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Utility Arborist Association Meeting & Training

If a tree falls is it heard? Yes! Learn about storm response, crisis communications, BMPs, tree removals and how to communicate.

Tuesday, November 13th

Event Agenda

8:00 AM–8:15 AM

Registration/Check-in & Welcome—Jack McCabe, Davey Resource Group/UAA Volunteer

8:15 AM–8:45 AM

Safety in the Industry—Jim Downie, Xcel Energy

8:45 AM–9:45 AM

Storm Response: Case Studies—New England Storms, Lessons Learned—Dave Goodson, Northeast Utilities

9:45 AM–10:00 AM

Break—Sponsored by ACRT, Inc.

10:00 AM–12:00 PM

Keynote: Crisis Communications: Communication to the Public During Crisis—Karen Terrill
Keynote Sponsored by Davey Resource Group and Davey Tree Surgery

12:00 PM–1:00 PM

Lunch—Sponsored by Pacific Gas & Electric

1:00 PM–2:30 PM

Best Management Practices—Geoff Kempter, Asplundh Technical Services and Peter Beesley, Pacific Gas & Electric:

  • Pruning—Communication on Tree Pruning
  • Environmental: Invasive Weeds in ROW
  • Notification: Responding to PUC Requirements


  • Mike Amato, Con Ed.
  • Bill Conn, Velco

2:30 PM–3:00 PM

Community Education: Save our Sonoma Trees—Bob Bell and Eric Brown, Pacific Gas & Electric

3:00 PM–3:15 PM

Break—Sponsored by CN Utility Consulting

3:15 PM–4:45 PM

Transmission ROW: NERC Communication Panel—Facilitated by Steve Cieslewicz, CN Utility Consulting, Inc.


  • Steve Narolski, BPA
  • Jim Downie, Xcel
  • Steve Tankersley, PG&E

4:45 PM–5:00 PM

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