Creek ReLeaf – The Flagship Event
What is Creek ReLeaf®?
The Creek ReLeaf Program is a collaborative effort of the Charlotte Public Tree Fund, Charlotte Mecklenburg Storm water Services, the Center for Sustainability at Central Piedmont Community College, the Sierra Club Central Piedmont Group, and our dedicated volunteers and financial supporters to plant trees in riparian areas (floodplain and stream buffers) of Mecklenburg County and the surrounding region.
Registration is closed for our 2017 Creek ReLeaf. Please visit our event page for more details about our 2017 event. Registration will open for our 2018 Creek ReLeaf in January 2018. If you have any questions, you can contact us here.
What We Do
Leveraging contributions from our donors, members and partners, we purchase trees and organize volunteer tree planting events at select sites throughout the Mecklenburg County area. The sites are specifically selected to improve air and water quality, tree canopy, and wildlife habitat. Our volunteers make this possible by planting seedlings and installing weed mats, tree tubes and fiberglass stakes which protect each new tree from weed growth, flooding and deer browsing.
Through year end 2014 we have planted 20,000 Creek ReLeaf trees and engaged volunteers in giving 10,500 hours of community service. We have also educated 3,500 volunteers on the value of trees to improve air quality, water quality and habitat. Our reforestation efforts thus far have resulted in large scale tree plantings along Irwin Creek, Stewart Creek, Briar Creek, McDowell Creek, Little Sugar Creek, the Rocky River and in several public parks and along greenways.
- Click here to read the Charlotte Observer’s article about the 2009 event.
- Click here to read the Observer’s article about the 2010 event.
- Click here to see a gallery of our 2015 Creek ReLeaf or you can see more pictures of our previous Creek ReLeaf events on Facebook.