Community Planting Program 2021
Vegetation in your community
ATC’s program supports smart, safe planting
Trees and vegetation are among the features that make communities special places for residents and visitors. American Transmission Co. offers two ways for applicants to create green spaces by planting vegetation. Both the Community Planting Program and Pollinator Habitat Program are part of ATC’s Grow Smart® initiative, which advocates for and provides suggestions of low-growing, compatible vegetation that can be planted adjacent to and within transmission rights-of-way.
ATC’s Community Planting Program encourages the growth of trees or tall-growing vegetation the smart way – a safe distance from electric transmission lines. As an owner and operator of the electric transmission system that serves your area, it is our responsibly to adhere to state and federal regulations, easements and best practices that require us to keep trees and brush out of the rights-of-way to maintain safety and reliability of the grid.
While we can’t allow trees or tall-growing vegetation in our rights-of-way, we do understand they are in important part of the landscape. ATC’s Community Planting Program 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 also is designed to help support the initiatives of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program. ATC continues to partner with the DNR’s Urban Forestry group to help educate communities interested in learning more about this program.
Cities, villages, towns, counties, tribes and non-profit entities within ATC’s service area are eligible to apply for financial support of plating projects on public property for the Community Planting Program. To quality, applicants must commit that all current and future planting plans and urban forestry activities near high-voltage electric transmission lines will comply with ATC’s maintenance standards and that the vegetation will be planted outside the right-of-way. Funding includes the cost of purchasing trees or other vegetation, labor and installation. Projects that support pollinator habitat within ATC’s rights-of-way should apply for ATC’s Pollinator Habitat Program.
How it works
To be considered for funding, plans must meet program criteria and adhere to ATC’s vegetation maintenance standards. Priority will favor projects that promote right-of-way best management practices by keeping trees out of the right-of-way and planting only low-growing, native perennials in the right-of-way. ATC will not support plans that violate ATC’s maintenance standards, including those that call for trees to be planted within a transmission line right-of-way.
ATC will support planting projects for public areas that can be enjoyed by the entire community. ATC encourages plans that incorporate energy efficiency benefits, support volunteer actives, improve or increase a community’s canopy diversity and benefit a community’s green space. Awards range from $100 to $5,000.
How to apply
Applications are accepted online June 1 through Sept. 30 each year, and recipients will be selected by the end of the calendar year. If applying for both the Community Planting and Pollinator Habitat Programs, please submit separate applications.
Note: Eligible applicants shall submit only one application per program annually. ATC reserves the right to discontinue either of these programs at any time.
If you have questions about the program, please contact: