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Right-of-Way Spraying

For 2017, BARC will be applying herbicide in Bath, Highland and Rockbridge counties in the following areas:

Bath County

  1. All of the Mountain Grove, Big Back Creek and Little Back Creek areas.
  2. Just south of Bacova to Lake Moomaw.
  3. Warm Springs north on the 220 corridor including McGuffin Lane and Hidden Valley, Poorfarm and Big and Little Valley; as well as Burnsville and Muddy Run.
  4. We will also be spraying our Transmission Line that runs from Goshen to Callaghan along with a lateral that runs from Bacova Junction to Mountain Grove.

Highland County

  1. BARC’s lines south of Monterey along 220 including Bolar and Big Valley. 
  2. The Straight Creek, Possum Trot, Halterman Hollow and Jack Mountain areas. 
  3. Also, McDowell, Doe Hill, Palo Alto, Headwaters and Flood. 

Rockbridge County

From the Bath County line to Goshen along the Transmission line only.

BARC ROW Maintenance

In the interest of public safety, the safety of line workers, and to help limit weather-related interruptions or outages, BARC Electric Cooperative regularly trims trees that could come into contact with power lines.

When a tree touches a power line the tree becomes energized and short circuits the power line to the ground. When this happens your lights will blink, maybe several times, and then may go out completely. Computers and digital clocks will have to be restarted or reset. Trees that are too close to the power line can be blown down by wind or knocked down by the weight of ice into the power line. If this happens the lines can be torn down and poles can be broken, resulting in prolonged, expensive outage repairs.

There is another good reason for trimming trees: public safety. If a tree is too close to a power line, then a child or pet climbing the tree could reach out and touch the wire.
We trim trees along primary transmission and distribution lines on an eight year cycle. We are granted permission to trim trees by both written and prescriptive easements.

The use of herbicide to prevent regrowth of woody plant species is an integral part of BARC’s right-of-way maintenance program. One or two years after the floor of the right-of-way has been cut, an herbicide mixture is applied using a low volume selective foliar method to prevent regrowth of woody plant species that could grow up into the power lines later. High volume herbicide application will only be used if the brush density is such that the selective method would be impractical. Only woody plant species that could grow to a height that would touch the power lines are targeted for herbicide. The selective low volume foliar application method allows grasses, low broad leaf plants, berry bushes, rhododendron, and other laurel species to remain.

BARC’s contract right-of-way crew, Pittman Tree and Landscaping, Inc., performs the bulk of the work on the system.  Pittman Tree and Landscaping has three arborists on staff certified by the International Society of Arboriculture and the Tree Care Industry Association. In addition, Pittman Tree and Landscaping has a Class 6 Spray License issued by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and applies all herbicides in strict conformance to the manufacturer’s instructions and environmental regulations.