top of page

About Us

The Alliance for Cape Fear Trees (ACFT) is a non-profit founded in December 2015 by members of the Wilmington Tree Commission to address the needs of the community and urban forestry in the Greater Wilmington and lower Cape Fear region.


ACFT focuses on education, advocacy, preservation, and new tree plantings.


The ACFT is run by volunteers and has an active core of around twenty volunteer experts in trees and advisory services relating to the nurture, protection, and regulation of the urban forest. Through our volunteers, the work of the ACFT is made possible.

Our mission is to preserve, protect, and plant trees in the Greater Wilmington area to enhance the quality of life and health for present and future generations.

Board of Directors


Connie Parker                                  President 


Laura McCabe                                  Secretary and Member of Development, Outreach,  Education & Events Committees                                                      

Sherry O'Daniell 

 Vice-President and Co-Chair of Development Committee 


Donna Hurdle, PhD                                Treasurer and Chair of Finance  Committee                     

Board Members

John Anagnost: Co Vice-Chair Outreach, Education & Events Committee                                              

Mary Bradley: Development Committee

Henry Campbell: Co Vice-Chair Outreach, Education & Events Committee


Beth Carter: Trees Forever Committee

Gareth Evans: Vice-Chair Nominating Committee


Sonja Green: Outreach, Education & Events Committee


Margee Herring: Chair Public Relations Committee


Bill Jayne: Chair Nominating Committee


Everette Jones: Development Committee


Wil Massengill: Development Committee


Caylan McKay: Finance Committee


Dan Schmidt: Chair Outreach, Education & Events Committee

Joshua Shields: Development Committee


Non-Voting Board Members

Dr. Martin Meyerson                             

  Jim Gregory, PhD

Ex-Officio Board Members

Jesica Blake- Coastal Land Trust 

Travis Corpening- NHC Equity and Diversity      

Craig Harris- City of Wilmington Planning

Dru Harrison- NHC Soil and Water

Dylan McDonnell- NHC Planning

Andy McGlinn- Plastic Ocean Project

Janine Powell- NHC Parks and Gardens                                    

Lloyd Singleton- N.C. Cooperative Extension - NHC Center and Arboretum  

Burrows Smith- Developer

bottom of page