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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...

Transmission from the Top: Evolution of the UVM Industry

By Will Porter, Director of Research, Development and Industry Intelligence In a few weeks, I will retire from a 25-year career in utility vegetation management (UVM). I began when it was still okay to climb without being tied into the tree. Before we climbed the trees back then, we took walks down the block to more...

Powerful Knowledge: Fall 2017 Issue

The 2017 fall issue of our quarterly e-newsletter, Powerful Knowledge, is now available. The e-newsletter includes updates on the UVM industry and CNUC. Powerful Knowledge articles include: What Really Determines the Strength of a Team? Intern Spotlight: John Barnard See Something, Do Something Inside CNUC: This is Our Office Employee Spotlight: Mike Kopp Click here to view the fall more...

Researching Our Way into Industry Advancement

By Randall H. Miller, Director of Research, Development and Industry Intelligence In the late 2000s, when I was on the International of Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Journal of Arboriculture and Urban Forestry Editorial Board (now referred to Associate Editors), the ISA sought International Organization for Standardization (ISO) accreditation for the journal. The application failed in more...

What Really Determines the Strength of a Team?

By Derek Vannice, President and COO There are a lot of great sports analogies out there when we want to talk about a specific team. The ones I have always found useful are how a team reacts to winning and losing. Specifically, it is easy for everyone to be a team player when the team more...

Intern Spotlight: John Barnard

CNUC hired a Consulting Utility Forester (CUF) intern for the summer of 2017 named John Barnard. John, who interned with CNUC for six weeks in the Indianapolis area, wrote a summary of his experience. We are an employee owned company with a strong commitment to recruiting and developing the best talent in the utility vegetation more...