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Iron Mountain improves tree diversity with help from ATC

The City of Iron Mountain’s Public Works department recently planted 18 trees along West A Street thanks to a $2,000 grant from American Transmission Co.’s Community Planting Program. The trees, a mix of linden and hackberry, are part of the City’s five-year plan to add more diverse trees along its streets.

“We’re excited to add more trees between downtown and our schools,” said Isaac Micheau, Treasurer, City of Iron Mountain. “With this grant from ATC, we’re able to help diversity our city’s tree population, along with providing shade and additional natural beauty in our community.”

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 outside the transmission line rights-of-way. 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.