Exelon Corporation

Mt Vista Park

Upper Falls, Maryland, United States

Certified through 2022

Project Name
Project Type
Mt. Vista Park IVM
Integrated Vegetation Management

About the Program
Exelon Corporation’s Mt Vista Park program is located northeast of Baltimore, Maryland, near a Baltimore County public park. The 10-acre right-of-way contains native shrub, grass, and forb species, and is managed in an Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) program to enhance habitat for native plant and pollinator communities. The project aligns with Exelon’s commitment to Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) to manage transmission ROW’s in a manner that promotes native biodiversity.

Practices and Impacts

  • In June 2020, the BGE IVM strategy was revised to prioritize and expand management practices of BGE's ROW based on WSSI's land cover analysis. The landcover analysis ranked areas at 1 - 4, with 4 presenting high potential for IVM and 1 presenting low potential. As such BGE is committed to converting 100% of lands ranked as 3 and 4 and lands ranked as 2 will be converted on site by site evaluation (as budget allows). Mt. Vista Park fell into one of the ranked high potential areas for IVM practices.
  • Phase One Baseline Vegetation Analysis is used to determine treatment for invasive plant species. Phase two will assess Phase One, reassess vegetation and the efficacy of herbicide treatments and will include insect monitoring, and soil and water sampling.
  • Chemical treatments are implemented to manage incompatible species in intensively managed areas. The treatments target all non-compatible and invasive vegetation, pose minimal risk to non-target organisms, be used, and applied according to product labels and will be evaluated for efficacy of treatments.
  • Annual inspections occur in the fall along the <200kv ROW’s and in the winter/spring along the >200kv ROW’s. The inspections identify potential reliability threats within the annual inspection cycle. Any work identified is assigned to the vegetation contractor for completion. Seasonal monitoring occurs on all sections of ROW’s that have been deemed Active and/or Intensive Integrated Vegetation Management by the Team. Monitoring for each level of IVM management is developed using prescription levels to fit individual site characteristics.
  • Plant species including native and invasive were monitored for compatibility within the ROW. Species are ranked low to high as non-compatible. The study area was transected, and sweep nets and videography were used to collect species information.  Monitoring by BGE and partners includes: soil biological assays, soil invertebrate fauna (depth of 9 cm), all plants in quadrants, invertebrates trapped above ground, invertebrates trapped/collected on plants, invertebrates photographed and videoed, vertebrate footprints, scat, animal sheds and carcasses if encountered, and Song bird nesting/ mating/ foraging conducted by the Baltimore Bird Club.