Keeping the path of power lines free of large trees and brush helps ensure reliable, safe electricity for our members. It also provides a safe working environment for our line technicians.
That’s why your cooperative uses a certified arborist to manage our right-of-way program.
We use a combination approach that includes selective herbicide application. First, trees and large growth that threaten reliability are either removed with mechanical trimmers or trimmed by hand. The following summer, crews use a backpack applicator to apply environmentally-safe herbicide targeted to vegetation that could grow into power lines. This herbicide allows low-growing vegetation to thrive. This low-volume, manual method of vegetation management helps protect the natural habitat of the many plants and wildlife in our area.
These practices are endorsed by animal and plant organizations such as the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources, The National Wild Turkey Federation, Ruffed Grouse Society, Buckmasters and the National Butterfly Association.
Member notification is an important part of our plan. Planned maintenance that requires us to be on a member’s property begins with a phone call to give members advance notice. If we cannot reach a member by phone after several attempts, a postcard is mailed. This process ensures members have the opportunity to learn more about the project and the need to be on their property.
Our vegetation management program combines several growth control methods that balance scenic beauty with safe, reliable electricity.