The City of Wilmington was one of only two NC cities selected by the North Carolina Forest Service to participate in a federal study to look at how urban trees can be used to improve the quality of our local waterways.
Trees not only help prevent erosion and cool the city, especially where there is a lot of asphalt, they also help slow the flow of rainwater during storms and absorb a lot of that rainwater. This helps keep the stormwater system from overflowing untreated runoff into our local waterways.
This project will help Wilmington map, evaluate, protect and increase its urban forest, including recommendations on related land use and stormwater regulations. On July 26, 2017 the city held a public input meeting to provide an overview of the grant project and get input from citizens. In November 2017, findings were presented to City Council. Findings and the final report were presented to City Council again on Feb. 4, 2019.
The city developed a survey for citizen input. The city's partner in the study, Green Infrastructure Center (GIC), received input from citizens on:
- perception of current city tree coverage;
- specific locations in Wilmington that need more trees;
- tree-related practices led by citizens or local government that could be implemented but are not currently in place.
- Presentation from July 26 public input meeting
- Maps showing Wilmington's tree canopy
- Tree canopy by street
- Tree canopy by planning area
- Tree benefits