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

Minneapolis,
Minnesota

October 26-28, 2021
#TreesandUtilities

2021 Conference Agenda

Tentative, subject to change.
All events are at the Minneapolis Convention Center unless otherwise noted.

  Monday, October 25, 2021

  • 11:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Registration Open
  • 3:00 p.m. Asplundh/TREE Fund Golf Outing
    *additional registration required, Register Now

  Tuesday, October 26, 2021

  • 7:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Registration Open at the Minneapolis Convention Center
  • 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 included with conference registration
  • 1:00–2:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony Dan Lambe, Arbor Day Foundation President | Paul Hurysz, Utility Arborist Association President
  • 2:00–3:00 p.m. Rock Your Life Melanie Spring
  • 3:00–3:45 p.m. Break with Exhibitors
  • 4:00–5:00 p.m. New Management Tools to Protect, Enhance and Propagate Compatible Vegetation Phil Chen, CN Utility Consulting | Jack McCabe, Davey | Derek Vannice, CN Utility Consulting | Stan Vera-Art, Grow with Trees Company
  • 5:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Closes
  • 5:30–7:30 p.m. Networking Reception at Hilton Minneapolis included with conference registration

  Wednesday, October 27, 2021

  • 7:00 a.m. Exhibit Hall Opens
  • 7:00–8:00 a.m. Breakfast with Exhibitors included with conference registration
  • 8:00–8:35 a.m. Qualified Worker Training Program Larry Abernathy, UAA/Butte College | Annie Rafferty, Butte College
    Biodiversity Assessment in IVM Managed ROWs Dr. Anand Persad, ACRT
  • 8:40–9:10 a.m. Pathway to UVM Advancement Jessica Tomaszewski, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
    Why Don’t You Use Goats? Rick Johnstone, IVM Partners
  • 9:15–9:45 a.m. Human Performance for Vegetation Management Professionals Edgar Carpenter, North American Training Co.
    Panel: Environmental Social Governance (ESG) Reporting Jason Grossman, Liberty Utilities | John Steelman, Grow with Trees
  • 9:45–10:30 a.m. Break with Exhibitors included with conference registration
  • 10:30–11:10 a.m. The New IVM BMP Randy Miller, CNUC
    A Review of Plant Health & Plant Species in Restoration Initiatives in Utility Rights of Way Rachel Bienemann, ACRT Services
  • 11:15–11:55 a.m. Vegetation Management in a Norwegian Utility Company Jon Anders Krokann, Tensio
    Assessing the Structure and Function of Utility Forests in Massachusetts Ryan Suttle, Orion Managed Services, LLC
  • 12:00–12:40 p.m. IVM: Making the Case for Industry Best Practices Travis Roger, Corteva
    Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Songbird Nesting Locations and Plant Choice in Utility Corridors Managed by IVM Rebecca Swab, Audubon
  • 12:45–2:00 p.m. Utility Arborist Association Lunch included with conference registration
  • 2:05–2:45 p.m. Tulane University’s Utility Vegetation Management Initiative- UVM Regulations Lawrence Kahn, Tulane University- AERI
    Opportunities for Community Engagement in UVM Chris Kelly, Clearion
  • 2:40–3:25 p.m. Using Satellite Imagery to Identify Species and Vegetation and Reduce Risk Indra den Bakker, Overstory
    Engagement with Community Groups Regarding Utility Line Clearance Operations Alexander Martin, Ironwood Urban Forestry
  • 3:30–4:00 p.m. Break with Exhibitors included with conference registration
  • 4:00–4:30 p.m. The Trend in Cost and Value of LiDAR versus Satellite Data for UVM James Urbanowsky, New Brunswick Power
    Recruiting Safely in Utility Arboriculture Kyle Finke, Davey Resource Group
  • 4:30–5:00 p.m. TBD
    How to Effectively Use Behavior Observation Data Trevin Andersen, Asplundh

  Thursday, October 28, 2021

  • 7:00–8:00 a.m. Breakfast with Exhibitors included with conference registration
  • 8:00–9:00 a.m. Tree Line, ROW Steward, UAA & UAA UVM Certificates
  • 9:00–9:45 a.m. Growing Together, Working with Community Tree Groups Matt Spitsen, Arbor Day Foundation
  • 9:45–10:15 a.m. Break with Exhibitors included with conference registration
  • 10:15–10:45 a.m. When is a “Plan” Actually a Plan? Phillip Kelly, Wright Tree
  • 10:45–11:15 a.m. Implementing Safety Differently Elizabeth Lay, Lewis Tree
  • 11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. TBD
  • 12:00–12:15 p.m. Closing Ceremony Dan Lambe, Arbor Day Foundation | Geoff Kempter, Incoming UAA President
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