Tree Canopy Committee
Dilworth's tree canopy is aging and we are losing a great number of mature shade trees. Join us in our mission to preserve, protect, and plant trees in Dilworth.
Going... Going... Gone.
Our vision is to see the old and sickly trees replaced and encourage the planting of appropriate new trees so that future Dilworth generations will enjoy the benefits and beauty of a healthy and vibrant tree canopy.
Dilworth Trees Need Your Help!
1 week Fundraiser to plant trees in Dilworth this planting season.
*Deadline is Dec. 10th*
Dilworth’s tree-lined streets are something that we may take for granted...
We’ve lost many trees and more will come down soon due to age, disease, and urban development. The City will replace some of the street trees (see FAQs below), but it’s not enough.
With YOUR help, we can supplement what the City plants.
One Street Tree costs about $600
(tree and transportation, hole prep, planting, and watering for 1 year).
to plant approximately 35 additional street trees this winter.
Make checks payable to "DCA" and mail to: DCA c/o Lewis, 830 E Park Ave., Charlotte, NC 28203
Paypal: Venmo: please scan this QR code
The deadline for contributing to this winter’s planting is December 10th
100% of proceeds from this fundraiser go to planting trees in Dilworth.
What trees are we talking about? 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.
Why will it cost about $600 per tree? The cost comes from the tree purchase itself, then there is cost of freight to bring the tree to Charlotte to the planting contractor who we have to hire. Included in the contractor’s cost to plant the tree is storing and conveying the tree to the planting site, digging the hole, planting the tree, and watering the tree for 1 year.
What kinds of trees will be planted? The City Arborist will select the trees based on the 2011 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 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, the larger maturing trees will be used.
Is winter a good time to plant trees? In a word, yes. 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.
What if contributions for this fundraising are received after December 10th? It is the goal to be able to plant additional trees next year (winter 2021) as well, and we will hold the funds to jump start next years 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 and keep up with the reporting requirements.
GOING FORWARD: The Dilworth Community Association, with its Tree Canopy Committee, is working on short-term and long-term plans and actions to protect, preserve, and replant Dilworth’s tree canopy. We welcome your involvement and will communicate with you on our plans and progress to keep you informed. But we need your support, too, and that support is also financial. Please consider helping us with this first step by contributing today, and help Dilworth begin to rebuild our tree canopy.
Priorities & Objectives
Educate and Communicate on Tree-related issues
Plant More Trees
Update the Dilworth Street Trees Master Plan
Additional Objectives & Concerns:
tree trimming by the utilities and their contractors
government liaison and advocacy
working together with nearby neighborhood associations to achieve greater tree preservation and protection.
For more information contact Liz Lewis
You Can Make a Difference!
There’s a lot to do!
Whether you can devote a couple of hours a year, 60 minutes a month, or want to be on a Tree Advocate On-Call List, get involved in Dilworth’s tree related efforts.
Email email@example.com and let us know what areas interest you.