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Environment Concerns in Rights-of-Way Management 8th International Symposium - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444532237

Environment Concerns in Rights-of-Way Management 8th International Symposium

1st Edition

Editors: John Goodrich-Mahoney Lawrence Abrahamson Jennifer Ballard Susan Tikalsky
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444532237
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 6th March 2008
Page Count: 855


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The management of rights-of-way by electric and telephone utilities, highway departments, gas pipeline companies, and railroads around the world is guided and constrained by policies and regulations to protect the environment. Companies that manage rights-of-way are required to comply with these regulations, and are seeking the most cost-effective management practices that, at the same time, demonstrate stewardship of the environment. Protection of biodiversity and sustainable development are especially important as national goals in many countries, and rights-of-way managers are seeking practical ways to include public participation in their operations.

Key Features

  • Addresses environmental issues in rights-of-way planning and management
  • Provides a forum for information exchange among various agencies, industries, environmental consultants, and academic organizations
  • Presents peer-reviewed papers to help achieve a better understanding of current environmental issues involved in rights-of-way management


For all environmental scientists and urban and landscape planners; government organisations, such as environmental protection and regulatory agencies, and local authorities; environmental consultants in risk impact assessment.

Table of Contents



In Memoriam

Part I. Symposium Plenary Session

PlenarySessionOpeningRemarks and Presentations

Plenary Panel Session: "When the Lights Go Out: Environmental Choices and Consequences"

Part II. Vegetation Management

Vegetation Management Best Practices for Reliability and Ecosystem Management

Development of an Integrated Resource Management Strategy for Transmission Right-of-Way Corridors for Successful Implementation of Integrated Vegetation Management in California

Stable Plant Communities in the Pacific Northwest

Control of Woody Invasive Plants Using Mechanical and Chemical Treatments

Tree, Shrub, and Herb Succession and Five Years of Management Following the Establishment of a New Electric Transmission Right-of-Way through aWooded Wetland

Pepco's Environmental Stewardship on Transmission Line Right-of-Way Vegetation Management

A Broad-Based, IVM Approach to Right-of-Way Management on Long Island, NY

The Implementation of Vegetation Management Projects on U.S. Forest Service Lands: The Big Eddy-Ostrander Vegetation Project on the Mt. Hood National Forest

Purple Loosestrife Biological Control Program

Vegetation Management of Woody Deciduous Species with the Biological Herbicide Chondrostereum purpureum

Implications of Branch Strength Loss in Silver Maple Trees Converted from Round-over to V-trims During Electrical Line Clearance Operations

Exploiting Allelopathy as a Present and Future Tool in the Management of Rights-of-Way

Performance Standards for Assessing Vegetation Management on Rights-of-Way: Case Study of New York State DOT's Roadside Rights-of-Way Vegetation Management Program

The Application and Business Benefits of Aerial Laser Survey Techniques Used in the Management of Vegetation Encroachment within Transmission Rights-of-Way

Visual LandscapeMonitoring: A Tool for Characterizing and Managing Highway Corridor Landscapes

Modifications in Viewer Appreciation of Highway Landscape Following the Implementation of Ecological Management in Quebec, Canada

Vegetation Management of Aviation Rights-of-Way

Part III. Project Planning

Managing Environmental Compliance: A Study of Expansion, Replacement and Integrity Projects

Management of Cumulative Impacts in Transmission Line Siting

Fast-Track Permitting: A Case Study of the Kern River 2003 Expansion Project

Survey of Electric Utility Rights-of-Way Practitioners

An Environmental Strategic Siting Study and Public Process for a 500 kV Transmission Line Project in the Desert Southwest

EPRI-GTC Tailored Collaboration Project: A Standardized Methodology for Siting Overhead Electric Transmission Line

Getting the Crop to Market: Siting and Permitting Transmission Lines on Buffalo Ridge, Minnesota

When Public Convenience and Necessity Are Not Enough: Who Is Deciding Whether, Where, and How to Build Natural Gas Pipelines?

Planning a Large Diameter Pipeline in a Multi-Use Urban Corridor

Permitting and Building an Oil Pipeline in Lago Agrio, Ecuador

Management of Electrical Risks in Transmission Line - Pipeline Shared Rights-of-Way

The OCP Pipeline Project in Environmentally Sensitive Areas

Part IV. Cultural

Discovery and Recovery of Prehistoric Human Skeletal Remains from the Guardian Pipeline Corridor, Kendall County, Illinois

Large-Scale Cultural Landscapes in Rights-of-Way Management

Part V. Wildlife

The Relationship between Birds and Shrubs in a Power Line Right-of-Way

PacifiCorp's Bird Management Program: Integrating Reactive, Proactive, and Preventative Measures to Reduce Avian Mortality on Power Lines

Minimizing Bird Collisions:WhatWorks for the Birds and What Works for the Utility?

