Xcel Energy Day of Service on the Greenway
The volunteers planted 180 native trees, saved 60 native cottonwood trees from beavers, pulled invasive weeds and picked up trash to fill 120 trash bags. “The Wetland Park was transformed from a debris and weed mess to a vibrant park with new trees and a healthy habitat,” said Kate Kramer, Executive Director of the SCRGP.
Xcel Energy’s Day of Service honors the victims and first responders of 9/11 and Xcel organizes employees, families, and customers to band together to volunteer at nearly 60 different project sites across Colorado. “We are so lucky to receive the support and amazing energy of the Xcel volunteers,” said Kate Kramer, Executive Director of the Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership.
A long term partner of SCRG, Xcel Energy has invested in the SCRG for over ten years, bringing critical volunteer efforts and funding to restore the native habitat on the Greenway. The habitat restoration has included removing non-native trees like Russian olive trees and tamarisk, planting native trees, and providing healthy habitat for native birds and mammals.
In the floods of September 2013, many of the native trees were washed away and the 180 new trees are part of a long term effort to bring the Greenway back from the flood damage.
“With community partners like Xcel Energy, we are bringing the Greenway back to a vibrant area where neighbors can celebrate our local Wilderness in the City,” said Kate Kramer, Excective Director of the SCRGP, “and the volunteers were awesome!”