Dovetail to Act as Program Administrator for Right-of-Way Stewardship Accreditation Program

 

New certification program to highlight responsible vegetation management along North American rights-of-way

 

 

(Mpls, MN) – Dovetail Partners, a Minneapolis-based environmental think tank, is pleased to announce its role serving as program administrator for the newly formed Right-of-Way Stewardship Council (RSC). The RSC is an accreditation program that establishes standards for responsible right-of-way (ROW) vegetation management, initially focused on high-voltage electric transmission corridors throughout North America. The aim of the program is to promote the application of integrated vegetation management and best management practices to the utility vegetation management industry in order to maintain power system reliability and address ecological concerns. An accreditation model is being pursued to provide standards of excellence for environmental stewardship and will present the opportunity for utility companies to demonstrate their commitment to such standards. While initially focused on the North American high-voltage power grid, the program will be easily adaptable to other ROW users.

 

The RSC model will follow the lead of Electrical Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) Standards for Assessing Performance of Integrated Vegetation Management on Rights-of-Way and is informed by other well-established accreditation programs found in the forest industry such as the Forest Stewardship Council and Sustainable Forestry Initiative. The RSC will establish management standards based on a set of predetermined principles, require a formal application process, and enlist third-party auditors to ensure compliance with standards.

 

Dovetail will provide program administration and organizational leadership services, working closely with the RSC Board. “Dovetail looks forward to working with the RSC Board and providing vital program services to ensure program adoption, growth and future success,” states Kathryn Fernholz, Dovetail Partners’ Executive Director.

 


 

About Dovetail Partners

Dovetail Partners provides authoritative information about the impacts and trade-offs of environmental decisions, including consumption choices, land use, and policy alternatives. Dovetail is a highly skilled team that fosters sustainability and responsible behaviors by collaborating to develop unique concepts, systems, models and programs. Dovetail Partners acts as the Right-of-Way Stewardship program administrator and provides organizational leadership services to the program, working closely with the Right-of-Way Stewardship Council Board. Dovetail Partners is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

 

About Right-of-Way Stewardship Council

Right-of-Way Stewardship Council is an accreditation program that is being pursued by a diverse group of stakeholders to provide standards of excellence for environmental stewardship along rights-of-way (ROW) and presents the opportunity for utility companies to demonstrate their commitment to such standards. It establishes standards for responsible ROW vegetation management within high-voltage electric transmission corridors. The aim of the program is to promote the application of integrated vegetation management and best management practices to the utility vegetation management industry in order to maintain power system reliability and address ecological concerns.