June 2016


New summary report looks at plant and animal response to vegetation management practices on rights-of-way

Effectively managing utility rights-of-way is about more than just keeping trees away from power lines. It’s taking an approach to vegetation management that considers the long-term affect it will have on the rights-of-way and the wildlife that may inhabit it. This is what initiated the Pennsylvania State Game Lands 33 (SGL33) research project and later the Green Lane Research and Demonstration site, or as many know it, the Bramble and Byrnes research project.

Starting in 1953 with Drs. William Bramble and William Byrnes and continuing since, research cooperators from Penn State University have conducted important ecological research on these Pennsylvania rights-of-way. This research provides a road map for vegetation managers to better understand how various management techniques impact plant, animal and pollinator habitat.

Furthermore, it demonstrates that vegetation managers using integrated vegetation management (IVM) principles can satisfy the goals of stakeholders with ecological, economical, environmental and socially acceptable practices.

Recently, a report summarized the key findings of more than 60 years of this research in a white paper called Plant and Animal Response to Long-Term Vegetation Management Practices on Rights-of-Way.

Dow AgroSciences has been a proud partner on SGL33 and Green Lane and carries on that support today as it continues to deliver insightful findings to utility vegetation managers. To download a full summary report, visit http://sites.psu.edu/brambleandbyrnes.