Integrated Right of Way (ROW) Vegetation Management
February 15-16, 2022 | Online :: Central Time
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 Vegetation Management will identify how to improve utilities outage response, project planning and forecasting, and overall environmental protection based on regional and seasonal changes.
- 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 rightof ways 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 Integrated Vegetation Management
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 : Central Time
8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome
12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Introduction to Integrated ROW Vegetation Management
- Why it is needed
- Resultant regs (NERC, FERC, FAC-003, etc.)
Best Management Practices for Electric ROW Management
- General BMPs
Methods of Management
Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM)
IVM on Elec TX ROWs
- Benefits of IVM including selective management, adaptability, cost effectiveness, ecological strength
- Bramble and Byrnes multi-decade study
- Rachel Carson / Silent Spring
Video Examples and General Discussion
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break
- Trees and shrubs
- General growth forms
- Indicator status – what can the plants tell you?
Is it a WEED?
- It depends on your objectives
- Height compatibility
- Property owner buy in
Invasive vs Naturalized vs Native
- Does it matter to a power company?
- What is it?
- How to use it to advantage or detriment
IVM for Habitat Creation
- Pollinators, turtles, endangered birds, bats, snakes, salamanders, rare plants
- How ROWs can fulfill habitat requirements of each
- Specific management examples
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 : Central Time
8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Integrating Environmental Concerns and Risk Reduction
- Work strategies for planning and mapping out maintenance
- Setting successful timing windows to reduce harm
- Examples of inspection processes and crew quality assurance
Proper Pruning Techniques
- Tree health
- Effects on regrowth and cycle maintenance
Danger Tree / Hazard Tree
- What is the difference?
- How are they identified
- Species specific and general indicators
- Invasive pests
Future of IVM
- Updates on latest technology and effects on data acquisition and work processes
- Expanding goals of management – more than keeping the lights on
- Many measures of success in a dynamic system and how to position for the future
Steve Letkowski, New Jersey Licensed Tree Expert #589
Steve Letkowski is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist and Utility Specialist, working in the utility industry for over 10 years under New Jersey Tree Expert license #589. Mr. Letkowski received his Master of Science degree in Forest Pathology and Mycology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry. Steve has over 25 years of experience with vegetation work and “green” work. Mr. Letkowski is currently focusing on expanding and strengthening wildflower ID expertise and improving birding skills, as he continues to work as an Environmental Supervisor of Vegetation Management. In his spare time, Steve is a husband, father, dog lover, beekeeper, shiitake mushroom grower and amateur quail farmer – he learned many things not to do!
Mr. Letkowski believes that the best part about his work is getting paid to hike and identify trees and shrubs.
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.
Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ
If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event
|Single Connection - Integrated Right of Way (ROW) Vegetation Management||US $ 1195.00|
|Pack of 5 connections||US $ 4,780.00|
|Pack of 10 Connections||US $ 8,365.00|
|Pack of 20 Connections||US $ 14,340.00|
|Call us at 303.770.8800 if you have any specific questions on the volume discounts|
|* all other discounts do not apply to license packs|
Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before January 07, 2022 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800