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ATC employees get creative with toy donations for kids

American Transmission Co. employees are embracing a new spin on the traditional Secret Santa gift-giving game as a way to help brighten the holidays for Wisconsin children.

Instead of buying gifts for each other, employees in the legal and environmental departments bought toys inspired by their coworkers for children in need.

Here’s how it worked: each employee drew the name of a colleague. Then, the givers bought toys that reminded them of their randomly selected coworkers.

After the “exchange,” all toys were donated to Toys for Tots.

“It was a great way to learn more about each other, while helping the children in our community who might otherwise be forgotten this holiday season,” said Danna Treutelaar, legal executive assistant.

Check out some of the photos from the gift “exchange” below:


We’re proud to help serve our communities – it’s part of ATC’s culture and commitment to do our part.

ATC employees donate meals to families in need

ATC employees helped unload Milwaukee County Transit System buses full of food for families in need at the Feeding America food bank in Milwaukee.

ATC employees helped unload Milwaukee County Transit System buses full of food for families in need at the Feeding America food bank in Milwaukee.

American Transmission Co. employees are pitching in to help feed families who may not know where their next meal is coming from this holiday season.

During our We Care Food Drive, ATC employees across five separate offices donated more than 3,500 meals to local food pantries.

Donations from the Pewaukee office went to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. Cottage Grove and Madison donations went to the Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. The De Pere office donated to Paul’s Pantry in Green Bay, Wis. Gracious Rose Ministries in Sagola, Mich., benefited from donations in the Kingsford office.

ATC employees also volunteered during a Stuff the Bus event to unload and sort food delivered to the Feeding America food bank in Milwaukee the day before Thanksgiving.

We’re proud to help serve our communities – it’s part of ATC’s culture and commitment to do our part.

ATC, Bucks team up with ‘Trees for Threes’

treesforthrees_scoreboard-cropAmerican Transmission Co. has teamed up with the Milwaukee Bucks this basketball season for an exciting new partnership to help green up local communities. Through a new program called Trees for Threes, the Bucks and ATC will sponsor the planting of a new tree in Wisconsin for every 3-pointer the Bucks make at home this season.

This unique initiative pairs the Bucks’ success with a greener environment but ultimately, it will be Wisconsin communities that score. The Bucks and ATC will identify Wisconsin schools and community partners to participate in tree plantings following the season, and Bucks and ATC representatives will join students in the planting events. The Trees for Threes initiative aligns with ATC’s Grow Smart program, which helps property owners and communities identify low-growing, compatible vegetation that can be planted the smart way – a safe distance from transmission line rights-of-way.

Last season the Bucks hit 220 3-pointers at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, and the team is on pace to far surpass that mark this year. Stay tuned for information on how your local school can apply to be a part of Trees for Threes. For a running tally of how many 3-pointers the Bucks have hit this season follow us on Twitter or visit www.bucks.com/trees.

Notes from the Field – Of Turkeys and Transmission Lines

Editor’s note: People often joke that there are two seasons in Wisconsin: Winter and road construction. This year has disproven the joke with distinct and beautiful spring, summer and fall seasons.

American Transmission Co. environmental project managers traverse hills and countryside monitoring construction activities year-round. They are the eyes and ears in the field, working with contractors to ensure that we demonstrate our environmental commitment.

Our Notes from the Field blog features highlights of what our environmental project managers see while they work on projects throughout our service area. This installment features photos and observations from Michael Warwick, ATC senior environmental project manager.

Autumn in Wisconsin

Summer is long gone, and with it, much of the wildlife we’ve grown accustomed to seeing out in the field. However, the unseasonably warm October and early November in Wisconsin has ensured that there were plenty to still enjoy.

Turkey trot

A staple at many Thanksgiving tables, turkey are also a regular sight in rural Wisconsin. This bird was out foraging along with companions near Portage.

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Snakes,frogs and turtles… In November!?! 

Since snakes, frogs, and turtles are cold-blooded, they seek out warmth where they can until they eventually find their way to their winter homes. Even in November, a warm day or two will often result in these critters trying to soak in the sun’s warming rays. This Dekay’s snake was sunning on a bed of leaves in Dane County. The map turtle took in some rays while watching the Wisconsin River flow. The leopard frog, just one of many, endangers its life by finding warmth in the asphalt road, while vehicles narrowly miss it as they pass by.

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A red-tailed hawk sits patiently on a distribution power line pole while it waits for food (snakes, mice, voles, or other rodents) to reveal itself in the grasses below.

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Sandhill cranes are still plentiful and will likely remain in the area until late December, unless severe winter weather forces them south sooner.

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warwickcropMichael Warwick is a senior environmental project manager at ATC. Prior to joining ATC he worked as an environmental consultant conducting tree and plant surveys, wetland delineation, GIS, project planning, community planning and permitting. He previously worked at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources with a focus on waterway monitoring and studies, and wetland and waterway permit reviews.

Michael earned a Bachelor of Science degree in conservation and environmental sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is currently certified by Wisconsin DNR as an Endangered Resources Reviewer and is a member of the Avian Power Line Interaction Committee (APLIC) Outreach Committee. He volunteers his time guiding annual natural resources-based educational field trips for the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin.

New trail option ready for ‘National Take a Hike Day’

State and local officials and ATC project representatives attended a celebration event for the completion of the Holmes-Old Mead Road project.

State and local officials and ATC project representatives
attended a celebration event for the completion of the Holmes-Old
Mead Road project.

There’s nothing quite like a fall hike – with crisp leaves underfoot and a brisk breeze in the air.

For hiking enthusiasts in Upper Michigan, there’s a new trail to try just in time for “National Take a Hike Day.” According to the American Hiking Society, Thursday, Nov. 17, is the perfect day to enjoy the great outdoors on a trail.

American Transmission Co. built a multipurpose recreation trail in an abandoned rail corridor between Hermansville and Escanaba, Mich. The trail is a public/private partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation (which owned the corridor) and the Department of Natural Resources, which will own and maintain the trail.

The 25-mile trail is at the eastern half of the new 58-mile transmission line placed into service earlier this year between Holmes Substation in Menominee County and the Old Mead Road Substation in Escanaba, Mich.

Here at ATC, we think it’s the perfect time for a power walk!

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