City USA*||Yes|
|Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement Signatory||Yes|
*Designation awarded by The Arbor Day Foundation to cities that have a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.