Edenton, NC, USA


The Town of Edenton is a coastal gem of North Carolina, known for its beloved trolley tours, rich southern history, and iconic Roanoke River Lighthouse. Located within Chowan County, Edenton is approximately 5.5 square miles, or 3,519 acres, in size. The canopy cover in Edenton is a valuable asset providing residents and visitors with many environmental, social, and economic benefits. This assessment mapped tree canopy cover, possible planting area (PPA), and tree canopy change from 2014 to 2020 and analyzed how they are distributed throughout Edenton’s town boundary, right-of-way (ROW), zoning, and census block groups.



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In 2020, Edenton had 30% tree canopy cover and 35% possible planting area, not including any surface water bodies within the town. Edenton’s total land cover contained 29% tree canopy, 40% non-canopy vegetation; 5% soil/dry vegetation; 21% impervious surfaces, and 5% water. The 1,020 acres of tree canopy in Edenton provide ecosystem benefits valued at over $464,000 per year through air quality improvements, stormwater runoff prevention, and carbon sequestration. Results from this assessment found that canopy cover changed from 29% to 30% from 2014 to 2020 (+1% or 46 acres) using the current town boundary. The Industrial-zoned areas contained 30% of Edenton’s total canopy cover and 20% of all PPA in the Town). 



This assessment produced a wealth of information that can be used by the Town to set a community-wide tree canopy cover goal. The information were also provided within several subdivisions of the town that will allow for setting goals and targeting priority areas for specific regions of the community based on existing tree canopy cover, available planting space, sociodemographics, and nature accessibility.


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NatureScore by census block groups Edenton
Tree Canopy change by zoning in edenton north carolina

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Edenton Tree Canopy Assessment Insights


Urban Tree Canopy Cover


Possible Planting Area


Impervious Surface