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ATC, Milwaukee Bucks team up to donate 549 more trees to Wisconsin schools

What a season for the Milwaukee Bucks! A second National Basketball Association championship, a Finals Most Valuable Player award for Giannis Antetokounmpo, and their third consecutive Central Division title. We are so proud of them.

But what you may not know is that during the Bucks’ 36 games at Fiserv Forum this season, the team knocked down 549 three-pointers – the third most in the NBA and the most in the Eastern Conference for a team at home. Those 3-pointers resulted in ATC donating 549 trees to 190 Wisconsin schools through the Trees for Threes program.

“Our partnership with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Trees for Threes program is a win for local schools and the environment,” said Gregory Levesque, ATC’s director of Corporate Communications, Policy and Strategy. “ATC supports initiatives that have a positive impact on the environment, education, and health and well-being. Planting trees at schools aligns well with these initiatives and can be a valuable lesson for students.”

After five seasons, those trees are adding up: 355 in 2016-17; 343 in 2017-18; 573 in 2018-19; 510 in 2019-20 and this season – 549 trees. That means there are 2,330 more trees in Wisconsin communities and schools than there were five years ago.

Check out this recap video from this season’s “Trees for Threes” program on Bucks.com. All 190 schools received a video message from Bango, the Bucks’ mascot, and infographic and activity sheets to share with their students.

ATC supports pollinator habitat development in Ledgeview and Sheboygan  

The City of Sheboygan and the Town of Ledgeview developed habitat for bees, birds, butterflies and other pollinators in their communities thanks to American Transmission Co.’s Pollinator Habitat Program.   

 

Sheboygan transformed a greenspace on Kohler Memorial Drive into a beautiful pollinator friendly habitat. Perennial plants will create waves of color for people entering the city to enjoy throughout the growing season and serve as an important food source for native pollinators.  

 

Ledgeview planted pollinator habitat at Ledgeview Park, which is adjacent to the East River Trail, a six-mile hiking and biking trail along the East River. When the Northeast Wisconsin Pheasants Forever chapter read about the grant Ledgeview received in the Press Times, they offered to help with the summer planting. Pheasant, quail, songbirds and other wildlife species benefit from the seeds and ground cover offered by pollinator habitat and many of those species already live along the East River. Stone Silo Prairie Gardens, a local nursery located in Ledgeview that specializes in native species, helped design and plant the Ledgeview Park pollinator habitat.   

 

Roughly 35% of the world’s food crops depend on pollinators. Part of the reason for the recent decline in pollinator populations is due to loss of habitat. 

 

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, while also providing habitat for pollinators that use the utility corridor as a flight path. 

 

The Pollinator Habitat Program is open to cities, villages, towns, counties and tribes within ATC’s service area, as well as to entities that allow public access to ATC rights-of-way (e.g., nature preserves, non-profits or public land managers). To qualify for the program, communities must commit that all current and future planting plans near high-voltage electric transmission lines will comply with ATC’s maintenance standards.  

 

ATC accepts applications from June 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 Family Fun Zone supports Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

ATC is once again sponsoring the Family Fun Zone in support of Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The event is being held virtually for a second consecutive year and runs through Sept. 18.

Participants can log into the ATC Family Fun Zone on the Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk website to find fun and engaging activities for the whole family, including:

  • Weekly step challenges
  • Downloadable training guides, and stretching and nutrition resources to up your running/walking game
  • Access to Badgerland Striders fun-runs
  • The ability to earn prizes each week by helping to promote the event

For 44 years, Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk has brought thousands of people together to run, walk and fundraise in support of the top-tier care for kids that Children’s Wisconsin provides locally, regionally and nationally. It’s one of the longest-running fundraising events in Wisconsin, raising more than $1 million annually. The event showcases the steadfast support of generous individuals, grateful families and businesses like ATC.

We invite you to participate in the ATC Family Fun Zone and support the great work that Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin does with children and families in our community.

