City of Plymouth Receives $2,000 Grant from ATC: City to plant trees in parks and public spaces
The City of Plymouth recently received a $2,000 grant from American Transmission Co.’s Community Planting Program to help replace trees damaged by emerald ash borer infestation. Trees purchased from this grant will be planted in parks and other public spaces throughout the city.
“In the past few years, we’ve had to remove roughly 100 damaged trees, said Matthew Magle, Street Superintendent, City of Plymouth. “With this grant from ATC, we’re able to replace many of those trees, diversity our tree population, and provide additional shade and natural beauty to our community.”
“We recognize that trees and vegetation are among the features that make communities special places for residents and visitors,” said ATC Vegetation Management Manager Michelle Stokes. “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. ATC has awarded approximately 240 communities and organizations with funds totaling more than $425,000 since the program’s inception in 2013.
American Transmission Co. is a Wisconsin-based company that owns and operates the electric transmission system in portions of the Upper Midwest. Formed in 2001 as the nation’s first multi-state transmission-only utility, ATC has invested to improve the adequacy and reliability of its infrastructure. ATC now has $5 billion in assets, including more than 9,890 miles of transmission lines and 568 substations. The company is a member of the MISO regional transmission organization, and provides nondiscriminatory service to all customers, supporting effective competition in energy markets without favoring any market participant. For more information, visit our website at www.atcllc.com.