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, Central Piedmont Community College, the Sierra Club Central Piedmont Group, Trees Charlotte and our dedicated volunteers and financial supporters to plant trees in riparian areas (floodplain and stream buffers) of Mecklenburg County.
Registration for Creek ReLeaf 2021 is now closed. If you would like to participate next year please check back in January. We will open registration for next year’s events shortly after the first of the year. Thank you for your interest.
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 2020 we have planted 23,493 trees through Creek ReLeaf and some earlier predecessor programs. We have engaged volunteers in giving 14,122 hours of community service and have also educated 4,774 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.
- Video of Creek ReLeaf 2017
- Click here to see a gallery of our 2017 Creek ReLeaf
- Click here to see a gallery of our 2015 Creek ReLeaf
- Click here to read the Observer’s article about the 2010 event.
- Click here to read the Charlotte Observer’s article about the 2009 event.