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Recent UVM summit addresses wildfire prevention and more

Several IOU’s, Co-op’s, Municipalities and REA’s sent professionals to the 2022 System Utility Vegetation Managers (UVM) Summit, hosted by Florida Power & Light (FPL). The UAA-sponsored event designed specifically for Utility Managers focused on issues that concern the UVM industry from the utility perspective and took place in Daytona Beach, Florida, May 15-17.

The group discussed and debated wildfire prevention, predictive modeling (AI, satellite, and Remote Sensing Technology), and workforce retention including professional development and vocational training. The wildfire prevention team brought in Jack Shearman of the International Wildfire Risk Management Consortium (IWRMC). The event was a fascinating two-and-a-half-day dialogue on wildfire management efforts across the U.S. and featured additional interesting sessions on technology and workforce retention pertaining to the topic at hand.

Remember, there is always room for additional professionals to sit on the UVM Summit Development Committee, or attend next year’s event in Akron, Ohio. If you want to get involved, reach out to Diona Neeser or Paul Hurysz for more information.


Experiences in the utility field featured at Texas Regional Meeting  

The beautiful and inspiring Winfrey Point in Dallas, Texas was the site of our second UAA Texas Regional meeting on May 25. The location was definitely a highlight, along with opportunities to network with other industry professionals and learn from exceptional speakers.

Asplundh’s Shawn Reed shared his expertise on the importance of pre-job inspections. Mike Biscieglia from Bayer focused on the herbicide use of Glyphosate in vegetation management. And Penny Swanner from Pedernales Electric Cooperative in Johnson, Texas, spoke about how to handle difficult landowners.

The UAA is excited to announce another Texas Regional Meeting is in the works for 2023. More details to come, so stay tuned.


UAA Board member election this summer

 The nomination period for potential UAA Board nominees ended May 20, so it soon will be time to vote for candidates. UAA members will finalize the ballot between July 15 and August 1.  Reminder: You must be up to date on your UAA membership in order to vote. Official election results will be announced during the UAA Annual Meeting on August 31.


Nelsen Money Scholarships awarded for 2022

Congratulations to Connor Neeser and Elinor Noemi, this year’s recipients of Nelsen Money Scholarships. These monetary awards will help support Connor and Elinor as they pursue their degrees. More on these two students to come in our July Monthly Update.

If you know a high school graduate, college student or college graduate in arboriculture, forestry/urban forestry, or utility vegetation management who could benefit from this program, look for the eligibility and requirements on the UAA website.