“This is good news for our city and good news for our future,” Ringland said, and pointed to a grouping of 20-foot-tall trees nearby that the organization planted 15 years ago. “It takes a few years to really see the results, but the results will be phenomenal.”

The organization’s mission is to try to bring more trees back to Cape Coral.

“In the 1960’s and ’70s Cape Coral, Florida, was cleared of most of the natural tree canopy for the development of residential lots,” the group’s mission statement says. “The process of digging canals to raise the average elevation disrupted the area’s natural foundation and soil. Our mission is to rebuild the forest canopy and in the process clean the air, water and make a great home for other native plants and animals.”

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