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Creating better habitat for safer,
more reliable power


Like many power companies, TVA takes a comprehensive, long-term approach to managing vegetation in transmission rights of way. This approach, called integrated vegetation management, is based on a carefully planned, multidimensional strategy developed in consultation with forestry and habitat experts.

Integrated vegetation management aims to improve safety and prevent power outages by creating healthy and self-sustaining ecosystems in the rights of way. These ecosystems foster beneficial, attractive and low-maintenance habitat where tall trees won’t grow and other, more benign forms of vegetation can thrive.

Less flexible approaches that focus solely on mowing and cutting leave viable roots and stumps that can re-sprout and require ongoing maintenance. 


Sprouts emerge from a tree removed solely by cutting.

Integrated vegetation management harnesses the power of nature to create permanent habitat dominated by woodland grasses, ferns, and low-growing shrubs like blueberries and blackberries. By combining selective use of herbicides with physical removal, integrated vegetation management can more thoroughly eradicate problem vegetation and allow more compatible species to fill in, making it harder for tall-growing trees to reestablish.






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