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Trees are important beyond their beauty. They significantly enhance the health and the quality of life of people living nearby. They are also an essential part of the City's "green infrastructure." Trees are important for managing stormwater runoff, preventing flooding, mitigating hotter temperatures in urban areas, and reducing pollution.

It costs between $250 and $300 to plant and maintain a tree during the critical first couple of   years as it establishes itself. However, over its lifetime, a tree returns many times that value. Trees are a good investment!

In its brief 8 year history, the ACFT has directly planted 1,200 trees, helped plant another 1,800 (that’s 3,000 total) and has distributed nearly 13,000 trees.

2-for-1 Year-end Challenge Match!

We made it! We reached our $15,000 goal!

Thanks to everyone who contributed!

We're looking forward to tree-mendous 2024!


Ways to donate:

  • Online through Neon

  • Paypal & Venmo

  • By Mail: please make your check out to "Alliance for Cape Fear Trees" and mail to 7 Beauregard Dr., Suite 2, Wilmington NC 28412 (please write "donation" in the memo line)

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A gift in your will or living trust is a simple way to ensure our work continues in the future.  No matter the amount your gift will support the health of our urban forest for generations to come.  See our simple Bequest Form to let us know your intentions and to recognize your generosity.

A map of tree cover is often a map of income and race and health outcomes. The inequitable distribution of trees exacerbates social inequities.


The most imminent concern to Wilmington is the “urban heat island” effect and its devastating health consequences. Wilmington’s subtropical climate - characterized by hot, humid summers and mild winters - makes its disadvantaged neighborhoods with low canopy coverage especially susceptible. For every 1℉ increase during a heat wave, there is a 2.5% increase in mortality. Wilmington is likely to see 10 more days above 95 °F (extreme heat days) per year by 2045 and at least 16 additional warm nights, where the minimum temperature does not fall below 75 °F, per year. In July, the National Weather Service said that so far, 2023 is the hottest year on record in Wilmington. 


Expansion of tree canopy is essential for reducing urban heat island effect. Trees reduce peak surface temperatures by 20–45 ºF.


Of course, trees also boost health by lowering blood pressure and stress, improving mental well-being, reducing conditions that worsen respiratory problems like asthma, and improving immunity and mental focus (even ADHD).


Trees enhance neighborhoods by strengthening ties between neighbors, encouraging outdoor play, reducing crime, and providing a sense of safety. A 10% increase in canopy cover has been correlated with a 12-15% reduction in violence and property crimes.

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