Right-of-Way Self-Maintenance Information|
FBEMC has been successfully treating our power line rights-
of-way with herbicides for several years. This program has
significantly reduced the amount of woody vegetation and
turned these corridors into grassland filled with flowers,
grasses, and other low growing herbaceous plants, providing
a safer, easier to navigate pathway to our power lines. This
in turn allows for faster service restoration times in the event
of an outage.
Some of our members have chosen to maintain their land
under our power lines to avoid herbicide treatment. Some
have turned this area into grazing land for their animals,
others have turned the area into a hayfield or even a garden,
while some simply mow it each year. Regardless of how it is
maintained, FBEMC is only targeting the vegetation that will
eventually grow into the power lines (trees or vines) or
vegetation that will impede our ability to access our facilities (bushes, briers, laurel and
rhododendron). It is important to remember that bushes and briers like blueberries or
raspberries will be treated if they are not cared for and maintained. Clearing all the growth
around each bush and trellising the briers will clearly identify they are being maintained and
should not be treated unless there is no alternate path to our power line.
If a member chooses to mow the right-of-way, it should be done at least once each year during
the dormant season and no later than May 31st so it is clear to our crews that the area is being
actively maintained. It is necessary to mow and clear the entire right-of-way. Any area that is
skipped is subject to herbicide treatment. The entire right-of-way should be cut to a height of 4
inches unless it is being used to raise crops. Please keep in mind we do NOT spray grasses or
other low growing flowers and herbaceous plants. We only target the vegetation that is going
to be a problem for our crews and our lines.
If you choose to maintain your own right-of-way you can, at your option, call your district office
and add your property to our owner-maintained list. This list does not guarantee that your
right-of-way would not be sprayed but simply identifies the areas that are supposed to be
maintained by the owners.
There are no contracts or other documents to sign in order to self-maintain your property.
Please keep in mind that working around aerial power lines is inherently dangerous and should
only be done by qualified personnel. Energized power lines can cause serious injury or be fatal
Below are some great examples of actual members who have elected to maintain their right-of