The High Plains Environmental Center Story


Only 7 percent of the installed landscape consists of irrigated turf. On portions of the site where existing native plants could not be preserved, volunteers from Colorado State University, the University Northern Colorado, and Intel, dug and containerized about 1000 plants.


Later a group of High School Students working with the Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado replanted the plants on HPEC Property adjacent to the apartments.




In In addition McWhinney hired a tree spading company to move 175 native rabbitbrush shrubs from the apartment site to HPEC. These shrubs have improved habitat by increasing the density of vegetative cover and served as the “bufferyard” plantings required by city zoning.

Stormwater ponds on the site will be utilized for a wildlife habitat. A bio-swale directs stormwater across the property, slowing down turbulence, trapping sediment and impurities and purifying the water before it reaches the ponds. The swale was vegetated with native tall-grasses such as yellow Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans), switchgrass (Panicum virgatus), big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi) and prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata).