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By - Jon Brown

Integrated Right of Way (ROW) Vegetation Management
February 25-26, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

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Overview

Many items impact the reliability of a utility system and vegetation is typically one of the largest.  Our industry often discusses best management practices, new technologies and tools available to improve our vegetation management programs, but we rarely can get together in the same room to discuss solutions. By focusing on a systematic approach to right of way integrated vegetation management, this program will focus on sharing advanced solutions that have worked for complex problems in vegetation management facing utilities in the United States. 

The goal of this course is to look at how specific challenges impact reliability and how utilities can reduce that impact, specifically the role of utilities in environmental stewardship along the right of ways (ROW) .  Right of way (ROW) Vegetation Management will identify how to improve utilities outage response, project planning and forecasting, and overall environmental protection based on regional and seasonal changes.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss how technology and data analytics are changing Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) and Utility Vegetation Management (UVM) standards
  • Demonstrate how IVM and sustainability go hand in hand
  • Explain techniques to manage ROWs in eco-sensitive areas
  • Explain pollinator health and identify the challenges
  • Explain the benefits associated with an ecosystem – based approach to IVM
  • Explain the value and necessity of environmental stewardship in the ROW
  • Examine the positive and negative effects of herbicides in ROW
  • Identify and explain FERC Standards in IVM

Credits

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EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.

 

Requirements for a Successful Completion of Program

Participants must login each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

This program will use PowerPoint presentations and group discussions, as well as active participation.

Agenda

Thursday, February 25, 2021 : Central Time

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. :: Welcome and Login

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. :: Lunch Break


Integrated Vegetation Management Best Practices

Energy corridors thread the landscape and provide cumulations of many miles of open tracts and flyways. These right of ways (ROW’s) offer easy mobility to organisms from one location and/or geography to another. In many cases, land management techniques employed in these corridors focus on integrated vegetation management (IVM) techniques and coupled with best practices often subscribe to a higher standard for ecosystem health and services. Depending on adjacent land usage to ROW’s, differing tactics sometimes may occur. For example, when adjacent lands are natural area tracts that abut the ROW, vegetation managers should employ mitigation management to restore or maintain any natural resource. This study presents data on several instances where ROW corridors may bisect or abut with natural areas and investigates plant species composition, dynamics and resulting invertebrate populations under differing tactics. By investigating the best management practices (BMP’s) in use in either situation and analyzing the green space, we can determine effectiveness of strategies in providing green spaces that may promote more native species and be more sustainable in energy corridors.


Herbicides in ROW – Where and When

To determine the best way to solve a problem with unwanted vegetation with the lowest practical environmental impact, ROW stewards must implement a risk-based approach to balance the positive and negative environmental effects of the chemicals typically used.


Pollinator Health in Utility Corridors

Utility corridors offer vast resources of green spaces, many often providing ideal habitat for native flora and fauna. Management of these green spaces are often governed by best management practices and integrated vegetation management (IVM) considerations. Pollinator health in these rights of ways (ROW) has become a much- emphasized metric to ecosystem health and worthiness and an indicator of how well we are doing and what we are leaving behind. This presentation looks at compliance in IVM tactics and bridges the BMP’s we employ today with what more is needed to be prepared to face a future of increased challenges. A video of pollinators will be presented as part of the presentation.

Lunch Break


UVM: Utility Vegetation Management – Technology and Work Planning Advancements

The proper distribution program assessments and business plans include diagnostic program assessments, statistical sampling to document vegetation workload, and development of comprehensive business plans. ECI will share a unique management optimization model that has been developed to assess alternative management strategies and their implications for return on investment and reliability, which results in alignment with performance goals.


Managing for Sustainability in Utility Corridors: Restoration of Native Trees in Rights of Ways

The right tree in the right space, as we know is a golden rule especially in the areas under wire or near off-corridor areas and in natural areas. Tree restoration occurs in many areas in community spaces when trees are lost. Insects such as the Emerald Ash Borer and diseases such as Dutch Elm Disease and Oak Wilt may take a toll on community trees and influence the tree population that warrants restoration activities. This presentation looks at tree species characteristics from a biomechanical standpoint and/or wind resistance after restoration and delves into the growth characteristics of several commonly planted species. The added benefits of native trees and potential for early season blooms that may provide pollen and nectar for early arriving pollinators are also compared for trees that occurred before restoration and upon planting with native species.


Friday, February 26, 2021 : Central Time

8:50 – 9:00 a.m. :: Welcome and Login

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing


Emerging Issues and Trends in ROW-IVM

Leveraging mobile technology, electronic data, and geographical information systems (GIS), utility foresters can help utility IVM leaders better plan how their maintenance dollars should be allocated. Additionally, they can provide better direction to field crews on where priority work exists. With a proper field data collection system, findings can help IVM leaders budget and forecast to ensure dollars are spent on priority maintenance. Plus, information can be accessed from any web-enabled device.


Partnerships in Nature and How Energy Corridors Can Help

Tree and vegetation are a ubiquitous part of and provide ecosystem value to our energy corridors and rights of ways (ROW). While the role of ROW’s in habitat creation is not new, increased focus in IVM and the added role of community partnerships with state and local bodies and utilities make for relationships that ultimately add value to these greenspaces. Many Utilities are prioritizing towards a healthier and more native ROW. This data driven initiative strives on information gleaned from current land management tactics, regulatory considerations and proposes to offer to the industry added value of ROW management that provide greenspaces and natural areas that are sustainable and maximize its ecosystem worth. Partnerships with entities such as the Natural Area Association also dovetails with the wider objective of cross-pollinating land management across industries.

Instructor

Steve Narolski, Vegetation Program Manager, Western Area Power Administration – DSW

Steve Narolski is an experienced Project Manager with focus in Vegetation Management & Access Maintenance. Steve has been with the Western Area Power Administration covering the Desert Southwest Region for 3 years. He was previously the Vegetation Management and Access Maintenance Project Manager for Bonneville Power Administration for 11 years. Steve received his Bachelor of Science in ForSci from Penn State University and a Graduate Level Application of Forest, Ecology, and Silviculture leading to an MF in Forestry from Washington State University. 

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.

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Single Connection - Integrated Right of Way (ROW) Vegetation ManagementUS $ 1195.00
Pack of 5 connectionsUS $ 4,780.00
Pack of 10 ConnectionsUS $ 8,365.00
Pack of 20 ConnectionsUS $ 14,340.00
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