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It's been called Charlotte's most recognizable asset - the tree canopy.
This weekend, the tree canopy will expand as a result of a collaborative tree-planting event.
On Saturday, March 2, TreesCharlotte, in partnership with the City of Charlotte and the Applegate Homeowners Association, will plant about 200 trees with volunteers in the Applegate Community located on Charlotte's east side.
Catawba Lands Conservancy is managing the event.
"This is a fantastic project for our community " said Syreeta Kitchen-Dukes, Applegate's HOA president. "The effort not only adds to the beauty of our neighborhood and environment, but the project has helped unify our community. This is a fun and very worthwhile initiative."
The event is from 9 am to 1 pm, will start with remarks and end with a lunch and celebration.
The effort , part of a comprehensive TreesCharlotte initiative called NeighborWoods, is one of several community tree planting events occurring this season across Charlotte.
TreesCharlotte's NeighborWoods program is managed by Catawba Lands Conservancy in partnership with the City of Charlotte, with the ultimate goal of planting more than 4,000 trees each year in neighborhoods across the City.
TreesCharlotte also supports reforestation efforts along streams and natural areas.
"We are pleased to be partnering with TreesCharlotte in the Applegate Community," said Julie Burch, Assistant City Manager. "Our goal of increasing Charlotte's tree canopy to 50% by 2050 becomes more attainable through these collaborative efforts."
This planting effort will nearly double the Applegate community canopy, from 13% to 20%, with the maturing of the trees planted.
Trees will be planted by volunteers from the Applegate community, as well as several Girl Scout and Boy Scout Troops and schools from the area.