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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.