Boyd, Jennifer M.
Dattilo, Adam J.; Alp, Neslihan
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The safe operation of electric transmission lines necessitates the suppression of tall, woody vegetation on associated rights-of-way (ROWs). Native warm season grasses (NWSG) are more expensive for ROW revegetation compared to typical exotic cool season grasses (ECSG), but they may alter the successional trajectory such that long-term maintenance costs are reduced. I conducted a cost-benefit analysis to determine if ROW revegetation with NWSG is cost effective compared to ECSG. I synthesized cost information obtained from the Tennessee Valley Authority regarding ROW planting and maintenance and data collected from a feasibility study of ROWs planted with NWSG. Revegetation with NWSG was found to be 6% more expensive than ECSG. The degree of woody suppression to make NWSG a worthwhile investment was found to be 12-21% using a break-even analysis. Despite the initial greater expense of NWSG, associated potential maintenance savings and indirect ecological, environmental, social, and economic benefits favor their use.
Tennessee Valley Authority; Roundstone Native Seed LLC; Oak Ridge National Laboratory
M. S.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science.
Roadside plants; Grasses; Revegetation; Electric lines -- Environmental aspects; Electric power distribution -- Environmental aspects; Landscape assessment -- Tennessee River Valley region
Tennessee Valley Authority -- Environmental aspects
xi, 96 leaves
Turk, Joseph R., "Assessing the costs and benefits of native plant species for electric transmission line right-of-way revegetation within the Tennessee Valley Authority power service area" (2015). Masters Theses and Doctoral Dissertations.