Sheboygan County, Wis. – The Sheboygan County Planning & Conservation Department recently received a grant from ATC’s Community Planting Program to plant trees along the CTH PP Linear Parkway between the City of Sheboygan and the Village of Kohler east of the CTH A roundabout. The trees will likely be a mix of Linden, American Elm and Hackberry.
“We’re excited to establish trees in this corridor and help make it more inviting,” said Keith Abler, Chair of the Planning, Resources, Agriculture and Extension Committee which oversees the Planning & Conservation Department. “With this grant from ATC, we will increase the diversity our tree population, as well as provide additional shade and natural beauty along the trail in that area he went on to add.”
“We recognize that trees and vegetation are among the features that make communities special places for residents and visitors,” said ATC Maintenance Program Manager Adam Helminiak. “While we can’t allow trees or tall‑growing vegetation in our rights‑of‑way, ATC’s Community Planting Program enables us to encourage and support communities to plant trees and vegetation that will beautify communities in a way that doesn’t compromise the safety and reliability of the electric transmission system.”
The Community Planting 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. Now in its 10th year, ATC has given over 300 community awards for these projects totaling more than $625,000.
ATC’s Pollinator Habitat Program, which provides funding for site preparation; purchasing seed, plugs or plants; labor and installation; or other activities to establish quality pollinator habitat. Unlike the Community Planting Program, the Pollinator Habitat Program promotes planting low-growing vegetation within a transmission line right-of-way. It is open to cities, villages, towns, counties and tribes within ATC’s service area, as well as to entities that allow public access to ATC rights-of-way (e.g., nature preserves, non-profits or public land managers).
To qualify for either program, communities 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. Cities, villages, towns, counties and tribes within ATC’s service area are eligible to apply for funding through the Community Planting Program. The Pollinator Habitat Program also is open to cities, villages, towns, counties and tribes within ATC’s service area, as well as to entities that allow public access to ATC rights-of-way (e.g. nature preserves, non-profits or public land managers).
ATC accepts applications from July 1 through Sept. 30, and award recipients are selected and notified by the end of the year. Awards for both programs range from $100 to $5,000. Additional information and program applications can be found at atc-GrowSmart.com.