Naples is known as the green jewel of southwest Florida because of its trees. Hurricane Irma caused a lot of damage to the city’s trees; almost two thousand trees were either destroyed, damaged, or had to be removed.
Now with a donation of $500,000 from The Blair Foundation, the city plans to replace the trees damaged from Irma.
The donation from this foundation has some conditions though. The City of Naples has to match the donation. The city has three years to raise the $500,000.
That makes the total amount to replace the lost trees $1 million. A million dollars sounds like a lot for some trees but depending on the species and size of the tree the cost of a new one ranges between $800 and $5,000. This price tag includes maintenance and a one-year warranty for the tree planted.
This isn't the first time the City of Naples is spending money on its trees. For two years the city has provided $300,000 per year for tree planting. After Hurricane Irma, city officials want to focus on replanting around the main roadways before they focusing on anything else.
The city does need your help. In order for the city to match the foundation's $500,000, it needs your help. They are accepting donations from everyone. If you want to help plant some trees you contact the community service department at 239-213-7120 and donate.