McLean, VA—Heartland Consulting has been awarded a task order by Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) to provide biological resource surveying, monitoring, and reporting services support to the Integrated Vegetation Management Program (IVM) for the Sierra Nevada Region in the mountains of California. WAPA has the need to perform vegetation management activities within its electrical transmission line Right-of-Ways (ROW) and related infrastructure in order to provide adequate line clearance and access to the transmission line. IVM practices reduce the need for pesticides, promote healthy ecosystems, and provide measurable results, such as the development of lush shrub or grassy areas that do not interfere with overhead power lines, pose a fire hazard, or hamper access.

“I am very proud that WAPA has chosen Heartland to assist with vegetation management which will in turn reduce the possibility of electric line causation of forest fires. California was devastated this last year with a PG&E electric line fire, which was deemed to be caused by the lack of vegetation control within its distribution line system. This is the twelfth task order awarded to Heartland on our WAPA BPA. We’ve worked very hard to get to this point, and we look forward to providing WAPA continual support on a wide range of missions,” said John English, CEO of Heartland.

Heartland Consulting is an SBA certified 8(a) and Service Disabled Veteran Owned-Small Business (SDVOSB) that provides management consulting, information technology, financial management, and administrative support services to the government and commercial clients. Heartland offers expertise in program management, strategic consulting, technology services, critical infrastructure, and security support services. Our team has worked with a variety of federal government agencies, electric utilities, and private sector clients.