Cary's Champion and Notable Trees

Objective #4

In 1992, the government of Wake County established the Capital Trees Program in order to recognize and record the largest, rarest, oldest and prettiest trees of various species. In 2006, administration of the program was transferred to the Triangle J Council of Governments' Regional Appearance Committee. In 2012, the program was discontinued due to lack of funding.

The Town of Cary had 21 trees within its boundaries listed in the program at its demise in 2012. In March of 2017, some of those trees remain standing. The rest have been cut down because they stood in the way of development.

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One of the goals of our campaign is to have the Town of Cary establish its own champion- and notable-tree list that is not dependent on an outside agency. The town has been the recipient of the Tree City USA award from the Arbor Day Foundation for the last 34 consecutive years. Many magnificent trees remain standing in Cary. Most importantly, many tree lovers live here, and would like to see these trees celebrated.

We have created, with the kind assistance of Western Native Tree Society and the Alaska State Register of Big Trees, a completed and fully-operational website to be turned over, at no cost and with no conditions attached to the gift, to either to the Town of Cary or an independent civic-minded group, to catalogue the champion and notable trees of the town. The site has virtues which neither the national nor the states websites have: It doesn't require use of a database, has the virtue of universal searching, and can be updated and maintained by persons with minimal knowledge of HTML, CSS, and javascript. It also has the capability of allowing an unlimited number of images to be included with the trees listed

The URL of the website is

An Inspiring Treat for the Young and a Refresher for the Young at Heart !

The Man Who Planted Trees (French title L'homme qui Plantait des Arbres) is an allegorical tale by French author Jean Giono, published in 1953. It tells the story of one shepherd's long and successful singlehanded effort to re-forest a desolate valley in the foothills of the Alps in Provence throughout the first half of the 20th century. The tale is short — only about 4,000 words. It was written in French but first published in English. The book was adapted as an animated short by Frédéric Back and released in 1987. It earned a number of awards including the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

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Objective #1

That the Town of Cary establish an office whose head reports directly to the Town Manager, dedicated solely to addressing environmental issues. The office will consist of two parts. One part will be a Skunk Works, a group given a high degree of autonomy and charged with devising ways that the Town can move rapidly towards sustainability. The second will be an inspection unit charged with ensuring compliance with sustainability measures undertaken by the Town.

Objective #2

That the Town of Cary establish within its limits a combination botanical garden, arboretum, and tree nursery.

Objective #3

That within the next decade, the Town of Cary properly plant one million additional trees within its borders and nurture them correctly.

Objective #4

That the Town of Cary adopt a long-lived and beautiful noble hardwood tree as its Official Tree.

Objective #5

That the Town of Cary re-start the now-defunct Wake County Champion and Notable Tree List, and that it be administered by volunteers using a donated program and server space.