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Trees & Utilities Conference Adds a Brand New Hands-On Learning Experience to the 2022 Lineup

date 05/05/22

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Jeff Salem, Director of Communications & Public Relations,   email

LINCOLN, Nebraska (May 5, 2022) – The Trees & Utilities Conference is adding an experiential learning component to the exhibit hall this year to provide attendees with the opportunity to showcase their skills and learn from others.

"Professionals come from all over to learn the best techniques and technologies in the field of utility vegetation management," said Dan Lambe, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "This Skills Arena is another great example of how we are constantly innovating and finding new ways to provide the best experience at our conferences."

In the Skills Arena, teams of four are invited to sign up for specific challenges each morning on the trade show floor; challenges are first come, first serve and space is limited. Each one-hour session will include dynamic and engaging instruction and demonstration by North American Training Solutions (NATS) trainers. Teams will compete in one of two skill challenges: utility line clearance cutting operations and utility line clearance rigging operations. The teams with the safest and most proficient performance will win a prize package full of gear and equipment from the Safety Alliance Partners.

"The Trees and Utilities Conference provides the perfect opportunity for professionals in the industry to pick up new skills and share best practices," said Dennis Fallon, executive director of the Utility Arborist Association. "The Skills Arena will allow participants to receive training and education on utility line clearance cutting and rigging operations while encouraging teamwork."

The Trees and Utilities Conference is hosted in tandem by the Utility Arborist Association and the Arbor Day Foundation. The annual conference will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from Sept. 20 to 22. Visit the website to learn more about the conference.


About the Utility Arborist Association (UAA)

The Utility Arborist Association is an organization of more than 5,000 individuals with interest in and a commitment to the maintenance of trees and other vegetation to ensure the safe and reliable distribution of energy, including electric, oil and gas, to business and residences. Headquartered in Forest Lake, Minnesota, the UAA's mission is to pursue excellence, innovation, and improvement in utility vegetation management (UVM) through professional development, outreach, research, and the use of best practices. For more information, visit our website,, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

About the Arbor Day Foundation

Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters and valued partners. Since 1972, almost 500 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to lead toward a world where trees are used to solve issues critical to survival.  

As one of the world's largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees. More information is available at


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