This fact sheet covers the importance of quickly implementing the 2018 Omnibus Vegetation Management Provisions that apply to electric cooperatives:
- The 2018 Omnibus spending bill included provisions designed to allow electric cooperatives to more easily manage vegetation and remove hazard trees along utility rights-of-way on federal lands.
- Federal agencies were initially told to implement the Omnibus provisions by proposing regulatory changes
in March 2019 and finalizing the changes by March 2020.
- The partial federal government shutdown and changes in leadership have delayed agency implementation.
- Electric co-ops face uncertainty and increased wildfire risk until agencies implement changes and adequately train field staff.