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Environmental Stewardship Resources

Excellence in the UVM industry can only be achieved when we treat our rights-of-way as ecosystems and take the best possible care of the natural resources we have been entrusted to steward. The UAA is happy to provide these helpful tools and resources to aid in furthering this purpose.


Managers and practitioners should be aware of all relevant standards and Best Management Practices (BMPs) related to utility arboriculture and utility vegetation management. The UAA encourages employers to make these BMPs available to all field personnel.

Tree Worker Safety ANSI Z133The 2017 Z133 Safety Standard was developed for the arboriculture industry under the procedures of the American National Standards Institute. The 2017 revision provides the most current criteria in the United States for arborists and other workers engaged in arboricultural operations:

  • General safety
  • Electrical hazard
  • Use of vehicles and mobile equipment
  • Portable power hand tools
  • Hand tools and ladders
  • Climbing
  • Work procedures

This publication provides an essential guide for federal, state, and municipal authorities in drafting regulations.


Downloadable tools and articles

Considerations for management of structurally compatible species (NON-NATIVE, NOXIOUS, OR INVASIVE)

Utility Arborist Association (UAA) guidance on how to select vegetation that is structurally compatible and does not demonstrate a threat to the compatible plant communities on the ROWs, established habitat, or neighboring land use—that is, are not non-native, noxious, or invasive plants.

Intentional Vegetation Management (PDF)

Article on Intentional Vegetation Management Transmission & Distribution World, VM Supplement 2019

Scope of Work Guidance

A template developed to assist utilities in managing for and promoting compatible species on their rights-of-way.

Business Case for IVM Environmental Stewardship Committee (PowerPoint Presentation)

An template presentation on creating the business case for IVM, designed to be modified by the user for their target audience(s).

Self-Assessment Maturity Model

The maturity model is a self-guided assessment intended to help utility vegetation managers highlight program accomplishments and identify areas for improvement along a path towards UVM excellence

Managing Compatible Vegetation for Targeted Species and Biodiversity

A Companion to the Integrated Vegetation Management Best Management Practice, 3rd Edition

“One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature shall not be broken.”

-Leo Tolstoy

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