present a unique management problem for powerline right-of-way (ROW)
vegetation managers. Low-growing willow shrubs may be desirable
across a ROW, as they pose no safety or reliability threat to electricity
transmission. Other willow species are only desirable in the border
zone (along the edges of a ROW), while some are not desirable at
all, as they are tree-form with mature heights that threaten safety
and reliability of electricity transmission. The problem is how
to readily identify species in the fieldthose that can be
safely and cost effectively grown under the conductors versus those
are currently developing a photo-rich field guide for the identification
of willow species found in New York State, with support from the
New York Power Authority.
The following is a draft of the photo layout for the field guide.
We look forward to your comments
and suggestions on this draft.