Jones-Onslow’s goal is to provide safe, reliable and economical electric service to our customers. To do this, we must manage the growth of certain vegetation that could interfere with providing you reliable service.
Cooperative crews manage unwanted vegetation on right-of-way using a variety of methods which are periodically evaluated for safety and environmental impact. The cooperative uses an Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) approach which includes mechanical (equipment such as tractors and chain saws) and chemical methods.
Maintenance is performed on a regular basis and is conducted throughout the year. When herbicides are used, applicators use small amounts of Garlon 3A (Dow Agro), Escort (Bayer), and Method (Bayer). All of these products have been tested and approved for this use by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Jones-Onslow manages its right-of-way with concern for the environment. The use of herbicides results in the growth of vegetation that serves as food and shelter for many animals, such as rabbits, squirrels, deer and birds.
Right-of-way maintenance is performed on a regular three-year rotating cycle and performed throughout the year. The spraying portion of the IVM Program, which will be conducted this year from the southwest area of Onslow County towards Holly Ridge and Sneads Ferry, is seasonal.