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    Climbers' CornerTree Academy

    Electric Co-ops: Pespectives on Distribution and Transmission (5 speakers)


    In the presentation we will look at what it takes to manage danger trees along utility rights-of-way to ensure system reliability. We will look at easements (danger tree rights) and how to interact with land owners with or without danger tree rights. We will look at the criteria used to asses and determine if it is a danger tree. We will also look at technology (Lidar) that can be used enhance a danger tree program. Finally once all the data is collected what do you do with it and how to develop your annual work plan.  


    This is a panel of which includes:  Andy Olsen and

    Bill Conn  has been in the tree care industry for the past eighteen years.  He has been employed with VELCO for the past 7 years.  He is a Certified Arborist, Certified Tree Worker, Certified Utility Specialist, and Certified Tree Care Safety Professional.  He has done numerous trainings on certified line clearance tree trimming, aerial rescue, aerial lift operation, chain saw safety.  He has served on the board for the New England chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture for the past 10 years and is currently President.   He has also been involved with the International Society of Arboriculture's international tree climbing completion as a judge and technician.  He has given presentations on Lidar, Vegetation Inventory Programs, Line Clearance Certification, and Using Partnerships as an Integrated Vegetation Management Tool. He is currently on the ISA Test Committee and Chairman of the North American Tree Climbing Championship.

    Brian Flage is a graduate of Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Forestry.  He is an ISA Certified Arborist and an active member of the UAA.  Brian is the Reliability Manager for CoServ Electric, the second-largest distribution co-op in Texas that serves the fast growing suburbs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  In addition to the vegetation-management program, Brian oversees a team of Power Quality and Reliability experts who are responsible for investigating various system disturbances.

    Joe Osborne has been employed with the OEC Vegetation Management
    Team for 27 years with the first 14 years as a crew member/Foreman and the last 13 years as the Vegetation Manager. Joe’s third term as the President of the Oklahoma Vegetation Management Association (OKVMA) will conclude this year. Joe’s has a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma.

    Andy Olson, Forester for East Central Energy which is located in eastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. I have worked in the arboriculture field for over 13 years, performing duties such as herbicide applicator, equipment operator, climber, bucket operator, and ECI contract forester to name a few.  I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Forestry from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2003, currently an ISA Certified Arborist and Utility Specialist.  I began working with ECE as a contract forester for Environmental Consultants Inc in 2004, and was hired by ECE as a utility forester in 2007. East Central Energy is a member owned electric cooperative which serves members in 14 counties within east central Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.   The service territory is mostly rural, heavily forested, and sparsely populated. There are 5,569 miles of overhead primary line, and 2,641 miles of primary underground.  On average, there are about 7.03 members per line mile.  In the forestry services department there are 2 foresters, 2 ECI contract foresters, and one forestry assistant.  ECE has been a Tree Line USA Utility for the previous 10 years.

    Steve Ryder is Vegetation Management Supervisor at Great Lakes Energy Electric Cooperative which is located along the west side of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. GLE serves 126,000 meters and has 11,000 miles of overhead line upon which the vegetation is managed on a 6 year cycle. GLE manages their lines using IVM Best Management Practices.  Steve is a 1980 graduate of Michigan Technological with an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Forest Technology and has been with GLE since 1991. He is an ISA Certified Arborist/Utility Arborist, a member of the Utility Arborist Association and member/past board member of the Arborist Society of Michigan.

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