Skyline Self Storage of Cape Coral, Fla., is working toward a greener planet by donating trees to Future Forestry Corp. (FFC), which will plant hundreds of seedlings this summer. The storage operator has thus far provided the organization with 800 slash pines. FFC and community volunteers planted 200 of the trees near the northeast corner of Chiquita Boulevard and Veterans Parkway on Saturday. The group previously planted cypress and oak seedlings in the area, according to the source.
“This is good news for our city and good news for our future,” said FFC Founder and President Russ Ringland. “It takes a few years to really see the results, but the results will be phenomenal.”
The city’s natural tree canopy was cleared in the 1960s and 70s for residential development. Slash pine trees are a good fit because they don’t require pruning and can be planted closely. The pine needles that drop also inhibit grass growth, Ringland said.
The rest of the pine seedlings will be planted over the next several Saturdays. “We plant during the rainy season because we plant so many trees that we could not keep up with watering all of them on a regular basis,” Ringland said.
Skyline, located at 824 S.W. 42nd Terrace, is open daily. If offers climate-controlled and drive-up storage, online billpay, video surveillance, a tenant-protection program, and moving and packing supplies.
Launched in 2004, FFC has a mission “to rebuild the forest canopy and in the process clean the air, water and make a great home for other native plants and animals.”