Over the past 15 years, we have been implementing vegetation management of noxious weeds, woody plants
and coniferous trees in right of ways
What is right of Way Treatment?
Types of Right of Ways are:
Road – Interstate, primary, secondary, Forest Service roads, new and old logging roads
River, Stream – Water right of ways
Utility – Transmission lines and distribution lines.
When building new roads or maintaining existing roads, vehicle travel is the number one cause for the spread of noxious weeds. Especially in regard to new roads, soil disturbance and the spread of weed seeds create the perfect combination for a widespread propagation of unwanted noxious weeds. Most noxious weed infestations begin on a right of way and spread considerably over time. Finding and treating these infestations before they escape the road cut will benefit the land and reduce the long-term cost.
Logging companies, state and federal entities contract WMA to perform pre-haul and post-haul noxious weed treatments
Forest Service, BLM, DNRC, and county governments will set up project areas on
Our truck mounted right of way systems are state of the art and equipped with two Dosatron* units.
*Dosatron is an injection system that contains the herbicide concentrate and precisely injects the product into the solution at an amount determined by herbicide rate and speed of
We specialize in utility right of ways
Our goal as a company is to provide our customers with exceptional service that includes comprehensive experience, reliable counsel, and joint project planning. As an industry leader, we approach long-term vegetation management with a balance of efficiency and effectiveness. Rather than continuous disruption of vegetation and soil disturbance using other practices, which are ongoing and costly, we believe in promoting healthy understory vegetation using herbicide. Done correctly,
Woody and Coniferous Vegetation Control:
Since the first utility line was stretched to run power across the land, managers have had to manipulate vegetation as to not interfere with the line and obstruct service. Today, we have multiple management options to effectively and efficiently clear tall growing trees, hazard trees
Generally, utility right of ways
Utilizing a low impact ground crew with very little disturbance within the right of way, we can selectively target unwanted species and only use herbicide where it is needed, a best practice for cost and environmental stewardship. We target noxious weeds, tall growing woody plants
Management Protocols and Preliminary Vegetation Modification:
Line vegetation densities vary from site to site. In order for an herbicide ground crew to truly be effective, some preliminary work using sawyers, masticators
Order of Operation:
- Monitor and survey each line
- Designate priority areas
- Choose management technique
- Design a long-term management schedule
- Implement the work
- Monitor and survey results
- Archive the data
Why herbicide ground crews are the overall best practice for long-term vegetation management:
Using herbicide, you can successfully control undesirable vegetation and reconstitute low-lying understory canopy, which will prohibit seedlings from growing and establishing. Once control is achieved, less maintenance will be required. For instance, if a saw crew was to cut down an alder or aspen stand, both resilient species, each will regrow with more vigor. However, if
Herbicide Treatment Using Helicopters:
Helicopters are great tools for large-scale herbicide treatment areas, but why does this method not work for controlling shrubs and trees on a long-term treatment schedule within a right of way? The answer is simple: In order to achieve control of a conifer, high rates of selective herbicide are needed. Unfortunately, even though these selective herbicides are formulated to be target specific, leaving desirable grasses and forbs, the high rates needed to kill trees also damage healthy, desirable vegetation. In turn, by damaging healthy, understory vegetation, a conifer release is often the result. This is counter-productive to the overall long-term agenda. Helicopter applications can best be utilized during the first year of an IVM. Reducing the vegetation density and encouraging a conifer release will reduce the viable seeds by allowing them to germinate, however, an herbicide ground crew must be available in subsequent years.