BEATRICE – A local environmental group, working with the Beatrice Public Properties Department has had considerable success this past year finding monetary assistance to plant trees.
Keep Beatrice Beautiful has received three grants totaling $20,000, to plant or replace trees in the community, often competing against cities across the U.S. much larger than Beatrice.
The Keep America Beautiful Affiliate this year received a $10,000 KAB-Anheuser Busch Community Restoration grant to replant, restore and repair trees in Riverside Park that were damaged or knocked down in a severe storm system last June 16th. The storm packed straight-line winds of over 100-miles-per-hour.
Keep Beatrice Beautiful Administrator Linda Grell says over 130 trees have been planted this year through the Beatrice Public Properties Department, which selects the species and helps volunteers with the planting.
Two other grants were received by the local KAB chapter, including a $5,000 allocation to add trees and shrubs along two miles of the Chief Standing Bear Trail within Beatrice.
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A third grant, for $5,000, was awarded to Keep Beatrice Beautiful in the KAB-United Parcel Service program which handed out 21 grants, nationwide.
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Monday night, Grell provided information about the tree planting work to the Beatrice Mayor and City Council.
Mayor Stan Wirth also issued a proclamation on behalf of the local environmental group, which designates November 15th as “America Recycles Day” in Beatrice. An all-metals recycling collection at the Sanitary Garbage Company Recycling Center is in progress. It began November 1st and will continue through November 18th.