ATC supports three native oak savannas in southeast Wisconsin

American Transmission Co. is helping to restore three native oak savannas in southeast Wisconsin through our Community Planting Program grants.

Once common in the Midwest, forming a boundary between prairies and forests, oak savannas are now one of the rarest ecosystems on earth. The openness of an oak savanna, with large trees growing far apart, also allows numerous types of native prairie plants to grow.

Kenosha County Veterans Memorial Park

One hundred oak trees were transplanted at the Kenosha County Veterans Memorial Park this spring. The trees, which are visible along walking trails and dispersed throughout 43 acres of the eastern portion of the park, are part of an ongoing oak savanna restoration project.

Over the last 15 years, Kenosha County has received and planted free tree saplings from the Argosy Foundation as well as overstock from Kenosha County’s Tree and Shrub Planting Program. The cost of the transplanting was partially funded through a grant from ATC’s Community Planting Program.

Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy

After clearing invasive species from the edge of an old growth hardwood forest, the Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy planted over 250 native trees and woody shrubs as it continues to redevelop the oak savanna on the northeastern side of the conservancy. The trees and shrubs — a mix of American hazelnut, common witch-hazel, gray dogwood, elderberry, tamarack, American larch and a variety of oak species — were paid for by a grant from ATC’s Community Planting Program.

The 231-acre Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy is the largest remaining intact natural area and wetland located on the shores of Geneva Lake and significantly contributes to the overall cleanliness of this clear-water glacial lake.

 Bristol Bay Park

The Village of Bristol planted 15-20 native oak and hickory trees in the new Bristol Bay Park. When Bristol Bay Park is fully developed, it will be a 37-acre natural area park with an oak savanna along its walking trails. This is the second Community Planting Program grant the village has received.

ATC’s Community Planting Program enables us to encourage and support 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.

The program provides financial support to eligible cities, villages, towns, counties and tribes in ATC’s service area for planting projects on public property, outside transmission line rights-of-way. Program funds can be used to plant trees and other tall-growing vegetation. Since 2013, ATC has awarded approximately 240 communities and organizations with funds totaling more than $425,000.

ATC accepts applications from June 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.

Sturgeon Bay Submarine Cable Replacement Project now complete

ATC’s three-year project to replace a half-mile, 69,000-volt submarine transmission line under the Sturgeon Bay Ship Channel is now complete. The new transmission line that connects Wisconsin’s lower and upper Door County enhances regional electric reliability and replaces a single circuit with three cables that were originally installed under the channel in the early 1980s.  

 To install the new circuit, ATC’s construction partner conducted horizontal directional drilling to bore an 1,883-foot-long, 3-foot-diameter hole into the rock bed, 155 feet below the channel. We then connected sections of the half-mile pipe that would contain the cable on land before pulling them through the bore hole under the channel. This required closing three different roadways in downtown Sturgeon Bay for several months, while the duct installation was connected to the termination points. The transmission cables were then pulled through the pipes and completed the splices and terminations. 

 The ATC project team worked closely with the city of Sturgeon Bay on road, intersection, and parking lot closures, all of which took place on both sides of the channel in downtown Sturgeon Bay. Adding to the challenge was that the city’s concurrent construction efforts to redevelop the west waterfront area in the same vicinity. 

“We appreciated ATC’s efforts to include the city of Sturgeon Bay in the route and construction coordination,” Marty Olejniczak, community development director for Sturgeon Bay. “Both sides of the underground bay crossing were tight sites with a lot of activity going on. The high degree of coordination allowed the city’s waterfront construction activities to co-exist with ATC’s crews and enable all projects to move forward smoothly.” 

 The $14.2 million project also included installing a new riser structure on the west side of the channel and terminations at the First Avenue Substation, along with fiber optic wire at the control house.  

 “By placing more of the transmission line underground, it allowed the removal of the poles, riser structure and fencing within Sawyer Park and other new development sites being created in the waterfront area, thereby making it more attractive and useable,” said Olejniczak.