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 for present and future generations.

Board of Directors


Connie Parker


Sherry O'Daniell

Vice-President and Co-Chair

of Development Committee

Linda Moore

Secretary and Chair of

of Personnel Committee

Board Members

John Anagnost, M.D.
Outreach, Education and Events Committee

Beth Carter
Chair of Trees Forever Committee

Gareth Evans 

Chair of Nominating Committee

James D. Gregory, Ph.D
Vice- Chair of Outreach, Education and Events Committee

Sonja Green
Outreach, Education and Events Committee

Margee Herring
Chair of Public Relations Committee

Virginia Holman
Outreach, Education and Events Committee

Donna Hurdle, Ph.D
Development Committee

Bill Jayne
Vice-Chair of Nominating Committee

Paul Lawler
Chair of Finance Committee

Wil Massengill
Outreach, Education and Events Committee

Laura McCabe
Development and Outreach,

Education and Events Committees

Ed McCarty
Co- Chair of Development Committee

Caylan McKay
Acting Treasurer

Dan Schmidt
Chair of Outreach, Education

and Events Committee

Joshua Shields
Outreach, Education and Events Committee

Martin Meyerson, M.D.
Senior Advisor (non-voting member)

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 & Gardens

Lloyd Singleton

NHC Extension Center

Burrows Smith