Community volunteers were busy Thursday morning in downtown Scottsbluff planting flowers and shrubs in the new bulb-out areas along Broadway.
Nebraska Forest Service Community Forester Amy Seiler told KNEB News they were putting in plants that are mostly native to Nebraska or the region.
She says the reason they use these plants is because they are great at capturing toxins and particulates and are really deep rooted.
Seiler says the beds are intended to be rain garden beds, so they’re going to capture and clean the water before it goes down into the ground.
The effort wouldn’t have been possible without the participation of so many volunteers from the community, and Seiler pointed out that around 75 people had signed up to volunteer for the plantings. She says it goes to show that people value what is going on downtown. Not just in adding beauty, but also in being more friendly to the environment.
Planting in the bulb-outs will be going on both Thursday and Friday, with Mayor Randy Meininger reading the Arbor Day Proclamation at 12:30 p.m. Friday afternoon at the 18th Street Plaza and a Post Planting Party at 3 p.m.