Transmission Right-of-Way Vegetation Management Program

NYPA has a systemwide Long-Range Transmission Right-of-Way (ROW) Vegetation Management Plan and Program to ensure the physical integrity of its transmission lines and support structures through a program of regular preventive maintenance. It is designed to support the safe and reliable transmission of electric power in an economically, environmentally and sustainable sound manner. The process of Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) is employed to ensure that tall growing trees and woody shrubs do not interfere with these critically important electric power transmission facilities.

IVM balances the use of cultural, biological, physical and chemical procedures for controlling undesirable species while at the same time promoting desirable low growing plant species such as shrubs, herbs, grasses, forbs and ferns, which enhance wildlife and pollinator habitat.

Vegetation on NYPA’s Rights of Way is controlled by a variety of methods. Research has shown that the lowest cost, long-term control is accomplished through the judicious use of herbicides, either alone or in a combination of mixtures.  The objective is the creation of a stable right-of-way plant community which minimizes the need for future maintenance.

Herbicides are used either alone or in combination. All herbicide application methods are used in accordance with label instructions

What it takes: Maintaining foliage under transmission lines