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  • How will the money be used? 100% of proceeds from this fundraiser go to planting shade trees and preserving our mature trees - 80 percent of the funding will support tree planting in Dilworth and 20 percent will support equity by working with a partner nonprofit to help sponsor trees in a nearby less economically advantaged Charlotte neighborhood. Last year we worked with TreesCharlotte and helped fund tree care and supported tree planting in the Revolution Park neighborhood.

  • What trees are we talking about in Dilworth? Street trees. These are the trees in the planting strip between sidewalks and the street and they are managed by the city of Charlotte. City arborists are charged with monitoring these trees - including trimming the trees, removing diseased/damaged trees, and selecting and planting new ones. 

  • Where will these supplemental trees be planted? In locations throughout Dilworth as determined by the City Arborist. The sites selected will be places where street trees have been removed in excess of one year ago or where no street tree has been in a while/ever.

  • What kinds of trees will be planted? The City Arborist will select the trees based on the Dilworth Master Street Tree Plan and tree availability. The Tree Canopy Committee is working with the City to make sure that wherever possible large shade trees can be planted. 

  • Why will some of the trees planted be large shade trees and others be smaller ornamental trees? Power lines above areas to be planted with a new tree necessitate smaller trees. Whenever possible, if there are no power or streetlight lines above an area, larger maturing trees will be used.

  • When will the trees be planted? This winter, likely January and February of 2022. The City Arborist says that trees can be planted, if watered diligently for the next year, from October through March, making winter a solid time to plant.

 

  • How much do trees cost? Trees cost a total of about $670 per tree. The cost has increased from prior years. Why so high? First we have to purchase the trees (we use trees grown in Morganton, as approved by the City of Charlotte), add to that the cost of freight to bring the trees to Charlotte. Then we have to hire a City-approved planting contractor who conveys the trees to the planting sites, dig the holes, plant the trees, and waters them for 1 year. Also included is a one year tree guarantee.

 

  • What are the fundraiser specifics? The fundraising campaign begins November 8th and ends December 5th. Our goal is to raise $25,000 in 2021. Every contribution matters!

  • Will my donation be recognized? People who donate $700 or more to the Tree fundraiser this year will get special recognition in the form of a Gift Tag placed on a newly planted tree during next year's fundraising season.  We will reach out to you to determine your details (in memoriam, donor name, etc.) after the end of this year's fundraiser.

  • What if contributions for this fundraising are received after December 5th? It is the goal to be able to plant additional trees next year (winter 2022) as well, and we will hold the funds to jump start next year’s effort.

  • Is my contribution tax deductible? No. The all-volunteer DCA, while a nonprofit, does not have the administration needed to do the tax filings or to keep up with the reporting requirements.