Volunteers plant hundreds of trees to increase city's canopy

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte is known as the city of trees.
However, many old trees need maintenance and succumb to storms.
Some parts of the Queen city have more trees than others.
That's why the city initiated a Tree Canopy Plan.
TreesCharlotte is a collaborative community partnership formed under the umbrella of the foundation for the Carolinas.
Phase One was completed last year.
Phase Two began Sunday in Peachtree Hills.
Volunteers, young and old, planted hundreds of trees in a park and along neighborhood streets.
In addition, the City's Landscape Management Division plans to install 280 neighborhood street trees.
Experts say the canopy of trees will help increase property values and also help clean the air.
Charlotte's goal is to have a 50-percent tree canopy by 2050.