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A stone bridge spanning a pond in Freedom Park

A map with turn-by-turn directions to the meeting spot on Acorn Forest Lane Tree by Tree Volunteer Event

When: Saturday, May 20, 2023, 10 a.m. - noon
Where: 4837 Acorn Forest Lane

Charlotte is known for its lush urban tree canopy that covers nearly 46% of the city. In fact, it's recognized as one of the best urban forests in the nation. To help protect and preserve Charlotte as the City of Trees, we are continuing our efforts to partner with the community to inventory trees. The next City of Charlotte Tree by Tree volunteer tree inventory will take place on May 20 from 10 a.m. to noon.

We need your help! We are looking for a group of volunteers to be part of a tree inventory program to maintain the vibrant forest that has crowned Charlotte the "City of Trees."

As a group of volunteers, you will walk through a neighborhood in north Charlotte and add trees to the Tree by Tree map. If you aren't sure what that means, visit Tree by Tree and watch the videos to learn more. Don't worry: the City of Charlotte Landscape Management's expert staff will be there to help on inventory day! 

Please wear study, comfortable shoes and bring sunscreen and a hat. Bottled water and snacks will be provided.

If you are passionate about our city's tree conservation, NOW is your chance to ensure our trees stay beautiful and thriving for future generations.

Space is limited, so RSVP today! A waiting list will be made available once slots are filled. Registration closes at 5 p.m. on May 18.

PARKING: Please refer to this map for detailed parking directions.

Important Information About Stump Grinding (Jan. 6, 2023)

Landscape Management manages trees located in the street rights-of-way. When tree maintenance is required, our first priority is to mitigate the risk a street tree may pose to the right-of-way and the community. This mitigation may involve pruning branches for tree health or public safety, or removing an unhealthy tree. When trees are removed a stump may remain in place to be ground at a later date. Because tree stumps pose a significantly lower risk to the right-of-way and the community, there may be a delay in their removal so we can prioritize other tree maintenance needs. Once the stump is ground, a large portion of the wood chips will be left in place where they can decay and turn into fertile soil. If the wood chips are removed, a depression in the soil may develop as the residual tree roots decay over time. The city does not provide seed and straw for the area where the stump was ground. If the site is suitable for a replacement tree to be planted, we typically wait at least one year after stump grinding before planting a new tree. 

An orange striped oakworm on a bare branch


 Cankerworms conquered


close up of a spotted lanternfly



Seeing black and orange caterpillars on your oaks?

Caterpillars seen in August and September are orange-striped oakworms. Their favorite meal is oak leaves. Will they harm your oaks? 

Be a citizen scientist!

Participate in the Great Cankerworm Count and help us track the cankerworm population. Just band your tree and report what you see throughout the winter. 

Know your insects!

Most insects don't pose a threat to trees, but there are exceptions. Learn about the bugs that can weaken or even kill trees and what you can do to protect them.