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The ASCA 2019 Consulting Academy

The ASCA 2019 Consulting Academy will take place February 19th-22nd, 2019 in Seattle, Washington.  More information can be found at https://www.asca-consultants.org/page/CA2019home

Leveraging GIS for Vegetation Management Optimization

By James Urbanowsky, New Brunswick Power
This white paper and its data layers were developed based on discussions among 51 participants at the 2016 UAA Utility Vegetation Managers Summit, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Managing Liability and Risk of Unavoidable Events

Prepared from the Utility Arborist Association System Foresters Managers Summit
This white paper and its information was developed based on discussions among the  participants at the 2015 Nashville Tennessee, UAA Utility Vegetation Managers Summit, in April 2015.


Industry leaders gather each year at the System Utility Vegetation Management Summit and discuss best practices. The following white papers provide insight into various issues and current thinking about state-of-the-art utility vegetation management. Please note that these papers have not undergone the type of rigorous review that would qualify them as “Best Management Practices” but reflect the discussion among these industry leaders.

Presentations made at the 2015 Utility Vegetation Managers Summit


Managers and practitioners should be aware of all relevant standards and 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.

Pruning of Trees

Integrated Vegetation Management

Tree Risk Assessment

Herbicide Use