The City of Wilson’s Appearance Commission coordinates the activities of individuals, agencies and organizations, public and private, whose plans, activities and programs bear upon the appearance of the city.  Here are a few ongoing and completed projects from our dedicated group.

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Neighborhood Improvement Projects
  • Barton Round-a-Bout
  • Amtrak Train Station
  • Fall Clean-up Day
Tree Inventory Project

Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative (DCOI) at Duke University is supporting the City of Wilson’s efforts to plant and maintain trees through an innovative carbon offset model created by a partnership with North Carolina-based startup, Urban Offsets.

Urban Offsets matches schools with cities like Wilson, located 40-miles east of Raleigh, and provides them with services and software needed to scale local investments with proper monitoring and reporting. Duke students and faculty will also have access to the data gathered by Urban Offsets’ project in Wilson to integrate into research projects on community health and sustainability.

volunteers taking tree measurements for Urban Offsets, Wilson nc

With this program in place the City of Wilson has planted 50 trees – 20 Overcup Oak, 10 Maple Trees, 10 Pignut Hickory, 10 Tupelo – throughout Rest Haven Cemetery, Maplewood Cemetery, and the Educational Forest.  Wilson pledged to take care of these trees for four years.

In an effort to improve shade and air quality, expand wildlife habitat, and reduce stormwater and noise, cities have experimented with different approaches to tree programs. But, despite their many benefits, proper urban forestry has continued to provide only intangible benefits. Simply put, trees have been viewed as a drain on city budgets–until now. Wilson is the first city in the U.S. to generate carbon offsets from urban trees, and the first to transform those trees into financial assets.

You can read more about the Urban Offsets initiative in the Triad Business Journal.

Downtown Walking Tour: A Self-Guided Tree Exploration

This self-guided walking tour highlights a few notable Wilson trees. This tour can take 30 minutes with a leisurely pace as one enjoys the charm of Historic Downtown Wilson. There are many Vollis Simpson Whirligigs along its path so walkers can enjoy the lovely built and natural environment, friendly people, shopping and dining.

Tree tour map