2012 News

Interview with National Wild Turkey Federation Energy for Wildlife Program

Originally aired March 4, 2007 An interview with Jay Jordan, the program director for the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Energy for Wildlife Program, provides background on the federation and program, discusses the different types of wildlife projects and the benefits and requirements of utilities interested in joining. Listen to the interview. more...

Interview with EEI Vegetation Management Task Force Member

Originally aired March 3, 2007 Rick Loughery, the Director of Environmental Activities at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the key staff member for the EEI Vegetation Management Task Force (VMTF). In this interview, Rick discusses EEI VMFT priorities and activities. He provides a brief history of EEI and also covers UVM issues in Washington, more...

Interview with PacifiCorp System Forester

Originally aired February 23, 2007 Randy Miller, system forester at PacifiCorp, runs one of the largest and most diverse Utility Vegetation Management (UVM) programs in the industry. He is also involved with numerous industry initiatives. In this interview, Randy discusses PacifiCorp’s UVM program, challenges working in multiple states and jurisdictions, NADF Tree Line USA experiences, more...

Tenth International Symposium on Environmental Concerns in ROW Management

Proceedings from the Tenth International Symposium on Environmental Concerns in Rights-of-Way Management (ROW 10) address environmental issues in rights-of-way planning and management, and provide a forum for information exchange among environmental professionals from a wide variety of agencies, industries and academic organizations. View the ROW 10 proceedings. CNUC Director of Consulting Services Will Porter’s article, “A more...

ISA Announces Revised ANSI Z133 Safety Standard

On September 20, the the revised publication of the ANSI Z133 Safety Standard. more...

Public Relations

In terms of vegetation management, utilities may need to focus less on customer satisfaction and more on customer education and communication. By Will Porter, CN Utility Consulting Will Porter is the principal project manager for benchmarking and research for CN Utility Consulting. With nearly 20 years of experience in the utility vegetation management industry, Porter more...

The Importance of Storm Work Policies and Procedures

By Josh Beaver, Eastern U.S. Operations Supervisor, CN Utility Consulting In the world of utility vegetation management (UVM), a considerable amount of time and resources will inevitably be devoted to storm restoration efforts each year. Seasoned utility foresters know that severe weather conditions play a significant role in the amount of routine pruning completed annually. more...

Tree Line USA Award Given to Avista

In April, the Arbor Day Foundation awarded CN Utility Consulting client Avista Corporation with a Tree Line USA award in recognition of their efforts to provide reliable electric service while preserving a healthy tree canopy across utility service areas. more...

Regulating Utility Vegetation Management Activities

By Stephen R. Cieslewicz, CN Utility Consulting This opinion editorial was published in the May/June 2012 issue of Utility Arborist Newsline. I begin this article knowing full well it may bring to the surface some interesting, albeit potentially controversial issues. My hope is that these issues are discussed extensively among the many members of the more...

The Future of Transmission Vegetation Management

A Review of the FERC and NERC 2011 Northeast U.S. Snowstorm Report By William Porter, Director of Consulting, CN Utility Consulting In October 2011, a storm packing up to 32 inches of snow damaged trees, disabled 74 transmission lines and nearly 50,000 distribution facilities, and left more than 3 million customers without energy for as more...