Apr 27, 2013 10:11 PM by Annie Snead

Volunteers help spruce up Mountain Shadows neighborhood

The Mountain Shadows area continues to recover from last summer's Waldo Canyon wildfire, and that included some greening up today.
The City Forestry Division paired up with Colorado Springs Utilities to put volunteers to work planting trees in the burn scar area.
The Mountain Shadows neighborhood lost 346 homes and two lives to the Waldo Canyon fire last June.
Since then, many residents have been dealing with flood and erosion concerns since the fire stripped the area of any vegetation.
That's part of the reason dozens of people helped plant trees in the area today.
"I had a lot of friends that were affected and had to move out and live in a hotel for a couple of days so it's really exciting to build up the area again and bring it back to how pretty it was before," said Aspen Ramberg, a volunteer.
Today's event was also a recognition of Arbor day and part of Mayor Bach's "Spruce up the Springs" initiative.


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