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CEO Corner

Integrated vegetation management improves services for all

One of the most iconic characteristics of the Ozarks is the vast amount of natural beauty that surrounds us every day. We know that this is a big part of why many of our members are so proud to call the Ozarks home.

At White River Valley Electric Cooperative, we strive to balance maintaining beautiful surroundings and ensuring a reliable power supply by keeping power lines clear in rights of way (ROW).

At WRVEC, we are continually trying to improve our processes so that we can operate in the most efficient manner possible. This ensures that our members continue to receive the most reliable power at the most affordable rates. With that spirit of efficiency in mind, we have implemented an integrated vegetation management program at WRVEC that is helping our members receive safe and reliable power. In the past, members might have thought of this as “tree trimming,” but the IVM program encompasses far more than trimming a few limbs every spring.

The full IVM program is the process of tree clearing, pruning, mowing, and herbicide application. Adhering to this preventative program helps us to ensure that we can continue to provide reliable power to our members while maintaining the beauty of our community.

Safety is paramount when dealing with vegetation management around power poles and lines. Only qualified WRVEC line clearance arborists, approved contractors, and trainees who meet OSHA qualifications are legally permitted to work within 10 feet of power lines, or work on a tree that has branches within 10 feet of power lines. Homeowners should never take do this kind of work themselves. If you have a question or a tree that you think might pose an issue, contact WRVEC right away.

Our community is a special place. We appreciate the beauty trees afford, but we also know our members depend on us to provide reliable energy. Through integrated vegetation management, we are better able to keep the power lines clear, prepare for future weather events and secure the reliability of the grid.