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Throughout his career as a Utility Arborist, Dan Marsh has earned many noteworthy accomplishments. Dan gained one more at the 2023 Trees & Utilities Conference when he was presented with the UAA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Dan spent his professional career focused on UVM and has spoken at many UVM events,” said UAA Executive Director Dennis Fallon. “He has been lauded over the years for his tireless efforts in the industry whether he’s educating his team or the kind manner he demonstrates with everyone he meets.”

After graduating from Penn State University in 1992, Dan launched his career with Environmental Consultants (ECI). His work at West Penn Power led to promotions with ECI, and as Inventory Manager at PG&E, again with ECI.

“With Dan’s guidance, a highly successful vegetation inventory project initiated at West Penn Power became the first and largest vegetation pole and vegetation inventory ever completed.”

In 1999, Dan joined the Transmission Vegetation Department at Florida Power & Light (FPL) and was quickly promoted to Vegetation Leader of the Transmission Vegetation Group.

“Dan is responsible for pioneering many processes while at PG&E, most notably the Transmission Vegetation Management Certification, which is being developed for national
certification. He also created the Marsh Process as it is now known at FPL, which is a huge help in completing ground patrols there.

“In addition, he created a highly successful lidar program at FPL and worked closely with his mentor, John Tamsberg, on the development of the original Transmission Vegetation Management Program (FAC-003-1). This was designed to make electric transmission systems more reliable and prevent outages from nearby vegetation located on transmission rights-of-way (ROW).”

An active member of the Florida Vegetation Management Association (FVMA), Dan led the organization as president for two years. He’s also a long-time member of the North American Transmission Forum (NATF), piloting work groups and setting up the agenda for monthly educational calls. When he’s not on the job or volunteering, Dan enjoys his spare time in a boat on the water.

“Many may know that Dan is an avid fisherman, but his devotion to all things UVM meant he sacrificed numerous angler excursions over the years. So, we believe it’s time he got out on the water to reel in a few good catches in honor of this lifetime achievement.”