Green Fund Awards $1,000 in Celebration of Earth Day

Thursday, May 2, 2019
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Celebrating Earth Day, left to right, Kathryn Eklund, Red Lodge City’s Energy Corp. Brad Hauge, owner Pro Cut Lawn, with the Red Lodge High School Green Team, Barca Beaudoin, Ava Graham, Lily Fouts, Anna Dye, Zoe Belinda, and Trenton Koch.


Established in 2012 by Pro Cut Lawn and Landscape, the Green Fund has given more than $11,000 in cash and in-kind services to ‘green’ projects in the community. For its sixth year, the Green Fund continued its collaboration with the Red Lodge High School Green Team. This partnership gave students the opportunity to become philanthropists – weighing and leveraging resources to make a large ‘green’ impact in our community. 

The Pro Cut team and the High School Green Team received six applications seeking $5,500 in funding. After careful discussion with members of both the Pro Cut and High School Green Teams, they funded the following organizations for a total of $1,000:

Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary, $500: Funds will be used to plant six Aspen, Mountain Ash and Chokecherry tree. The total cost of the project was more than $1,000, but because of donated efforts by Pro Cut, nearly the entire project will be able to be completed.

Red Lodge Recycle, $500: Funds will go toward purchasing a forklift. The forklift will allow safer working conditions for those at the recycling center, because now, it’s difficult to retrieve baled items form the baling machine. A forklift will also help move pallets of recyclables from the shop to the yard, which is now very difficult with a pallet jack over gravel and snow. 

Ava Graham, member of the Red Lodge High School Green Team, shared this about her experience of working with Pro Cut Lawn and Landscape to review grant applications, “While being a part of the RLHS Green Team, it has been easy to learn the scale on which you can make an impact in the community and bring attention to certain issues, especially when they involve a green initiative.”

Stay tuned throughout the summer to learn about the incredible impacts these projects are having in the community. To learn more about the Pro Cut Green Fund or to get involved, visit or contact or call (406) 446-2820.