First Lady assists Retree Initiative

First Lady Sally Ganem is in Scottsbluff and Gering today to help with a number of tree planting projects in her role as the honorary chairman for Retree Nebraska.

Ganem started her day at Western Nebraska Community College helping plant trees around the college soccer field, then assisted in planting a number of trees as part of a natural scape playground at the Scottsbluff Head Start, and will finish her day planting trees at Northfield elementary in Gering.

Ganem told the Head Start youngsters trees should be an important part of their lives.

The Nebraska Retree Initiative is promoting the planting of trees at one of the most favorable times of the year, in the fall, and also involves planting 1,000 trees to help 80 projects over the next month around the state. The trees being planted are provided through funding from the Nebraska Environmental Trust.

A number of people and organizations are assisting in the tree plantings, including Community Forestry Specialist Amy Seiler with the Nebraska Forest Service, Nebraska ReTree Director Jessica Kelling and on the Head Start project CAPWN, Dick Meyer Landscaping, Annie Folck with the city of Scottsbluff, Dan Marshall, and U.S. Bank.

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