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.


Upcoming Events

  • Friday, September 20, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
  • Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 11:30am
    Ross Orchards, located at 111 North Street in Fromberg, is proud to announce the opening of a farm stand this Fall. The orchard will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays noon - 5 p.m. starting Sept. 21 and closing Oct. 13. The orchard is working in conjunction with the Last Chance Pub and Cider Mill and Red Lodge Ales to offer fun, family-friendly events.   Every weekend apples, fresh apple cider pressed with apples from the orchard, apple pastries, local honey, food, hard cider, and beer will be available.  There will also be pumpkins and a variety of local produce for sale. Additionally, each weekend will have a different event. Sept. 21 - 22 – Cider and Salutations yoga 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28 – A farm to table dinner at 5 p.m. catered by the Last Chance Pub’s chef Kevin McNourlin. The dinner will feature local foods paired with cider. Contact to reserve seats (limit 40) Oct. 5 - 6 - Kidz Dayz. Bounce house, pumpkin carving, face painting and tractor rides through the orchard. Oct. 12- Orchard run 5k. A family-friendly run/walk through Ross Orchards. Visit to sign up. Sam Hoffmann, President of Red Lodge Ales, remarked, “it has been fun to get to know John, Laura, Hilary, and Elizabeth Ross over the last ten plus years. Together we have pruned, picked apples, and made cider on a home brew level and now commercially. We are proud to share our work with the public.” John Ross, owner of Ross Orchards, adds, “The orchard has always been a source of pride and happiness for me.  Our family has enjoyed working with Sam and Lindsey Hoffmann and their employees. We look forward to the success of Orchard days.” Contact for more info: John Ross 406-671-9614,; Sam Hoffmann 406-425-4607,; Lindsey Hoffmann 406-425-3734,  
  • Monday, September 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.

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