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Maintaining Habitats

Years of experience and studies show that the safest and most efficient way to keep electric rights-of-way clear of trees and brush is through the careful use of herbicides. We use a selective herbicide program that assures safe and easy access for our service and maintenance needs while preserving natural surroundings, including wildlife habitat, for all to enjoy.

With less competition for moisture, sunlight and nutrients, a meadow filled with grasses, legumes and wildflowers can evolve. Research shows that this type of setting enhances wildlife and provides a better environment for wildlife to live. This type of vegetation is ideal for many species of wildlife.

Product Safety

The herbicides that we use work on enzymes found only within plants, not people or animals. These herbicides enter through the leaves or bark and are moved within the plant to control it from the inside. All of the products we use have undergone years of testing and are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

All herbicides are applied by certified applicators, or under their direct supervision. Applicators must conform to all local, state, and federal laws in regard to herbicides.

Cost Savings

The use of herbicides can reduce the cost of vegetation control by up to 75%. Trees that are cut or mowed have to be re-cleared every few years and the density only gets worse and more costly to keep under control.

   All herbicides are applied by certified applicators, or under their direct supervision. Applicators must conform to all local, state, and federal laws in regard to herbicides.

Herbicides reduce the overall stem density, which in turn decreases the amount of money needed to maintain the same right-of-way over time. The ability to save money and provide quality habitat for wildlife is a win-win for all that are involved.

Frequently Asked Questions

How safe are the herbicides Ozarks Electric Cooperative uses?
Every herbicide we use has met stringent EPA safety testing standards. When applied according to the labels' directions they do not represent an unreasonable risk to people, organisms or the environment.

Will herbicide applications harm my pets?
Not if the label directions are followed. Our applicators always apply herbicides according to directions and only use products that are registered with the EPA and safe to apply around animals.

How do we know that herbicides are not harmful to wildlife or humans?
Herbicides are one of the most regulated products in the United States. Products must go through up to 120 tests and can take up to 10 years to become registered. It takes millions of dollars in safety tests before a product can be put on the market. All of the tests are required and reviewed by the EPA.

What are some of the common names for the herbicides Ozarks Electric uses?
We use several herbicides, but the most common are Accord XRT, Escort XP, Arsenal Powerline, Garlon 4 and Stalker.