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Nonprofit to plant 71 trees along Wilmington southside streets

trees on racine drive (Port City Daily photo/Alexandria Sands)
Volunteers are needed to help the Alliance of Cape Fear Trees plant trees along streets of Wilmington’s southside. (Port City Daily/file)

WILMINGTON — A local nonprofit is planting trees this weekend with the assistance of grant fudning.

The Alliance for Cape Fear Trees will plant 71 trees throughout Wilmington’s southside at 9 a.m. Dec. 2. Volunteers will gather at St. Andrew AME Zion Church, 1201 S. Ninth St., and teams will be dispatched to nearby streets.

Funding for the trees is covered by a grant from the Arbor Day Foundation and Truist Financial.

“The benefits of trees go well beyond beauty. A healthy tree canopy provides shade and cools the city, absorbs carbon and pollutants, improves mental health, and mitigates stormwater runoff and erosion keeping our waterways clean,” Alliance for Cape Fear Trees executive director Dan Camacho said in a press release. “Our city’s green infrastructure contributes in countless ways to our health and overall quality of life, and these benefits should be available to all citizens.”

Volunteers are needed to pass out flyers to new tree owners, plant trees and collect trash; they can register for Saturday’s event here.

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