BCES Vegetation Management Program
Properly planted and maintained trees can improve air quality and beautify our community. However, trees placed too close to power lines create fire and safety hazards and cause power outages.
BCES has an obligation to provide safe and reliable electric service to our customers. Our Customers have given permission (#5 Application for Service) to cut, trim, treat by chemical means or otherwise control or remove trees, shrubbery, brush, or other vegetation to maintain our electric system right of way that may encroach upon overhead power lines and equipment.
Currently, BCES crews prune thousands of trees every year. BCES uses a technique called "directional pruning" to train trees to grow away from overhead lines. This technique, recommended by the National Arborist Association®, is healthier for trees than "topping" or "rounding" tree growth. Following this method limits the need for additional future pruning and keeps branches at a safe distance from power lines
BCES also uses targeted spraying on all power lines. We currently spray certain areas each year on a 5-year rotating cycle to cover the entire electric system. The State of Tennessee ensures compliance by requiring NaturChem to be a licensed Commercial Applicator in the State of Tennessee.
Spraying Services are contracted out by public bid. NaturChem is the current contractor for 2019-2020. NaturChem has been in business since 1987. (www.naturchem.net) NaturChem is very diligent in their efforts. NaturChem used the herbicide Viewpoint® by Bayer® to spray power line right-of-way. The chemical was applied using backpacks at ultra-low volume. They target woody stem brush/trees and vines along the power lines. For more information on the chemical visit.
Bayer Viewpoint® helps vegetation managers control the toughest brush species affecting power line rights-of-way so they can minimize service interruptions, labor-intensive hand-cutting and mechanical clearing, and maximize safety along rights-of-way. Viewpoint uses two modes of action and three active ingredients to allow for better weed management. The low-use-rate formulation has a favorable environmental profile and helps improve efficiencies associated with transportation and storage.
NaturChem and BCES work closely to ensure compliance.
If you need additional information or would like to contact BCES or NaturChem, feel free to contact our office at 731-584-8251 or NaturChem at 803-837-2233 or www.naturchem.net