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American Transmission Co. Awards $60,000 for Vegetation Plantings

Program advocates electric reliability by promoting plantings outside the right-of-way

American Transmission Co. recently awarded $60,000 to 39 communities in its service area to plant trees and other vegetation through its Community Planting Program, which is part of ATC’s Grow Smart ® initiative. Trees and other vegetation purchased by communities through the Community Planting Program reinforces this initiative by supporting the planting of tall-growing trees and other vegetation outside of high-voltage transmission line rights-of-way.

“Since this program began in 2013, ATC has awarded nearly $190,000 to more than 130 communities for planting projects,” said Mark Davis, executive vice president and chief operating officer. ”Trees are an important part of our environment. Tall-growing vegetation needs to be kept away from transmission lines to keep the public safe and the system reliable, and this program makes that initiative a win-win for everyone.”

To qualify, community recipients committed to complying with ATC’s maintenance standards for all current and future planting plans and urban forestry activities near high-voltage electric transmission lines. In addition to Norway, Mich., the following Wisconsin communities received amounts ranging from $500 to $5,000 for planting projects on public property where ATC facilities exist:

Algoma Conover Mauston Spencer
Antigo De Pere McFarland Stevens Point
Baraboo Edgar Muskego Tomahawk
Bayside Fond du Lac Oconto Troy
Belgium Forest County Potawatomi Community Oregon Turtle
Bellevue Green Bay Peshtigo Whiting
Big Bend Horicon Pittsville Wilson
Brooklyn Hortonville Platteville Winter
Brown Deer Kronenwetter Princeton  
Cambridge Marshall Reedsburg
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