As you’ve probably heard, this year’s TCI EXPO will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, also known as the “Queen City.” Charlotte offers plenty to do in the form of traditional recreation and tourism – but did you know that the city boasts a beautiful tree canopy?
According to a “tree inventory” taken by American Forests, the oldest nonprofit tree conservancy in the country, Charlotte has 215 species of trees, 180,000 street trees, and an urban canopy that shades 46 percent of the city. American Forests has even named Charlotte one of the 10 best cities for urban forests, making it an intriguing place for arborists to explore while attending TCI EXPO 2013.
Charlotte residents are quite proud of their tree canopy as well; an insightful column by Virginia Brown in Charlotte Magazine waxes eloquent about how Charlotte trees “give the city its soul.”
"Trees are the life of the Charlotte party,” Brown writes. “One of the first things out-of-towners notice about the city is how green it is—how many trees we have. When our families and friends visit, we can’t wait to show off Queens Road West and tunnel through its cathedral canopy."
Numerous tree-related events and activism can be found throughout Charlotte; the Charlotte Arborists Association sponsors a tree climbing competition in Freedom Park every year, and TreesCharlotte aims to increase the frequency of Charlotte trees on private property through a partnership with the NeighborWoods project and other activism events.