Bird Nesting Ecology on a Right-of-Way in Central Pennsylvania: Long-Term Effects of the Wire-Border Zone Method

Mitigation of Woodpecker Damage to Power Poles in British Columbia, Canada

Monk Parakeets: An Expanding Problem on Power Lines and Other Electrical Utility Structures

Assessment of Damage on Electric Transmission Wood Poles Caused by Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Ospreys and Transmission Lines in Lake Houston, TX: Problem and Solution

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) Electrocutions and Artificial Food Sources in Alaska

Cooperative Efforts by the Bonneville Power Administration to Promote

Ferruginous Hawk Nesting on the Department of Energy's Hanford Reservation in Washington State

A Case of White-Tailed Deer Controlling the Woody Vegetation in a Power Line Right-of-Way Located in aWinter Yard

Characteristics of DeciduousWoody Plant Summer Browse byWhite-tailed Deer on Electric Transmission Lines

Avian Shrub Land Management and Shrub Land Nesting Success

Bird-Caused Outages along the Bernalillo to Blackwater 345 kV Line in New Mexico

Bird Mortality Near High Voltage Transmission Lines in Burlington and Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Small Mammal Communities along Transmission Power Line Rights-of-Way in Deciduous Forests of Québec

Wildlife use of Riparian Vegetation Buffer Zones in High Voltage Powerline Rights-of-Way in Quebec Deciduous Forest

A Comparison of Desert Tortoise Populations along the Kern River Pipeline Right-of-Way 1991-2003

Desert Tortoise Mitigation: Lessons Learned a Case Study of the Kern River 2003 Expansion Project

Management of Power Line Easement Vegetation for Small Mammal Conservation in Australia: A Case Study of the Broad-toothed Rat (Mastacomys fuscus)

Vernal Pool Identification and Protection - Current and Future Permitting Implications

Pipeline Construction and Compliance with the Migratory Bird Convention Act

Impact of Natural Gas Pipeline Operation and Maintenance on Long-Term Population Viability of the Threatened Gopher Tortoise

Part VI. Biodiversity

Potential Implications of the Canadian Species at Risk Act on Oil and Gas Companies

Research Gaps Regarding the Ecological Effects of Fragmentation Related to Transmission-Line Rights-of-Way

Mitigation Measures for Rare Species During Necessary Maintenance Activities Within Existing Utility Rights-of-Way

Transmission Line Rights-of-Way as Enemy-Reduced Space for Moths (Lepidoptera)

Selected Non-native Plants of Rights-of-Ways (ROWs) in the Southeastern United States and Associated Impacts

Critical Habitat Assessment Using HEP Modeling in ROW Corridors

Part VII. Geographic Information Systems

Using a Mobile GIS Platform for Management of Noxious Weeds in the Mokelumne RiverWatershed of Northern California

Part VIII. Wetlands

Research of Wetland Construction and Mitigation Activities for Certificated Section 7(c) Pipeline Projects in the United States

Part IX. Soils

A Horizontal Directional Drilling Best Management Practices Manual

Inadvertent Slurry Returns during Horizontal Directional Drilling: Understanding the Frequency and Causes

Deep Compaction Resulting from Pipeline Construction - Potential Causes and Solutions

Effects of Heat from a Pipeline on Crop Growth - Interim Results

Part X. Pesticides

Ultra Low Volume Applications for Rights-of-Way

Part XI. Aquatic Life

Lake Erie Link Project: Assessment of Potential Construction Effects of Electric Cable Crossing(s) of Lake Erie

Impacts of Power Line Rights-of-Way on Forested Stream Habitat in Western Washington

Investigation of the Potential Effects of Marine Pipelines on Dungeness Crab Movement and Benthic Ecology

Investigations into Gas Pipeline Operational Noise and its Potential to Impact Toothed and Baleen Whales

Overview of the River and Stream Crossings Study

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) Aerial Hyperspectral Imaging and Groundtruthing Survey: Use of Aerial Hyperspectral Imaging in Defining Habitat Areas of Particular-Concern for Summer Flounder in a High-Energy Estuarine Environment

Part XII. Public Participation

Public Perception of Powerline Right-of-way Management: A Review of Current Knowledge

Barriers to Collaborative Nature Conservation Efforts in Rural Energy Corridors: A Case Study in Southern Quebec

Part XIII. Regulatory Compliance

Helms-Gregg 230 kV: Successfully Negotiating the NEPA Process

Afforestation on Power Line Rights-of-Way Using Speckled Alder (Alnus rugosa)

Part XIV. Fire Management

Right-of-Way Management by Eskom, South Africa

Development of a Wildfire Risk Management System for British Columbia

Transmission Corporation's Rights-of-Way

Part XV. Restoration

Restoration on a Pipeline Right-of-Way in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada

Desert Restoration on Pipeline Rights-of-Way

Symposium Participants

Author Index

Keyword Index


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About the Editors

John Goodrich-Mahoney

Affiliations and Expertise

Electric Power Research Institute Inc., Palo Alto, CA, USA

Lawrence Abrahamson

Jennifer Ballard

Susan Tikalsky