Tree Citizen Advisory Panel

Plant the Peak

The application limit has been met for 2023. We are no longer accepting applications for the Plant the Peak program.

The Town of Apex is a designated Tree City USA community. Plant the Peak is a program designed to increase our overall tree canopy by providing professional installation of native trees on residential single family properties within Apex’s corporate limits, at no cost to the owner or tenant of the property. 

The program provides 100% of the cost of one tree purchase and installation, per property. Plant the Peak applications will be accepted starting September 1st of each year, and completed applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. In 2022, 125 trees were planted through this program.

For 2023, the program will accept 150 applications. We estimate that 100 trees can be planted through the program this year. The additional 50 applications will serve as a waitlist if any properties within the first 100 are unable to accommodate adding a tree.

Tree CAP Mission Statement

The Tree Citizen Advisory Panel (TreeCAP) is a group of appointed citizens who represent the voice of the citizen as it relates to tree programs, management and regulations. They provide guidance and feedback to the Environmental Committee, meeting Tree City USA standards, and help plan and guide Arbor Day and other tree planting events.


TreeCAP meets the first Thursday of each month at the Electric Utility Department located at 2850 Milano Avenue.

Any tree program, management & regulation related concerns please attend one of the monthly meetings.


There are 5 members, appointed for 1-year terms. Appointments may be renewed up to six consecutive years. All members must reside within either the Apex Town Limits or the Apex ETJ.

If you’re interested in serving on the Tree CAP, please complete this interest form. You will be contacted when a vacancy occurs.

There are no officers in the panel. Membership consists of:

  • (1) tree/shrub expert or arborist (by trade or education)
  • (1) landscape / flora expert (by trade or education)
  • (1) developer / builder (any use type)
  • (2) generally interested citizens

Current Members

  • Anne Gary
  • Christian Shepard
  • Mary Miskimon
  • Steven Mikes
  • Vacant

Tree Canopy Study

In 2023, the Town of Apex, along with other area municipalities, partnered with Wake County and their consultant to analyze existing land cover and tree cover conditions within Wake County. Town of Apex staff provided input and assistance throughout the study process and were instrumental in shaping the final document. One goal of this study was to identify potential opportunities for tree cover restoration, with a focus on equity for vulnerable communities. Findings were provided for each municipality within Wake County.

Arbor Day Tree Plantings 

  • 2023 - Apex Town Hall Campus
  • 2022 - Hunter Street Park
  • 2021 - Clairmont Park
  • 2020 - Seagroves Farm Park
  • 2019 - Hunter Street Park
  • 2018 - Salem Pond Park
  • 2017 - Apex Town Hall Campus
  • 2016 - Apex Community Park

We look forward to seeing each of these plantings grow into mature trees that will provide natural beauty and shade for those who visit our parks and other facilities.