Press Release - American Transmission Company Awards City of Menasha $1,000 Community Planting Grant
American Transmission Company’s Community Planting program. The grant allows the City to expand
its annual Arbor Day celebration teaching students about trees and providing them an opportunity to
plant trees near their school.
“Trees provide for a better quality of life” stated Mayor Merkes, “with benefits including crime
reduction, mental health benefits, increased retail sales, higher property values, and improving storm
water quality, Menasha’s urban forest provides nearly a half-million dollars in benefits each year.”
The Community Planting Program provides financial support to eligible cities, villages, towns, counties
and tribes in ATC’s service area. The Community Planting Program and Pollinator Habitat Program are
part of ATC’s Grow Smart® initiative, which advocates for and provides suggestions of compatible
vegetation that can be planted in 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
more than 265 communities and organizations with funds totaling nearly $500,000 since 2013.
“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 grant from ATC will help diversify the City’s urban forest planting species such as London Plane and
Swamp White Oak protecting it from invaders like EAB. The City plants approximately 200 trees each
year throughout the community. Menasha is a Tree City USA, Menasha Utilities is a Tree Line USA, and
UWO Fox Cities is a Tree Campus USA.
You can learn more about Menasha’s urban forest at: