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


September 12-14, 2023

2023 Agenda Coming Soon

2022 Agenda

  Monday, Sep 19, 2022

  Tuesday, Sep 20, 2022

  • 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Registration Open
    7:00–8:00 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
    8:00–11:30 a.m. Protecting Pollinators on Utility Rights-of-Way: Conservation through Management *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 | Geoff Kempter, Utility Arborist Association President View Slides
    1:15-2:15 p.m. Addressing the Human Side of Safety Shane Bush, BushCo, Inc. View Slides
    2:15-3:15 p.m. Tree Line, ROW Steward, UAA & UAA UVM Certificates View Slides
    3:15-4:00 p.m. Break with Exhibitors *included with conference registration
    4:00-5:00 p.m. The Places of Greatest Need Matt Spitsen, Arbor Day Foundation | David Bayard, Seattle City Light | Tru-Kechia Smith, Bridging the Gap| Joelle Teachey, TreesUpstate View Slides
    5:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Closes
    5:30-7:30 p.m. Networking Reception at Hilton Milwaukee City Center *included with conference registration

  Wednesday, Sep 21, 2022

  • 7:30-8:30 a.m. Coffee and Muffins with Exhibitors
    8:30-9:30 a.m. Panel: Taking action on data-driven insights for Vegetation Management Tom Martin, E Source View Slides
    8:30-9:30 a.m. Panel: Carbon Sequestration Sara Sankowich, Until | Jarid Cassada, VerdeCare Vegetation Solutions | Philip Chen, CNUC | Jason Grossman, Liberty Utilities View Slides
    8:30-9:30 a.m. Panel: EVA 23: A Near-Fatality in Space Illuminates How we can Better Manage Uncertainty Beth Lay, Lewis Tree Service, Inc.
    9:30-10:45 a.m. Brunch with Exhibitors & Skills Arena *included with conference registration
    10:50-11:20 a.m. Turning Aerial Imagery into Operational Information for Utility Vegetation Management *included with conference registration Chrisian Nadeau, Effigis Géo-Solutions Inc. View Slides
    10:50-11:20 a.m. Managing with Biodiversity in Mind Dan Salas, Stantec | Stan Vera-Art, Grow with Trees View Slides
    10:50-11:20 a.m. An App a Day: How Apps are Changing Safety Oversight in the UVM Industry Sarah Lilley, CNUC | Bill Spencer, CNUC View Slides
    11:25-11:55 a.m. Two Utilities' Journeys with Satellite Technology to Transform Vegetation Management Holly Woodings, United Power | Gary Huntley, Ex-Entergy | Jordan Jozak, AiDash View Slides
    11:25-11:55 a.m. Herbicides: A Solution to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Brandon Dunlap, Corteva Agriscience | Stephen Hilbert, Asplundh Tree Expert, LLC
    11:25-11:55 a.m. Managing Environmental Health and Safety Makes $ense Paul Hurysz, Davey View Slides
    12:00-1:30 p.m. Utility Arborist Association Awards Lunch *included with conference registration View Slides
    1:35-2:05 p.m. A Unique Opportunity for Rural Electric Cooperatives Lawrence Kahn, Tulane University Law School | Alex Keiser, Tulane University Law School View Slides
    1:35-2:05 p.m. Incorporating Indigenous Partnerships in Vegetation Management: Wabitsabi Nanna - to Care for Each – M.K. Youngblood, ACRT
    1:35-2:05 p.m. Understanding Influence on Risks Keith Pancake, ACRT | Adrienne Jones, ACRT View Slides
    2:10-2:40 p.m. Sustainable Sourcing for UVM- Utilities and Contractors Harnessing the Power of Collaboration James Downie, EDM International, Inc. | Wade Myers, Wright Tree Service View Slides
    2:10-2:40 p.m. Reinventing Vegetation Management Brian Hoff, GE Digital View Slides
    2:10-2:40 p.m. 20 Years On - What Have We Learned Lawrence Kahn, Tulane University Law School | Lakshmi Kumar, Tulane University Law School View Slides
    2:45-3:15 p.m. Investment in Recruiting Lead to Improved Hiring and Retention Bryan Durr, ACRT Pacific | Kaylynn Ruf, ACRT Services View Slides
    2:45-3:15 p.m. Biomechanics of Trees in ROW Forestry Programs: A Useful Metric to Guide Climate Readiness Anand Persad, ACRT Services
    2:45-3:15 p.m. Understanding Wildfire Litigation Lawrence Kahn, Tulane University Law School | Charles Lally, Tulane University Law School View Slides
    3:15-4:30 p.m. Break with Exhibitors & Skills Arena *included with conference registration

  Thursday, Sep 22, 2022

  • 7:30-8:00 a.m. Coffee and Muffins with Exhibitors *included with conference registration
    8:00-8:30 a.m. Long Range Vegetation Management Plan - What is This? Lewis Payne, New York Power Authority View Slides
    8:30-9:00 a.m. Advancing UVM Careers and Planning Jessica Tomaszewski, Wisconsin Forestry Center View Slides
    9:00-9:30 a.m. Assessing Botanical and Pollinator Communities in ROW Habitats Adam Baker, Davey Tree | Scott Eikenbary, Davey Resource Group
    9:30-10:45 a.m. Brunch with Exhibitors & Skills Arena *included with conference registration
    10:45-11:15 a.m. Enhancing ESG Reporting through Biodiversity Management Dal Salas, University of Illinois Chicago | Travis Rogers, Corteva Agriscience View Slides
    11:15-11:45 a.m. Partner Ecosystem Builds Diverse Utility Arboriculture Workforce Terrell Lockhart, DTE Energy | Mike Pittman, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 17 View Slides
    11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Closing Ceremony View Slides
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