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.
Pollinator Planting Program
ATC’s Pollinator Planting Program provides funding for the purchase of seeds, plugs or plants that are low-growing, native perennials that can be planted 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 rights-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 planting projects through the Pollinator Planting Program.
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. The Community Planting Program also encourages and supports communities to plant trees and vegetation that will beautify communities in a manner that is consistent with our safety and maintenance standards.
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 DNR’s Urban Forestry group to help educate communities interested in learning more about this program.
Community Planting Program winners for 2017
The following Wisconsin communities received amounts ranging from $500 to $5,000 for planting projects on public property:
Belgium Dunn Greenville Marinette Somers Bellevue Fond du Lac Manitowoc Outagamie County Stevens Point Beloit Friendship Menasha Ozaukee County West Allis Biron Gays Mills Ho-Chunk Nation Peshtigo Boscobel Gillett Kimberly Rib Mountain Brooklyn Grafton Little Chute Sheboygan Falls
Click here to read the news release.
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 Planting 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.
How to apply
Applications are accepted June 1 through Sept. 30 each year, and recipients will be selected by the end of the calendar year.
Note: 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 ATC’s Planting Programs, please contact:
Johanna Sievewright (Pollinator Planting Program)
Jon Callaway (Community Planting Program)