Case Studies

A Delicate Balance: Nature And Technology

The mention of Kennedy Space Center (KSC) or Cape Canaveral Air Force Base — jointly known as the Cape Canaveral Spaceport — is likely to conjure similar images in the minds of most Americans: spacecraft, launch pads, F-16s and other high-tech, scientific marvels. After all, the Cocoa Beach, Fla., area is best known for 50-plus years of advances in space travel. Well, that and I Dream of Jeannie.

Alabama Electric Utility In Full Swing With Its Integrated Vegetation Management Program

Changing traditional practices means getting out of one's comfort zone, and Florence Utilities did just that when it initiated an integrated vegetation management (IVM) program back in 2005. While the driving force was to maintain right-of-ways (ROWs) more economically, the additional benefit of enhanced wildlife habitat and reduced maintenance costs proved it was a win for all involved: the utility, the landowners and the wildlife.

Arsenal AC Helps Landowner Balance Interests Of Silviculture And The Environment

Abundant turkey, quail and deer that call the forest home. Creating the perfect pine forest means achieving these two management goals. And that's exactly what Brookes Lawton, a forest landowner in Allendale, South Carolina, has accomplished.

Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative Changes With The Times

Cindy Jenkins, a right-of-way (ROW) forester with Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative in Jackson, Ohio, spends a good portion of her time on vegetation management. Her job, however, entails much more than just managing weeds along utility ROWs.

Can-Do In Kansas

Like much of the southeastern United States, Kansas is plagued with Johnsongrass — a tall and graceful weed that can thrive in even the smallest patch of disturbed soil. So widespread is this noxious invader that it poses a serious threat to the state's natural and cultivated plant resources.

Control that "Sticks"

If you’re driving down a road in southeastern Iowa and smell citrus, it’s probably because Chris Henze and his Johnson County road crew are nearby, battling a patch of Japanese knotweed. Their weapon: A thick concoction that smells like lemon and sticks like glue.

Fighting Water Hyacinth In Orange Creek

At first glance, Florida wouldn't seem a likely candidate for elaborate water conservation efforts. The state is filled with expansive wetland ranges and surrounded on three sides by water.

Land Owner Plants An Appreciation Of Our Forests

The preferences, passions and land management styles of forest landowners are as varied and complex as the parcels they own. Dr. Walt McPhail's passion as a landowner is to help others learn about the benefits of proper forest management. Not surprisingly, his land is a veritable “how-to” model for pine forest management.

Maintaining A Tradition With Proper Forestland Management

In the southern United States, families tend to cherish longstanding traditions and maintain a commitment to customs and values that pass from generation to generation. The McGowin family of Chapman, Ala., is no exception. For more than 100 years, family members have worked diligently to create and manage a legacy of forestland ownership and timber operations.

Melaleuca Lockdown In Loxahatchee

The Loxahatchee Slough Natural Area is a 12,000-acre mosaic of wetlands, pine flatwoods, cypress swamps and wet prairies on the northeastern edge of the Everglades in Palm Beach County, Fla. It provides the largest area of habitat for threatened Florida sandhill cranes and other wading birds. Endangered snail kites and wood storks also call the Slough home, along with many other threatened species of birds and reptiles.

Merging Management Programs

EnergyUnited was created via the merger of two electric membership cooperatives. One of the challenges in merging the two was integrating the distinctly different right-of-way (ROW) programs. Forming the ideal plan for the new company took research, a desire to learn, strong partnerships and clear goals.

Minnesota Utility Cuts Costs, Improves Performance

The year 2003 could be remembered as the year the world went dark. The great New England blackout and Italy's nationwide power outage taught us all the costly nature of grid failures. It also showed how easily we take a reliable, uninterrupted flow of power for granted.

No Place To Hide

A tall, dense stand of Carrizo cane (Arundo donax) along the Rio Grande can hide anything from illegal immigrants to Mexican cattle carrying ticks that transmit Texas fever. Ranchers and government officials have teamed up to tear down this wall of vegetation, and restore native grass and willow along the border.

