Annual Vegetation Management Program begins in May

Vegetation growth along our power lines, access roads and terminal stations is a safety concern to both Hydro crews and the public. Trees are excellent electricity conductors and can cause safety risks like fire and outages when they come into contact or grow too close to power lines.

Hydro’s Vegetation Management Plan helps to control vegetation in order to maintain the safety and reliability of our lines including manual brush clearing, tree trimming and the selective use of herbicides.

This year’s program begins in early May and is expected to run until October, pending weather and vegetation conditions.

When will the program start in my region?

  • Eastern Newfoundland: August 20, 2024
  • Central Newfoundland: June 11, 2024
  • Northern Peninsula: June 11, 2024
  • Western Newfoundland: June 10, 2024
  • Labrador: July 1, 2024
  • Dykes and Dams Program: May 6, 2024

Note: All start dates are approximate.

What products will be used?

All the products we use are federally registered and highly regulated. Products to be used this year include:

• Aspect Herbicide (PCP# 31641)
• Banvel VM (PCP# 29249)
• Clearview (PCP# 29752)
• Dupont Escort (PCP# 23005)
• Garlon RTU (PCP#29334)
• Garlon XRT (PCP# 28945)
• Gateway Adjuvent (PCP# 31470)
• Hasten NT (PCP# 28277)
• Hasten NT Ultra (PCP# 31760)
• Navius Flex (PCP# 30922)
• Vanquish (PCP# 26980)

What areas will be affected?

A complete list of areas, program status, and map is included below. Signage will be posted in each area following treatment. If you are aware of any wells near the treatment areas listed below, please call us at 1-888-737-1296 or email hydro@nlh.nl.ca.

Eastern

Petit Forte Distribution
Herbicides: Clearview, Garlon XRT, Gateway or Hasten NT Ultra
Status: Not Started
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Soldiers Pond Site Access Road
Herbicides: Garlon XRT and Surfactant
Status: Not Started
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Central

Chipper Road (GFW) to Bay d’Espoir Highway (L3501/3502)
Herbicides: Garlon XRT, Clearview and Surfactant
Status: Not Started
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Mint Brook Access Road
Herbicides: Garlon XRT and Surfactant
Status: Not Started
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Stony Brook to Cobbs Pond (TL210)
Herbicides: Escort, Banvel VM or Vanquish, Gateway or Hasten NT Ultra
Escort and Surfactant
Status: Not Started
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Stony Brook to Great Rattling Brook (TL204/TL 231)
Herbicides: Escort, Banvel VM or Vanquish, Gateway or Hasten NT Ultra
Escort and Surfactant
Status: Not Started
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Bottom Waters Distribution
Herbicides: Clearview, Garlon XRT, Gateway or Hasten NT Ultra
Status: Not Started
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South Brook Distribution
Herbicides: Clearview, Garlon XRT, Gateway or Hasten NT Ultra
Status: Not Started
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Western

Birchy Lake to Taylors Brook Rd (Camp 172 Branch) L3501/3502
Herbicides: Banvel VM, Escort and Surfactant
Status: Not Started
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Southern Long Range Mountains/Eagle Mountain L3501/3502
Herbicides: Garlon XRT, Clearview and Surfactant
Status: Not Started
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Birchy Lake Voyins Brook L3501/3502
Herbicides: Garlon XRT, Clearview and Surfactant
Status: Not Started
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Northern

Cormack to Gros Morne Park Boundary (TL 226, TL 239)
Herbicides: Garlon, Clearview and Surfactant
Status: Not Started
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Middle Brook/Shoal Cove (L3501/3502)
Herbicides: Garlon XRT, Clearview and Surfactant
Status: Not Started
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Squid Cove (L3501/3502)
Herbicides: Garlon XRT, Clearview and Surfactant
Status: Not Started
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Long Range Mountains North (L3501/3502)
Herbicides: Garlon XRT, Clearview and Surfactant
Status: Not Started
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Sheffield Lake Access Road
Herbicides: Garlon XRT and Surfactant
Status: Not Started
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Lynx Pond Access Road
Herbicides: Garlon XRT and Surfactant
Status: Not Started
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Labrador

Churchill Falls to Twin Falls (230kv)
Herbicides: Aspect, Garlon XRT and Garlon RTU
Status: Not Started
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Esker Road, Gabbro Control Structure to mile 61 (66kv)
Herbicides: Aspect, Garlon XRT and Garlon RTU
Status: Not Started
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Structure 126L1 to Structure 155L1 (735kv)
Herbicides: Aspect, Garlon XRT, and Garlon RTU
Status: Not Started
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Between Cache River and Wilson River (315kv)
Herbicides: Aspect, Garlon XRT and Garlon RTU
Status: Not Started
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St Paul’s River Road (STRs 645-900) L3501/3502
Herbicides: Navius Flex and Surfactant
Status: Not Started
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Muskrat Falls Access Road
Herbicides: Garlon XRT, Clearview and Surfactant
Status: Not Started
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Trans-Labrador Highway (STRs 86 to STR 248)
Herbicides: Garlon XRT, Clearview and Surfactant
Status: Not Started
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Dykes and Dams Program

Herbicides: Garlon RTU
Status: Starting May 6, 2024
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Churchill Falls Biting Fly Program

This year’s program for the biological control of mosquitoes and black flies in Churchill Falls, NL is scheduled take place from May 13 to September 13.

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Pestalto Environmental Health Services Inc will carry out the work with the authorization of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (permit no. 20-106) and under contract with Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro. Pestalto will use two larvicide formulations which contain B.t. H-14 and are produced by Valent Biosciences. VectoBac1200L PCP#21062 (Liquid) and VectoBac 200G PCP# 18158 (Granular) will be used to control both mosquito and black fly larvae by air and ground applications. Additional formulation Altosid Granular PCP# 22676 may be considered and applied during the 2024 program. For the immediate control of adult mosquitoes and black flies Prelude 240 PCP#26509 may also be considered and applied to foliage on the outskirts of town as a barrier spray.

For more information on the program, please contact Morgan Tyler, Pestalto Environmental Health Services Inc. at (519) 831-4750, Martina Blake, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro at (709) 925-8203, or the Pesticides Control Department at 1-800-563-6181.

Looking for more information?

For more information on Hydro’s Vegetation Management Program, read our Good to Know Post or call us at 1-888-737-1296. You can also contact the Department of Environment and Climate Change at (709) 729-2556.