What is the 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.


Visit the ROWSC website to learn more: http://www.rowstewardship.org/



What is the Right-of-Way Stewardship Accreditation Standard?


The ROWSC Accreditation Standards for Assessing Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) Excellence establish the technical requirements for applicants seeking ROW Steward accreditation. The standards are applied in an independent audit of an applicant’s integrated vegetation management program to aid in identifying excellence. The standards support excellence and environmental stewardship in responsible vegetation management within high-voltage electric transmission corridors. The standards were revised following completion of pilot assessments and the use of interim standards in 2013.



How is Dovetail Involved in the ROWSC?


Dovetail serves as program administrator and provides organizational leadership services, working closely with the ROWSC Board. Dovetail's partnership with the ROWSC will ensure program adoption, growth and future success within the utility vegetation management industry. As the program grows, the partnership will also promote and allow for program adoption by other ROW users and IVM professionals.


For additional information, contact Kathryn Fernholz, katie@dovetailinc.org or (612) 333-0430.