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Educational Sessions

Utility Arborist Association (UAA)

Duke Energy, 2014 Winter Springs Vegetation Reclamation Project
Wednesday, 12 August 2015
2:15 PM — 2:55 PM
Osceola Ballroom B
A, U, M, Bs

We are in the final phase of a 69,000 volt transmission power line vegetation reclamation project that took place on a 4.4 mile segment of power line feeding electricity to the cities of Winter Springs and Oviedo FL. This transmission power line was built in 1953, in the center of a 100' wide right of way which was heavily overgrown with trees and brush. The easement needed reclaimed because this power line is scheduled to be rebuilt. The 61 year old wood poles are nearing the end of their life expectancy.

The project started in July of this year, with a meeting in Winter Springs City Hall with the city manager, city commissioner, city forester, and multiple Duke Energy employees. At the height of the project we had 25 work trucks and over 60 people working on this project. Because most of this power line runs through backyards in a heavily populated city, we had a lot of upset land owners including television news coverage.

Presenter Information

    • Aaron M Borgner
      Aaron graduated from The Ohio State University's School of Natural Resources in 1998 where he received his bachelor’s degree in forestry. He has been practicing utility forestry for 20 years where he worked for Pacific Gas and Electric in California, American Electric Power in Kentucky, and Duke Energy in Florida. He is a certified arborist and utility specialist with the ISA. He spent 10 years working semiprofessionally as a drag racing crew member and driver. He joined the 250 mile per hour club in 2007 driving a NHRA dragster at Gateway Motorsports Park in Illinois. When he's not working Aaron likes to sail, scuba dive, and spearfish.