Vegetation Management
Through its wide array of companies and affiliates, The Townsend Company, LLC, can provide a wide array of vegetation management solutions for clients that go well beyond just “cutting a tree.”

Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) is the use of multiple techniques and methodologies in a coordinated program approach to strategically control vegetation and provide the lowest total system cost. With the use of modern IVM techniques and advanced herbicides that target invasive species, Townsend provides the best in habitat management. Along with our research partners, Townsend helps redefine right of way stewardship.

Townsend Tree Service provides mechanical trimming, line clearance, mowing, reclamation of right-of-ways and herbicide application services that best meet a client’s strategy and goals. Our field managers work with clients to offer the optimum solutions to meet their needs. We understand the need for utilities to comply with the latest NERC Reliability Standards. We understand that many customer requirements may be driven by local government or environmental concerns. And we know that in many cases a longer-term Integrated Vegetation Management strategy may be the lowest cost approach to meeting some or all of these requirements.

Power Line Clearance Requirements

Power line clearance requirements vary greatly depending on whether an electrical line is considered a transmission or distribution line. These strict regulations for vegetation management are set by both state and federal agencies to ensure trees and other vegetation are maintained, reducing the risk of fires and power outages. The team at Townsend Tree is well-versed on all power line clearance regulations across the United States. Our industrial vegetation management teams work with utility companies to create a tailored vegetation management plan that meets all regulations and the specific needs of your business.

How To Identify Hazard & Danger Trees Around Utility Lines

A danger tree is any tree, on or off the right of way, that can contact electric power lines. The ANSI 300 Part 7 provides definitions of “danger trees” as well as “hazard trees.” Both relate to the trees’ potential to come in contact with power lines. Understanding these danger tree situations and how to spot it can help prevent power outages, fires, and injuries.

Creating an Integrated Vegetation Management Plan

An integrated vegetation management (IVM) plan identifies and provides solutions for utility companies, municipalities and co-ops to create a safe pathway for workers and reduce blackouts. A well-formulated IVM plan takes state and federal minimum clearance regulations into consideration, along with the specific climate factors of your region. This helps companies like yours avoid fines and better serve customers.

Our crews utilize the best, most innovative equipment available to safely manage your line trimming and vegetation clearance needs. And our spray applicators are certified to all applicable standards to assure that the most professional service is provided with the utmost care and safety.

We work closely with all of the major herbicide suppliers to provide the latest in herbicide selection and application technology.

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