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Vegetation Management Insights

How Electric Utilities Run IVM Programs

 Vegetation Management Insights 
 

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Integrated Vegetation Management in the Desert

Utilities can leverage less expensive ways to operate an IVM program using low-tech tools to effectively reduce inherent risks and meet compliance.

 
 
 

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Attract, Train and Retain

Today, UVM workforce management is an ever-growing challenge before the UVM industry across North America.

 
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The UAA is comprised of more than 5,000 members committed to the proper maintenance of trees and other vegetation for the purpose of ensuring the safe and reliable distribution of energy. The UAA’s mission and vision are based on its culture of safety, environmental sustainability and operational excellence. Click here to learn more.
 

 
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New BMPs Guide Utilities in Assessing Tree Risks

The International Society of Arboriculture and Utility Arborist Association partnered on guidelines to minimize tree-conductor conflicts.

 
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City Utilities Invests in Pollinator Habitats

The electricity provider is highlighting the importance of pollinators through a community showcase and habitats in its ROWs.

 
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Vegetation insights at scale
Apply AI and geospatial analysis to assess the vegetation across the service territory, identify high-risk areas and calculate KPIs to prioritize vegetation projects and drive decisions from planning, contracting, to work inspection and auditing. Find out how.
 

 
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Safety Spotlight: Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses

By learning about the risk factors of heat stroke and exhaustion, field workers can safeguard their crew members when working in elevated heat and humidity.

 
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PG&E, California Fire Foundation Renew Partnership to Tackle Wildfire Risk

Partnership creates grant funding opportunities for fire and community organizations to address ongoing risk of wildfires.

 
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Mulching Tractor Eliminates Hand Work in Sloped ROWs

An electric utility reduced the amount of manual cutting on ROW slopes by investing in a mulching tractor.

 
 
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2020 In-Person Trees & Utilities Conference in Milwaukee Canceled

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the industry, the Arbor Day Foundation and the Utility Arborist Association are considering virtual options.

 
 

From the Archives

 
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Pasture Protection: Grazing Tolerances on Herbicides Protect Pastures

To protect livestock on rights-of-way, utility vegetation managers must be aware of the grazing tolerances on their herbicides.

 
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An Ecological Gold Mine

Watch Hannah Stout from Penn State University describe how the longest continuous study of vegetation management and its effects on wildlife habitat is improving conditions for various species, including pollinators.

 
 

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