Note: on the below, any donations should be clearly earmarked for a specific location, e.g. Coquina Sands, otherwise, the contributions will go to the general fund.
NAPLES STILL NEEDS TREES AND YOU CAN HELP!
Naples is graced with a beautiful and diverse population of trees. More than 20,773 trees of 148 different species grace our parks, public spaces, and City streets.
The City of Naples has long been known as the “Green Jewel” of Southwest Florida. The City has received the “Tree City USA” designation by the National Arbor Day Foundation for 23 years! The lush canopy of trees and tropical palms that line Naples’ streets and parks are valued by its residents and enhance our community’s quality of life.
When Hurricane Irma struck Naples in September 2017, nearly 2,000 trees were lost. Since the hurricane, nearly 1,000 trees have been planted throughout the city. Yet, even with increased funding and support from City Council, there are not sufficient funds to replace all the lost trees.
Thanks to the generosity of the Blair Foundation, Naples has an exceptional opportunity to replace more trees. The Blair Foundation Tree Challenge will match dollar for dollar, up to $500,000 for a total of $1,000,000, donations for trees planted in the City. Your gift will be used for trees within public spaces on your neighborhood street, along main roadways or in City parks. Due to the generosity of many, the Tree Challenge has currently raised $146,388, to be matched by the Blair Foundation.
The Tree Challenge ends 12/31/2021 and we need your help! Please consider making a gift of any amount to the Blair Foundation Tree Challenge by contacting the Naples Community Services Department at 239-213-7120 or visit us online at https://www.naplesgov.com/parksrec.
Time is running out on this excellent opportunity and generous offer from the Blair Foundation. Will you help our community maintain its “Tree City USA” designation?
Thank you for your consideration,
The City of Naples Community Services Advisory Board
Anne Russell Foster – Chair
Joanne Jeffreys – Vice Chair
THE BLAIR FOUNDATION TREE CHALLENGE