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Trees & Utilities | A Partnership of Utility Arborist Association and Arbor Day Foundation

Fort Worth,

September 10-12, 2024

2023 Agenda

  Monday, Sep 11, 2023

  Tuesday, Sep 12, 2023

  • 7:00 a.m. Registration Open
    7:00–7:45 a.m. Workshop breakfast for workshop attendees only *additional registration required
    8:00–11:30 a.m. Women in Vegetation Management Workshop *additional registration required
    11:30 a.m. Exhibit Hall Opens
    11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Boxed Lunch with Exhibitors & Skills Arena *included with conference registration
    1:00-1:15 p.m. Opening Ceremony Dan Lambe, Arbor Day Foundation CEO | Tim Walsh, Utility Arborist Association President
    1:30-2:30 p.m. Keynote - Circus: The work/life Balancing Act Jeff Koziatek
    2:30-3:00 p.m. Tree Line, ROW Steward, UAA & UAA UVM Certificates
    3:00-3:45 p.m. Break with Exhibitors *included with conference registration
    3:45-4:45 p.m. Panel: The Case for Trees and Utilities in a Decarbonizing World Moderator: Ben Wilinsky, Arbor Day Foundation
    Panelists: Sara Sankowich, Unitil; Jason Grossman, Liberty Utilities, Alisa Otteni, PECO
    View Slides
    4:45-5:30 p.m. Break with Exhibitors *included with conference registration
    5:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Closes
    5:30-7:30 p.m. Networking Reception at Hotel *included with conference registration

  Wednesday, Sep 13, 2023

  • 7:00 a.m. Registration Open
    7:00-8:00 a.m. Coffee and Muffins with Exhibitors
    8:00-8:40 a.m. Taking Safety Out of the Silo Adrienne Jones & David Burke,ACRT View Slides
    8:00-8:40 a.m. Roadmap to a Sustainable Urban Forest - SFI Urban and Community Forest Sustainability Standard Paul Johnson View Slides
    8:00-8:40 a.m. Sonic Tomography for Tree Risk Assessments Dr. Christopher Fields Johnson; The Davey Tree Expert Company
    8:45-9:25 a.m. PPE - Alway Use It and Never Need It David McPeak; Incident Prevention Institute of UBM
    8:45-9:25 a.m. Biological Controls and Inviting Deer into the Board Room Kieran Hunt; Asplundh Tree Expert, LLC View Slides
    8:45-9:25 a.m. Revolutionizing Vegetation Management: How Mobile LiDAR Helps Utilities Do More With Less Kristy McDermott; Sharper View Slides
    9:30-10:45 a.m. Brunch with Exhibitors & Skills Arena *included with conference registration
    10:45-11:25 a.m. How do you increase Diversity Equity & Inclusion in the utility vegetation management industry? Guiding principles to process map the objective of Diversity Equity & Inclusion, Training, Recruitment & Workforce Retention within the Human Resources landscapefor all organizations Mitchell Eversole; Environmental Consultants LLC
    10:45-11:25 a.m. Fully Integrated Vegetation Management Programs Rich Hendler; ACRT View Slides
    10:45-11:25 a.m. ABCs of Tribal Outreach M.K. Youngblood ;ACRT Pacific [email protected]
    11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Utilizing Remote Sensing to Reduce Insurance Premiums Eric Brown; SMUD & Jennifer Whitacre; NV5 Geospatial
    11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Assessing botanical and pollinator communities in ROW habitats Dr. Adam Baker& Scott Eikenbary; Davey Resource Group
    11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m. We Are Upgrading Our UVM Technology, Perhaps It's Time We Upgrade Our Thinking Robert Vanderhoof; Tall Tree View Slides
    12:15-1:30 p.m. Utility Arborist Association Awards Lunch *included with conference registration
    1:30-2:10 p.m. Business Acumen for Utility Vegetation Managers Bob Bell; AERI Tree & Kamran Rasheed; PG&E
    1:30-2:10 p.m. ESG Biodiversity Reporting History, Status, & Anticipated Changes (2015-2023+) John Steelman; Grow with Trees
    1:30-2:10 p.m. Safety-2, the New Safety Vision for Our Safety Culture and How to Address the Accountability Problem James Beery; Wright Tree Service View Slides

    2:15-2:55 p.m. Biodiversity Management, Monitoring, and Reporting Jason Grossman; Liberty Utility Central and Chet Ellis; CNUC View Slides
    2:15-2:55 p.m. Benefits of Building Biological Barriers Through IVM Darrell Russell; Corteva Agriscience & Matt Goff; Georgia Power [email protected]
    2:15-2:55 p.m. Electric Utility Vegetation Wildfire Risk Abatement Lexi Tucker & Niel Fischer; JH Land Consultants View Slides
    3:00-3:40 p.m. A Financial Mosaic for Vegetation Management Shawn Huff; OG&E
    3:00-3:40 p.m. Panel: "Becoming a Right-of-Way Steward Utility" Phil Chen; Right-of-Way Stewardship Council
    3:00-3:40 p.m. Measuring a Culture of Safety “How do you know? Paul Hurysz MBA, CSP; Davey Resource Group View Slides
    3:45-5:00 p.m. Break with Exhibitors & Skills Arena *included with conference registration

  Thursday, Sep 14, 2023

  • 7:00-8:15 a.m. Breakfast with Exhibitors *included with conference registration
    8:15-9:30 a.m. Amanda Opp Cooperative Roundtable View Slides
    9:30-10:00 a.m. Minimizing New Infrastructure-Associated Bird and Powerline Conflicts Timothy Brannan, Boston College | Lawrence Kahn, Tulane University Law School View Slides
    10:00-11:15 a.m. Exhibitors & Skills Arena *included with conference registration
    11:15-11:45 a.m. Lead Line Replacement and Street Trees Michael Kelley; City of Pittsburgh
    11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Safety Comes Last: Building a Resilient Safety Culture Bill Spencer; CNUC View Slides
    12:15 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Closing Ceremony
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