2018 News

Working Alone—The Risks and Rewards of Independent Work

By Ben Keck, Regional Supervisor If you were to ask a consulting utility forester (CUF) what they like most about their job, I can guarantee that most of them will say something related to “working alone and the freedom it provides”. Let’s see if my assumption holds true … When surveyed, one CUF stated, “The more...

An overview of Utility Arboriculture: A Study Guide for the ISA Utility Specialist Exam

By Randall H. Miller, Director of Research and Development In 2007 Sharon Lilly, then with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), approached Asplundh Manager of Technical Services, Geoff Kempter and me to revise the utility specialist study guide, which was five years old at the time. Now, nearly a decade and six project managers later, more...

Consulting Utility Forester Session

Jessica Critchett is a lead consulting utility forester (CUF) with CNUC, working in Tennessee. She joined CNUC in 2014 and has been in her current role since 2016. On January 5, 2018, Randall H. Miller (RHM), CNUC’s director of research, development and industry intelligence, sat down with Jessica (JC) to discuss her career in the more...

Learn to Grow

By Randall H. Miller, Director of Research and Development I started my career in utility arboriculture in the early 1990s during a dynamic period. At that time, many utilities in the United States had decentralized programs that were run by operations managers, light duty linemen or others without arboricultural training. Roundovers were among the unproductive more...

CNUC Promotes Sprinkle and Mathewson to Regional Supervisors

CNUC recently promoted Brian Sprinkle and Mike Mathewson as regional supervisors for the company. These changes went into effect February 1, 2018. Sprinkle has been involved in the industry since 2009, and has worked for CNUC the past three years. In his most recent position as technical applications supervisor, he was responsible for small projects more...