The potential impact of vegetation management herbicides has been studied almost as long as they have been used. The environment is always and essential element to account for when managing vegetation. Using management tools such as mowing, herbicides, biological or any combination of methods all can have an effect on surrounding ecosystems. There are numerous studies that examine the different management methods as they relate to environmental impact.
Maintaining the biodiversity of the landscape has been an increasing concern for vegetation managers over the past decade. Groups like the North American Rights-of-Way Research Consultants help provide evidence that vegetation management can provide many positive benefits to plant and animal species. Either way you look at it, vegetation management is best executed when three goals are met: safety for workers, reliability of infrastructure and maintaining a healthy, biodiverse area.