Utility vegetation management professionals maintain a busy schedule throughout the year. From site inspections and planned treatment cycles to budget management and annual program planning, the ongoing demands of this fast-moving industry can make it difficult for practitioners and their contract partners to keep up with the latest strategies and trends impacting the industry.
That’s why industry practitioners are encouraged to download a new utility vegetation management e-book, which details best management practices for utility sites and the benefits they can provide to vegetation management programs across the country. Developed by Corteva Agriscience, this interactive 10-page resource provides invaluable insights from environmental right-of-way (ROW) research and cost analysis studies to detail the positive impact Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) strategies can have on program-based objectives, including:
Results from third-party cost-efficiency research details the negative impact the exclusive use of mechanical mowing can have on the productivity and cost efficiency of utility vegetation management programs. By illustrating the support IVM practices provide to the development of compatible plant species, the e-book details how associated strategies can extend treatment cycles, support reclamation efforts and lower annual maintenance costs compared with ROW management programs that rely exclusively on mowing practices.
Environmental research shows the beneficial support selective herbicide applications provide to IVM programs and environments surrounding utility ROW corridors. These benefits include:
- Significantly reduced carbon emissions than mechanical mowing programs
- Selective control of incompatible plant species
- Habitat development for tree-resistant cover types, birds, pollinators and other wildlife species
The e-book details how IVM practices can help utility companies achieve these results and showcase successful biodiversity management practices through Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting. In turn, this reporting can help utilities develop and protect their public reputation while offsetting unexpected headwinds over time.
When unexpected interruptions in electrical service occur, the pocketbook and public image of utility companies are on the line. The e-book details how IVM strategies can enhance utility ROW accessibility to ensure crews can reach utility infrastructure and restore power as quickly as possible.
The e-book also explains how supporting the development of beneficial low-growing plant communities can allow IVM programs to enhance the following wildfire mitigation efforts:
- Prevent development of incompatible and highly flammable plant species
- Protect infrastructure from encroaching trees
- Create ample tree spacing
- Establish fuel breaks
Quick and Easy Access
Utility vegetation managers and their industry partners can either download the e-book or view it online by clicking here.
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