Fellow Mortals see the best of humanity, the most caring, compassionate people who make the effort to stop and rearrange their day when they find an injured or orphaned creature in need of help.
Unfortunately, the world can also be cruel. American Transmission Company ATC is a for-profit company that is clear-cutting its easements (which act as a shelter for the injured animals at Fellow Mortals) as a matter of policy – not because it is required by federal or state government, but in an attempt to improve its bottom line. This fact has been confirmed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Wisconsin Public Service Commission.
ATC wants to clear cut wide areas of natural forest growth way beyond any reasonable need. For decades, whenever necessary, Wisconsin Power and Light and its successors would contact property owners about trees growing to close to the power lines and then simply trim the offending trees. This caused no problem. Now that ATC has control they see no wrong in clear cutting more than 85-foot width of their easements even if it needlessly destroys beautiful forest growth including a hundred year old spruce tree.
ATC has a legal easement. The easement given decades ago in a simpler time – when people believed naively that no unfair advantage would be taken of a deal fairly made – is being exploited fully today in a time where personal freedom and enjoyment of private property is seen as subservient to the policy of a for profit enterprise that saves money for its investors.
If you care about wildlife and the environment, if you care about rural communities and small nonprofits that help without charging a fee – if it makes you angry when big business exploits their privileges without any regard for people whose property and privacy are ruined – please speak out for Fellow Mortals.
ATC enjoys ‘Green Tier Status,’ granted in 2005. If you agree that this company is being anything but a superior environmental supporter – please write and respectfully ask that the WI Dept of Natural Resources examine their relationship with this company.
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