Save Asheville Trees

We did it!

On Tuesday, September 8th 2020, Asheville City Council unanimously approved an Amendment for a Tree Canopy Protection Ordinance. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Asheville's tree-advocates, we are one-stop closer to protecting our city's dwindling tree canopy. But our work is far from over! Each year we continue to lose acres of Asheville trees while new plantings fail to keep pace with development and disease.

Why City Council unanimously approved the Tree Canopy Protection Ordinance:

Asheville is rapidly losing its trees.

A 2019 Urban Tree Canopy study found that between 2008 and 2018, Asheville lost 891 acres of trees - 675 football fields worth of trees and over 6% of our tree canopy.

This massive loss of trees continues, making our city hotter, more polluted, and leading to flooding and loss of habitat for wildlife. Tree loss is also concentrated in areas of the city with historically disadvantaged communities, worsening our city's structural and environmental injustice.

Asheville's trees provide so many important benefits to our community, including clean air and water, lower energy bills, flood prevention, and improves the health and well-being of our community.

A single tree in Asheville can absorb up to 330 pounds of carbon dioxide - making trees a critical part of Asheville's climate change strategy. Tree loss has been particularly great in historically-underserved neighborhoods in Asheville, including the South Slope making them more vulnerable to heat and health issues.

City Council declared a 'Climate Emergency' in January this year, noting the threat that global warming and climate change pose to our city and the global community.

Asheville Residents Overwhelmingly Support Tree Protection!

Over 200 Asheville residents reached out to City Council via our letter campaign to call on them to vote YES for a Tree Canopy Protection Ordinance and the measure has strong support among Council.

A map of tree loss in Asheville - Yellow areas are parcels with net loss from 2008 to 2018. View full size .