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With one of the best tree canopies in the US, the city of Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina and 16th largest in the US. Charlotte is proud to be one of the top ten cities for wildlife as noted by the National Wildlife Federation. As the second largest financial center in the United States, it is a diverse community of people from every corner of the world. The city is just three hours from the Atlantic and two hours from some of the oldest mountains on the planet - the Blue Ridge Mountains. While hosting 325 of the Fortune 500 companies, Charlotte has abundant green spaces, including over 256 miles of trails, 17,000 acres of parks, 21 nature preserves and nearly 40 miles of greenways offering a host of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, and observing flora and fauna. There's even a public campground in a 1,132 acre nature preserve. Charlotte has many areas of protected lands as part of the Central Carolinas Biodiversity Trail including rare Piedmont prairies and important wetlands. Charlotte demonstrates a working balance between economic development and preserving natural and quality green space for wildlife as well as expanding tree canopy. CROWN, the Charlotte Chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation certified the city in 2015, and offers free nature related community programs and events throughout the year. CROWN’s webpage is one of the city’s top go-to resources for local and regional environmental information. Currently, the city has over 1,200 certified wildlife habitats. Visit our website:

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Community Spotlight

Charlotte's Mayor takes the Monarch Pledge!

Charlotte is proud to support NWF and the Mayor's Monarch Pledge.

The Chantilly Ecological Sanctuary

Twentyfour acres in near uptown Charlotte have been transformed into a natural and beneficial urban floodplain. Project includes: restoring the channels three area creeks into an enhanced and thriving ecosystem for aquatic life and area wildlife.

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Charlotte Sustainability Summit 2019

Summit organizers invited CROWN to lead a session during this regional event. We hosted a panel session to discuss how sustainability concepts include nature.

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