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Trees & Utilities

Cincinnati, Ohio

September 10–12, 2019


2019 Conference Agenda

Tentative, subject to change

  Monday, Sep 9, 2019

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Field Demonstration: Pollinator Habitat (Hands On Training) Presented by the Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group | Visit here or more information
  • 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Registration Open
  • 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group Meeting
    *additional registration required | View the agenda here.
  • 12:00 p.m. Asplundh/TREE Fund Golf Outing Register Here
    *additional registration required

  Tuesday, Sep 10, 2019

  • 7:00 a.m–5:30 p.m. Registration Open
  • 8:00–11:30 a.m. Women in Vegetation Management Workshop
    *additional registration required
    Anne Marie Moran, National Grid | Josiane Bonneau, Wildlife Habitat Council
  • 8:00–11:30 a.m. Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group Meeting
    *additional registration required | View the agenda here.
  • 11:30 a.m. Exhibit Hall Opens
  • 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Boxed Lunch with Exhibitors included with conference registration
  • 1:00–2:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony: Row Steward/Treeline/ UAA Pine & Silver Shield Awards Dan Lambe, Arbor Day Foundation President | Robert Richens, UAA President
  • 2:00–3:00 p.m. Environmental Keynote Speaker Chris Fallon, Duke Energy
  • 3:00–3:45 p.m. Break with Exhibitors
  • 4:00–5:00 p.m. Would You Watch Out for My Safety? Empowering People to Work Safe! John Drebinger, John Drebinger Presentations
  • 5:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Closes
  • 5:30–7:30 p.m. Networking Reception included with conference registration

  Wednesday, Sep 11, 2019

  • 7:00–8:00 a.m. Breakfast with Exhibitors included with conference registration
  • 8:00–8:45 a.m. Climate Change and Managing for Resilient ROW Speaker TBD
  • 8:00–8:45 a.m. Weather/Storm Hardening La Wanda Ervin, NYSEG
  • 8:50–9:35 a.m. Green Contracts: Rethinking Specifications and Planning to Promote Habitat and Sustainable Vegetation Speaker TBD
  • 8:50–9:35 a.m. Florida Power & Lights Project Dan Marsh | Matt Churches
  • 9:40–10:10 a.m. Cost Efficiency of IVM: Considering Costs and Benefits John Goodfellow
  • 9:40–10:10 a.m. Vegetation Outage Data: The ComEd Perspective Sean Redman, ComEd
  • 10:10–10:55 a.m. Break with Exhibitors
  • 10:55–11:40 a.m. Premiere Screening: The Pollinators  Followed by panel discussion with featured experts Doug Tallamy, PhD Entomology, University of Delaware | Darrell Gaudet, AltaLink
  • 10:55-11:40 a.m. Operational Cost: O&M Mike Fuller and Eric Brown
  • 11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Regulatory Mechanisms for Promoting Habitat on ROWs Lori Nordstrom, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • 11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Partnerships for Success
    Vegetation managers are on the front lines of customer service, interacting often with customers and communities, but it’s not your only job. While tree distribution and planting programs can improve the image and performance of a utility, delivering those programs successfully may depend on internal and external partners—experts in marketing, funding, or event management. Find out how to engage these partners to help you implement a successful program—and make your life easier!
    Lead Presenter: Kristen Bousquet, Arbor Day Foundation (other participants TBD)
  • 12:15–1:45 p.m. UAA Lunch included with conference registration
  • 1:50–2:35 p.m. Integrated Habitat Management: Enhancing IVM Roy van Houten, Wetlands Studies and Solutions, Inc.
  • 1:50–2:35 p.m. Condition-Based Maintenance: Threat Mapping in the Transmission Right-Of-Way using Remote Sensing Jack Gardner, Duke Energy
  • 2:40–3:25 p.m. Panel: Pioneering Prescribed Burning and Grazing BMPs on ROW Christopher Johnson, Davey | Jason Grossman, Liberty Utilities | Eric Brown, SMUD
  • 2:40–3:25 p.m. Identifying Vegetation Vegetation Encroachment with UAV's, Eric Bitzko, Pedernales Electric Cooperative
  • 3:25–4:05 p.m. Break with Exhibitors
  • 4:05–5:00 p.m. Panel: Habitat Studies on Insect Pollinator on ROW Gabriel Karns, Ohio State University | Anand Persad, Davey Resource Institute
  • 4:05–5:00 p.m. Don’t Take Safety Too Serious! Keith Pancake, ACRT

  Thursday, Sep 12, 2019

  • 7:00–8:00 a.m. Breakfast with Exhibitors included with conference registration
  • 8:00–8:45 a.m. Work Force Retention Utility - UVM Summit Update Moderator: Will Nutter
    Speakers: Kelly Clapper, JAFLO Trees | Jordan Jozak, Take Care of NY Sara Dreiser, Davey
  • 8:45–9:30 a.m. Work Force Retention Utility – Contractor Speaker TBD
  • 9:30–10:15 a.m. Break with Exhibitors
  • 10:15–11:00 a.m. Professionalizing Utility VM Programs
    The presentation covers briefly the current state of Utility VM Programs, the nuts and bolts of how VM Programs are currently implemented. Why VM Programs as currently implemented are failing to achieve desired results is discussed. The case is made for a different mindset to VM and areas utilities should focus on to improve and professionalize their VM programs to achieve objectives.
    J. Michael O’Connor, Consumers Ed
  • 11:00–11:30 a.m. Sustainability Through Forestry in the Utility Industry
    Hear from industry leaders on how trees and forests can advance corporate goals for sustainability and social responsibility. Learn how key metrics and measures drive projects, including carbon offsets, employee engagement, and homeowner energy efficiency.
    Lead Presenter: Dan Lambe, President, Arbor Day Foundation | Other participants TBD
  • 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Panel: ROW Vegetation as an Asset: Considerations for ESG Sustainability Indices Rick Loughery, Edison Electric Institute | Becky Spach, First Energy | Tim Lohner, American Electric Power
  • 12:15–12:30 p.m. Closing Ceremony
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