Preserving, protecting, and planting trees in Greater Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear region.

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How Do You Feel About the City of
Wilmington's Urban Forest?

The City of Wilmington and Davey Resource Group, Inc have begun development on the city's first

Urban Forest Master Plan. The plan will serve as a road map to proactively manage and grow the 

city's tree canopy and provide a shared vision for the future of the urban forest.

To share your thoughts on the importance of Wilmington's trees, please complete this short survey which is part of an initial outreach effort. The results of this survey will be used to guide development

of the Urban Forest Master Plan. The deadline for the survey is June 30th!

Tree Waterers Needed

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While the recent rainfall has been helpful, our area is almost 5 inches below normal. As a reminder, please water your young trees that you received from one of our tree distributions or that you may have been involved in planting.

If you are able to assist in watering or adopting newly planted trees in the Sunset Park and Northside communities and need more guidance, please email

How are Urban Forest Communities Recognized?


How does a community or Higher Education Campus gain

Tree City USA, Tree Line USA and Tree Campus Higher Education recognition? They have to meet their designated program requirements which are having an established tree care ordinance, a tree board or department, an annual community forestry budget and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

In 2021, Wilmington became a one of 80 Tree Cities and also one of seven communities to earn a Tree City USA Growth Award. The University of North Carolina at Wilmington gained recogintion as a Higher Education Tree Campus.

The Alliance for Cape Fear Trees protects, preserves, and plants trees for the health of the community and the environment.

Trees provide aesthetic value and cultural identity to the area and are essential in:

  • preserving local ecosystems

  • managing storm water

  • creating shade

  • reducing air pollution

  • providing physical and mental health benefits

Interested in being a part of the Alliance for Cape Fear Trees?

Meeting Information

The Board of Directors meets the first Thursday of each month at 3:30 pm at New Hanover County Cooperative Extension Service's Educational Classroom.


Our General Meetings are held three times a year. Notifications are sent through email.