Minutes-7 APRIL 15
SHREWSBURY CONSERVATION COMMISSION
Meetings: 1st Tuesday@5:15 PM
450 Frank Lord Rd.
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|Louise Duda – Chair
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Do You Own Land in the VELCO Right Of Way in Shrewsbury?
A portion of the Vermont Electric Utility Company (VELCO) power line corridor passes through many Shrewsbury properties. VELCO has recently returned to the use of applied herbicides to control vegetation within this Right Of Way (ROW). The Shrewsbury Conservation Commission has been concerned about this method of vegetation control and our investigation into VELCO’s integrated management system revealed to us that it is a well executed system with several advantages. However it does involve the use of herbicides with its associated concern for potential impacts to human and environmental health.
The World Health Organization’s division, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, said glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Monsanto Co herbicide Roundup, is “classified as probably carcinogenic to humans”, and there is evidence that glyphosate is carcinogenic in humans for non-Hodgkin lymphoma as well. Although safer than herbicides used in the past, glyphosate is more toxic than originally thought, especially when combined with inert ingredients that help it pass through plant membranes to be more effective. It also has a lethal effect on amphibians. For these reasons, the SCC urges all landowners to use alternatives to herbicide use around their yards and to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of their use with the potential health and environmental risks.
This year, VELCO will be spraying herbicides again as part of their 4 year cycle of vegetation maintenance. IF YOU WISH TO OPT OUT OF THE SPRAYING OF HERBICIDES on land you own in the ROW, here is what you can do. In February, Green Mountain Power’s electric bill, contains a form that can be turned in to GMP that requests that they refrain from spraying herbicides on your property. There is no address on the form, but you can send it to
GMP 163 Acorn Lane, Colchester, VT 05446, or call 888-835-4672.
What happens with this form is that it becomes part of a statewide database and should get to VELCO. VELCO has also told the SCC that you can contact them directly by phone or mail to make the request in February. The Vermont Public Service Board Rule 3.6 allows for a utility to collect an administrative fee to honor this request, but VELCO chooses not to do so, so there is no cost to request no herbicide spraying. A copy of the form letter is also available on our town web page under SCC, herbicide information.
Information on Invasive Plant Species
If you think you have identified an invasive plant in your area, the SCC would like to know about it. Please contact any member or email the Shrewsbury Conservation Commission at email@example.com.
1) The VT invasive plant virtual toolkit lists many websites that will be helpful if you are looking for information on invasive plants. Excellent collection!
2.) This tutorial is fun! It provides excellent photos of invasive plants and information about them, plus you can take a quick quiz afterward to check your understanding.
3.) The most current list of invasive plant species in Vermont
4.)For a super link on invasive plant treatment information, go to www.vtinvasives.org Click on “Plants”, click on “gallery of invaders”, click on the species you’re interested in, and look at the bottom left corner of that page for the brown “fact sheet” button(you may need to scroll down the page to see it). Then, click on the brown button to access detailed treatment information.