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Brewster Village, Peshtigo and Prairie du Chien add more trees thanks to ATC

Two Wisconsin cities and a county-run, skilled nursing facility recently added more trees to their communities thanks to grants from American Transmission Co.’s Community Planting Program.

Brewster Village, a skilled nursing facility owned by Outagamie County, used its $2,500 grant to plant approximately 10 trees on its grounds. The trees—a mix of catalpa, elm, lilac, linden, oak, and pine—were planted near a swing set and the courtyards.

The city of Peshtigo in Marinette County used its $1,500 grant to plant 10 trees along the Peshtigo River from Emery Avenue to Stibbe Lane. The linden, oak, pine, tamarack and willow trees will help offset the anticipated loss of green ash trees to the Emerald Ash Borer beetle.

The city of Prairie du Chien in Crawford County used its $2,000 grant to plant 32 trees in five different city parks—including the historic 240-acre St. Feriole Island Park. The trees—a mix of birch, linden maple and oak—will help replace the 64 ash trees the city recently lost to the Emerald Ash Borer. Members of the local Lions Club members volunteered to water the trees throughout the summer.

All trees were planted a safe distance from utility lines to support the safety and reliability of the electric system. The different tree species also help increase each city’s tree diversity, along with providing shade and additional natural beauty to the communities.

Our Community Planting Program  encourages and supports communities to plant trees and vegetation that beautify the landscape in a way that doesn’t compromise the safety and reliability of the electric transmission system. Since 2013, ATC has awarded approximately 240 communities and organizations with funds totaling more than $425,000.

ATC accepts applications from July 1 through Sept. 30, and award recipients are selected and notified by the end of the year. Awards range from $100 to $5,000. Additional information and program applications can be found at atc-GrowSmart.com.

ATC recognized by Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council’s Green Masters Program

For the second consecutive year, American Transmission Co. received recognition as a Green Master organization by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council Green Masters program. The Green Master designation is given to the top 20% of Wisconsin companies that apply.

The Green Masters Program identifies nine key areas that define business sustainability: energy, carbon, water, waste management, transportation, supply chain, education and outreach, workforce and governance. Participants must apply each year and are scored on how well they perform in each category.

The program encourages continuous improvement by offering three levels of achievement: Green Apprentice, Green Professional and Green Master. ATC was named a Green Professional organization from 2016-2018, and first achieved the Green Master level in 2019. Our status has improved each year as we identify actions to take toward greater sustainability.

For example, this year our score improved in the governance category as we continue to describe how we are connecting people and businesses with a more sustainable energy future, our high customer satisfaction survey scores , and how we align our business with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

We continue to improve the workforce category with an employee wellness program that encourages sustainable life practices in health, money management and environmental stewardship. We also retained high marks in the community and educational outreach category – with our support of pandemic-related relief causes, our Grow Smart® and planting programs, as well as our Trees for Threes partnership with the Milwaukee Bucks.

We are proud of our Green Master achievement and continue to look for ways to further enhance our environmental commitment.

Green Lake Sanitary District restores pollinator habitat with help from ATC

The Green Lakes Sanitary District recently added 2,500 native perennials, 14 shrubs and several trees to five of the nature conservancies it manages along Wisconsin’s deepest natural inland lake thanks to a $5,000 ATC Community Planting Program grant.

The native vegetation will help restore pollinator habitat to the Hammer’s Trail, Norwegian Bay, Sunnyside, Wick Preserve and Tichora Conservancies after the recent removal of non-native and other invasive plant species.

All trees and vegetation – including highbush cranberry, elderberry, snowberry, black-eyed Susan, purple coneflower, butterfly weed, columbine and spiderwort – were planted a safe distance from utility lines to support the safety and reliability of the electric system.

Our Community Planting Program encourages and supports communities to plant trees and vegetation that beautify the landscape in a way that doesn’t compromise the safety and reliability of the electric transmission system. Since 2013, ATC has awarded approximately 240 communities and organizations with funds totaling more than $425,000.

ATC accepts applications from July 1 through Sept. 30, and award recipients are selected and notified by the end of the year. Awards range from $100 to $5,000. Additional information and program applications can be found at atc-GrowSmart.com.

ATC-sponsored virtual gardening series available until Dec. 31   

Don’t miss this opportunity to deepen your horticulture knowledge and enhance your gardening skills. From now until Dec. 31, 2020, you can view any of the 11 ATC-sponsored virtual gardening seminars by Melinda Myers on demand. Each seminar is approximately 60 minutes long and includes a handout with additional information. 

 Since 2014, ATC has partnered with nationally known gardening expert Melinda Myers to promote planting low-growing, native vegetation as part of our Grow Smart programTypically, we sponsor between 15-20 of her appearances at home and garden shows throughout Wisconsin. But with all the shows cancelled this year due to the pandemic, we had to get creative.  

 If you or someone you know is looking for some gardening tips and inspirationcheck out Myers’ gardening seminars. To watch a seminar, simply click on “Webinar link” in the seminar description and enter the access password. 

 Melinda Myers’ Virtual Gardening Seminars 

  • Food Gardening for Everyone – Plant & Maximize Your Harvest  
  • Managing Garden Pests while Keeping Pollinators Safe  
  • Waterwise Gardening  
  • Creating Pollinator Gardens  
  • Strategies for Adding Native Plants to Your Landscape & the Many Benefits!  
  • Save Money and Improve Your Soil for Better Gardening Results  
  • Fall is for Planting – Grow Smart Plants for You and the Pollinators to Enjoy!  
  • Fall Care for the Landscape and Pollinators  
  • The First Steps to Creating an Eco-friendly, Low Maintenance Landscape  
  • Selecting the Best Hydrangea for My Landscape 
  • Why Won’t My Hydrangea Bloom & Other Issues 

Baird Creek pollinator habitat restoration continues with help from ATC

The Baird Creek Preservation Foundation recently continued restoring 20 acres of native prairie in Green Bay with support from a $3,600 American Transmission Co. Pollinator Habitat Program grant.

The funding supported the establishment of a one-acre pollinator habitat to attract a diverse array of pollinators, reduce erosion and improve water quality to the Baird Creek watershed. A 2018 grant recipient, the Foundation’s original plan was to seed the acre in 2019, but flooding throughout Brown County caused the work to be postponed until 2020.

And then came the global pandemic and its challenges. A large group of volunteers was set to seed the acre in early October, but with a significant spike in COVID-19 cases, they canceled less than a week before. A call to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources led the Foundation to a contact at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service who agreed to no-till drill the native pollinator seed mix.

A no-till drill is a planter that plants seeds in the ground without having to drastically disturb the topsoil (i.e., tilling or plowing). The no-till method decreases soil erosion, makes it easier for water to infiltrate the soil, and better retains organic matter and nutrients in the soil.

Since its establishment in 1997, the non-profit Baird Creek Preservation Foundation has been a significant player in the preservation and restoration of the Baird Creek Greenway and Watershed.

ATC’s Pollinator Habitat Program promotes planting low-growing vegetation within a transmission line right-of-way to beautify communities in a way that doesn’t compromise the safety and reliability of the electric transmission system.

ATC accepts applications from July 1 through Sept. 30, and award recipients are selected and notified by the end of the year. Awards range from $100 to $5,000. Additional information and program applications can be found at atc-GrowSmart.com.