Right-of-Way Stewardship Council

 

The Right-of-Way Stewardship Council (ROWSC) 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 will present the opportunity for utility companies to demonstrate thier committment to such standards. It will establish standards for responsible 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 (IVM) and best management practices to the utility vegetation management industry in order to maintain power system reliability and address ecological concerns.

 

The ROWSC model will follow the lead of the Electric 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 ROWSC 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.