Plant vegetation in your community, the smart and safe way
Trees and vegetation are among the features that make communities special places for residents and visitors. We offer two ways for applicants to create green spaces by planting vegetation.
Community Planting Program
As an owner and operator of the electric transmission system, it is ATC’s responsibility to adhere to state and federal regulations, easements and best practices that require us to keep tall-growing vegetation out of the transmission line rights-of-way. ATC’s Community Planting Program encourages the growth of trees or tall‑growing vegetation the smart way – a safe distance away from electric transmission lines. This program provides financial support to eligible cities, villages, towns, counties and tribes in our service area for planting projects on public property, outside transmission line rights-of-way.
ATC’s Community Planting Program is also designed to help support the initiatives of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program. We’ve partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry group to help educate communities interested in learning more about this program.
Pollinator Habitat Program
ATC’s Pollinator Habitat Program provides funding for site preparation; purchasing seed, plugs or plants, labor and installation, or other activities to establish quality pollinator habitat within a transmission line right-of-way. This type of compatible vegetation can thrive within transmission line rights‑of‑way, making utility corridors ideal for pollinators –which benefit from the utility corridor as a flight path. Cities, villages, towns, counties, tribes and entities that allow public access to ATC right-of-way (e.g., nature preserves, non-profits or public land managers) within ATC’s service area are eligible to apply for financial support of projects through the Pollinator Habitat Program.
How the programs work
Awards range from $100 to $5,000, based on funding, and we will support planting projects for public areas that can be enjoyed by the entire community. Plantings must meet ATC’s Pollinator Habitat Program or Community Planting Program criteria and our vegetation management standards. ATC will not support plans that call for trees to be planted within a transmission line right‑of‑way.
Applications for the Community Planting Program and Pollinator Habitat Program are accepted July 1 through Sept. 30 each year, and recipients will be selected by the end of the calendar year. Entities may submit only one application per program, annually. ATC reserves the right to discontinue either of these programs at any time. If you have any questions about these programs, please contact:
- Johanna Sievewright (Pollinator Habitat Program)
- Michelle Stokes (Community Planting Program)
Program winners – 2021/2022
The following communities received amounts ranging from $500 to $5,000 through the Pollinator Habitat Program:
|Glacial Lakes Conservancy||Town of Ledgeview|
|North Central Conservancy Trust||Village of Bristol|
|City of Sheboygan|
The following Wisconsin entities received amounts ranging from $500 to $5,000 through the Community Planting Program:
|Village of Belgium||Ozaukee County|
|Village of Bristol||City of Pittsville|
|Town of Caledonia||City of Portage|
|Elm Grove Beautification Committee||City of Ripon|
|City of Franklin||Village of Rochester|
|Janesville Urban Forest Alliance||Village of Waupaca|
|Village of Kimberly||City of Wauwatosa|
|City of Menasha||Village of Winter|
|Mequon Nature Preserve||City of Wisconsin Dells|
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