Research, Resources, Results

With these numerous challenges facing DOTs, partnerships with university researchers, conservation organizations, herbicide applicators and distributors are imperative to the success of a roadside vegetation management program. Purdue University researcher Dr. Zach Lowe sees the impact of this research as more DOTs look to stakeholder partnering for vegetation management solutions. “It's not that partnerships are a new idea,” he said, “But fighting invasive weeds today and finding unique solutions within tight budgets can require some very outside- the-box thinking and unique partnerships.”

Running Weeds Out Of Town On A Rail

Excess vegetation in and around railroad tracks and in rail yards can interfere with workers who inspect the rails to ensure safe conditions.

Seedhead Suppression Helps Keep Georgia Roads And Workers Safe Plateau Herbicide Contributes To Less Mowing And Cost Savings

With an abundance that may even rival Georgia's more famous crops, bermudagrass is a perennial, warm-season grass that blankets roadsides throughout the state. Because it permits drainage to keep roadways clear of puddles and stays green throughout most of the spring and summer, bermudagrass is a prime contributor to keeping Georgia's roadsides beautiful. But, because bermudagrass grows rapidly and can withstand a wide range of weather conditions, it can quickly grow to clog roadsides, prevent water runoff and inhibit driver visibility if left uncontrolled.

Setting The Tone For Cost Savings

Brian Conary, a lifetime resident of Calhoun County, is a project manager and 12-year veteran of the CCHD vegetation management program. With his team, Conary has developed an innovative and data-driven strategy to maintain the county roadsides to keep them clear of vegetation and safe for drivers. He also is responsible for protecting the roadside environment as a natural area, and is tasked with meeting his goals on a limited county budget.

Shoring Up Resources To Fight Phragmites

Door County is on Money magazine's "Top 10 Vacation Destinations in North America" and was voted "Best Small Town Getaway in the Midwest" by Midwest Living magazine in 2007. The Door Peninsula, which juts into Lake Michigan just north of Green Bay, Wis., is studded with small towns and villages, as well as 15 parks and 10 lighthouses.

Site Preparation Using OneStep® Herbicide

Mowers and bulldozers are often used to prepare tracts for replanting pine trees following a clearcut harvest. But for each hardwood stem you cut down with a bulldozer or mower blade, multiple stems can shoot up in its place. That's why using OneStep® herbicide for site preparation makes more financial sense than mechanical site preparation. Just ask Dr. Alan Belcher of Brent, Alabama. He swears by BASF products to clear unwanted hardwoods that muscle in on his pine forests.

Small Airport With Big History Cuts Cost, Time & Mowing With Vegetation Management

More than 82,000 flights a year come in and out of Acadiana Regional Airport, located about 40 miles southwest of Baton Rouge, La. Now considered a premier “General Aviation and Industrial Airport complex,” the airport's history started in military aviation.

Sportsman's Paradise: A BASF ProVM Success Story

Trophy whitetail bucks, abundant quail and wild turkey, monster catfish and bass. Sounds like a sportsman's paradise, doesn't it?
That's exactly what owners Randy and Susan Powell had in mind when they opened High Pine Hunting Preserve and Lodge in late 2001.

Tackling Tallowtree: Studies show new Chinese tallowtree treatment not harmful to hardwoods

Slash, spray, trudge, repeat – used to be the treatment prescription for controlling invasive Chinese tallowtree (Spium sebiferum) without risking collateral damage to the surrounding natural habitat. The time-consuming drudge through a muggy marsh, hacking Chinese tallowtree with an ax to spray herbicide into the targeted trees can now be replaced by broadcast or helicopter application with the same selective effect.

Ultra Low-Volume Application

Managing a right-of-way (ROW) corridor is essential to ensure reliability and maintain healthy wildlife habitat. Halting natural succession at the shrub stage is fundamental to long-term environmental and economic benefits to utilities and customers. With thousands of miles of ROW and budgets to be managed in the United States, a cost-effective, efficient application method is The advantages to using this method include:

Willapa National Wildlife Refuge

On the southwest coast of Washington State, a pristine estuary bears witness to a time before people settled the Pacific Northwest. The Willapa National Wildlife Refuge contains more than 15,000 acres of tidelands, temperate rainforest and ocean beaches, as well as rare remnants of an old growth coastal cedar forest.


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