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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.

  Executive Director
Dan Camacho

Board of Directors


Connie Parker


Laura McCabe

Secretary and Member of Outreach, Events & Education Committee 

Sherry O'Daniell


Donna Hurdle, Ph.D.


Board Members

John Anagnost- Co Vice-Chair Outreach Education & Development Committee
Mary Bradley- Personnel Committee
Henry Campbell- Co Vice-Chair Outreach, Education & Development Committee
Gareth Evans- Vice-Chair Nominating Committee
Sonja Green- Outreach, Education & Development Committee
Margee Herring- Chair Public Relations
Bill Jayne- Chair Nominating Committee
Everette Jones- Development Committee
Michael Murchison- 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 

Tom Boland- Wilmington Tree Commission

Dru Harrison- NHC Soil and Water

Haley Hopkins- City of Wilmington Planning

Dylan McDonnell- NHC Planning

Andy McGlinn- Plastic Ocean Project

Janine Powell- NHC Parks and Gardens

Amy Schlag-City of Wilm. Equity & Inclusion Specialist

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

Burrows Smith- Developer

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