Electric Power Rights of Way: A New Frontier for Conservation by Richard Conniff

Oct 16th, 2014 | By | Category: General

Often mowed and doused with herbicides, power transmission lines have long been a bane for environmentalists. But that’s changing, as some utilities are starting to manage these areas as potentially valuable corridors for threatened wildlife.

Nobody loves electrical power transmission lines. They typically bulldoze across the countryside like a clearcut, 150 feet wide and scores or hundreds of miles long, in a straight line that defies everything we know about nature. They’re commonly criticized for fragmenting forests and other natural habitats and for causing collisions and electrocutions for some birds. Power lines also have raised the specter, in the minds of anxious neighbors, of illnesses induced by electromagnetic fields.

For more on this story, visit: Electric Power Rights of Way: A New Frontier for Conservation by Richard Conniff: Yale Environment 360.

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