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UAA Members invited to virtual annual meeting

Want to know what the UAA accomplished this past year? What about the association’s finances or who was elected to the Board this summer? Get in the know when you connect online for the Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, August 31 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. CDT. “This meeting offers members the best opportunity to get this information firsthand,” says Dennis Fallon, UAA Executive Director. “It is definitely worth the time to join us online as we unpack where we’ve been as an organization and where we’re going.” Register here for the annual meeting. Contact Communication and Membership Manager Renée Phillips at rphillips@gotouaa.org if you need further assistance.

New panel featured at fall symposium

The lineup is set for the first-ever Academic Panel at the 2022 Environmental Concerns in Rights-of-Way 13th International Symposium. Don’t miss this select team of industry professionals and their how-to sessions on:

  • Supporting native biodiversity along rights-of-way across North America with IVM
  • Monitoring and assessing biodiversity response to IVM along rights-of-way
  • Developing industry-academic partnerships

The Academic Panel is an impressive team of speakers from a variety of backgrounds: 

  • Carolyn Mahan (Penn State University) Appalachian Mountains (PA), ground beetles in different vegetation management treatments (mechanical, IVM), Corteva, First Energy, PECO, Asplundh, TREE fund
  • Christopher Halle (Sonoma State) West Coast (CA), fire on ROWs, trail cameras for monitoring wildlife use of ROW (AI identification); SMUD, PGE
  • Kimberly Russell (Rutgers University) Mid-Atlantic (NJ), native bees (AI identification), seed bank vs. planting for vegetation restoration on ROW, private partners (garden clubs); PSE&G
  • Mark Sciuchetti (Jackson State University) South (GA), soundscape monitoring for bees/birds, remote sensing for vegetation monitoring, non-selective herbicide/invasive plant vs. native plant response; N Georgia Utility
  • Ben Ballard (SUNY; ESF; Morrisville) Northern forests (NY), vegetation structure on ROW, tower access in shrub ROW, ROW management outreach, NY Power Authority
  • Gabe Karns (The Ohio State University) Midwest (OH), Lepidopteran communities on ROW in fragmented landscapes, plant cover targes (30% forbs), IVM 3rd addendum highlights; First Energy, Marathon Petroleum

Save $50 if you sign up to attend by Wednesday, September 7. Register today and watch the website for updates. The complete agenda is coming soon! See you October 9 – 12 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Staying cyber-safe in the utility arborist industry

The highly-anticipated issue of the Newsline with an in-depth look at Cybersecurity and Technology is out in print and available when you log in to the Member Portal. Protect yourself from vulnerabilities, including:

  • The different types of cyber attacks
  • Why utilities are the most vulnerable
  • Challenges and best practices
  • Fraud prevention and protection tips

“Our devices provide great convenience, but they also track and report our every move,” says UAA President Geoff Kempter. “The vulnerability demonstrated by the (Colonial Pipeline) attack is why cybersecurity has become a paramount concern for critical service providers like electric utilities and their suppliers.” Sign in to the Member Portal and click on “Quick Links” to read the Newsline’s July/August issue.