Vegetation Management Inspection Form

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Utility vegetation management is the identification of and response to trees and brush that threaten power lines and other electrical facilities. It is an ongoing part of an electric co-op’s maintenance program, as it is critical to preventing power service interruptions. Hazardous trees and other vegetation can cause outages andimpede access to facilities when routine or emergency repairs are needed.  

This page will discuss: 

  • The importance of vegetation management for utilities
  • Who handles vegetation management, and who regulates it?
  • Why use a vegetation management app?

The importance of vegetation management

Utilities are required to maintain clearance between their transmission lines and surrounding trees at all times. Failure to prune vegetation or remove hazardous trees can result in billions of dollars in fines and loss of life and property. Hazardous trees are those that are unhealthy and have the potential to fall on a power line, which is a leading cause of service interruptions and wildfires. Vegetation management includes herbicide application, trimming or removing mature trees and incompatible target brush such as immature trees (which can become hazardous trees that encroach on power lines as they mature), as well as encouraging the growth of compatible vegetation like low-growing trees and shrubs that do not threaten the reliability of an electric system.

Who handles vegetation management? Who regulates it?

Only utility arborists who meet OSHA qualifications are legally permitted to conduct vegetation management within 10 feet of energized power lines and must work within federal, state, and local regulations. High voltage transmission lines operated above 200,000 volts (and some between 100kV and 200kV) are subject to North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Electric Reliability Standard FA-003-4, while lower-voltage distribution lines are controlled by the regulatory commission of each state. Some tree trimming activities that directly affect homeowners and involve local distribution (not transmission) are exclusively subject to state and local oversight.

Why use a vegetation management app?

A cost-effective vegetation management program requires a proactive approach, strict adherence to regulation standards, and meticulous recordkeeping. A mobile vegetation management app enables users to identify trees that need pruning or removal and utility arborists to locate them easily. The arborists can then send reports, including photos, directly from the field to maintain a central database where documentation is stored safely in the cloud where they can be accessed quickly and easily to prove compliance with NERC, state, and local regulations.

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Vegetation Management Inspection Form

Download this form to keep transmission lines protected from hazardous trees and prevent power service interruptions.

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Utility vegetation management is the identification of and response to trees and brush that threaten power lines and other electrical facilities. It is an ongoing part of an electric co-op’s maintenance program, as it is critical to preventing power service interruptions. Hazardous trees and other vegetation can cause outages andimpede access to facilities when routine or emergency repairs are needed.  

This page will discuss: 

  • The importance of vegetation management for utilities
  • Who handles vegetation management, and who regulates it?
  • Why use a vegetation management app?

The importance of vegetation management

Utilities are required to maintain clearance between their transmission lines and surrounding trees at all times. Failure to prune vegetation or remove hazardous trees can result in billions of dollars in fines and loss of life and property. Hazardous trees are those that are unhealthy and have the potential to fall on a power line, which is a leading cause of service interruptions and wildfires. Vegetation management includes herbicide application, trimming or removing mature trees and incompatible target brush such as immature trees (which can become hazardous trees that encroach on power lines as they mature), as well as encouraging the growth of compatible vegetation like low-growing trees and shrubs that do not threaten the reliability of an electric system.

Who handles vegetation management? Who regulates it?

Only utility arborists who meet OSHA qualifications are legally permitted to conduct vegetation management within 10 feet of energized power lines and must work within federal, state, and local regulations. High voltage transmission lines operated above 200,000 volts (and some between 100kV and 200kV) are subject to North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Electric Reliability Standard FA-003-4, while lower-voltage distribution lines are controlled by the regulatory commission of each state. Some tree trimming activities that directly affect homeowners and involve local distribution (not transmission) are exclusively subject to state and local oversight.

Why use a vegetation management app?

A cost-effective vegetation management program requires a proactive approach, strict adherence to regulation standards, and meticulous recordkeeping. A mobile vegetation management app enables users to identify trees that need pruning or removal and utility arborists to locate them easily. The arborists can then send reports, including photos, directly from the field to maintain a central database where documentation is stored safely in the cloud where they can be accessed quickly and easily to prove compliance with NERC, state, and local regulations.

What is Fulcrum?

Fulcrum is a no-code mobile data collection and workflow automation platform that helps you ditch pen and paper processes to modernize your field workforce. It enables you to create easy-to-use mobile apps — without coding — that increase the efficiency of your field operations while improving visibility, communication, and documentation so you can ensure the safety and compliance of your mobile teams, wherever they are.

Improve field processes

Track team effectiveness and productivity with rigorous processes and better data

Streamline reporting

Ensure accurate, up-to-date, accessible documentation for clients, managers, regulators and other stakeholders

Make data-driven decisions

Leverage real-time, geotagged data to determine next steps and make faster, more informed decisions

Request a demo

"It was almost instantaneous. It allows accountability for people running the job to see what their guys are doing to make sure they’re adhering to safety policies."

Jim Metz, VP of Safety at FM Sylvan

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