Vegetation management for power transmission rights-of-ways in New Brunswick
University of New Brunswick
Vegetation management of New Brunswick's rights-of-ways was examined in terms of the current theories of plant succession. It was found that right-of-way vegetation could be effectively controlled through the selective removal of undesirable plants. A list of desirable and undesirable plants is provided in Appendix 1. A series of three types of herbicide treatments, including stump treatments, pellet treatments, and selective maintenance treatments is recommended to establish stable shrub covers. To enhance the program environmentally, green belts, visual screens, and buffer zones are proposed to confine herbicide effects to the right-of-way and to improve its appearance. Side effects of such a program include improved wildlife habitat and increased aesthetic value for the right-of-way. Total planning involving all sectors of right-of- way involvement is advocated to ensure proper maintenance of the right-of-way, from the cutting of the line to its transfer to the responsibility of the maintenance department.