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Integrated Vegetation Management of Gas Pipelin...

SKU: GRI-01/0096
Integrated Vegetation Management of Gas Pipeline Rights-of-Way

Gas pipeline rights-of-way (ROWs) could be managed with an Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) approach to produce significant cost savings and diversify the ecological conditions of the pipeline plant and animal communities. IVM integrates the use of physical, chemical, cultural, and biological treatments for reducing pest plant populations to tolerable levels.
Document Type
Report
Report Type
Topical report
Report Period
11/00 - 12/01
Corporate Source
Gartman Environmental, LLC, Charleston, WV; Environmental Consultants, Inc., Stoughton, WI
Sponsor
GRI, Des Plaines, IL
Pagination
109p
Product Media
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Summary:
Gas pipeline rights-of-way (ROWs) could be managed with an Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) approach to produce significant cost savings and diversify the ecological conditions of the pipeline plant and animal communities. IVM integrates the use of physical, chemical, cultural, and biological treatments for reducing pest plant populations to tolerable levels. The electric utility industry is realizing benefits from the use of IVM to manage rights-of-way. This project reviewed existing literature on IVM programs and investigated the applicability of IVM to the natural gas industry. An annotated bibliography of 115 references comprises a large portion of the report. A survey of natural gas industry vegetation management practices was conducted. The study also summarized the major differences between the maintenance of pipeline ROWs and electric transmission ROW. Pipeline ROW establishment is much more disturbing to the ecosystem than the placement of transmission towers. A gap analysis determined that long-term vegetation management is seldom addressed and that the value of pipeline ROWs as wildlife habitat areas warrants more attention. An experimental design was created to test and demonstrate the impacts of IVM strategies. The design includes documentation of the experiment objectives, methods, treatments to be tested, and protocol.
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