Effectively managing undesirable vegetation contributes to public safety, benefiting many industries and the economy. Non-native species such as invasive weeds impact bio-diversity and are costly to local, state and federal government agencies tasked to manage them.
At the same time, brush and unmanaged vegetation on roadsides and rights-of-ways can impact wildlife, public safety and the delivery of much needed services. Responsible vegetation management is critical in establishing safe work areas, complying with regulations, maintaining infrastructure and preserving agricultural and natural lands in Australia. In particular, vegetation management under powerlines is a critical element in mitigating the risks of fire.
Vegetation management programmes should be proactive and integrated, using several approaches to reach a final goal. Of the many options such as cutting, mowing, and biological control, herbicides play a role in helping to manage invasive plants, weeds, shrubs and trees in utility, roadside, rail, forestry and bareground programmes. Each site requires a unique vegetation management programme, and solutions to address those challenges.