** Agenda is subject to change up to the date of the event**

*** Exhibit Hall will remain open during all hours of the symposium with specified breaks as indicated in the agenda ***

Sunday October 9th

7:00A-9:00A Registration open for Field Session Participants only
8:00A-5:00P Field Tours (requires pre-registration and space is limited)
3:00P-5:00P Registration Open
5:00P-7:00P Opening Networking Reception @ Le Meridien Craft City Social Club


Monday October 10th

7:00 AM- 9:00 AM Registration Open and Breakfast with Exhibitors
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM   

 Symphony Ballroom IV : GENERAL SESSION

  • OPENING WELCOME: Dennis Fallon, UAA Executive Director; Travis Rogers, Corteva; and Tom Johnson Duke Energy
  • Catawba Nation Welcome & Friendship Dance
  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Harry Sideris, Duke Energy
  • OPENING PLENARY PANEL: “Challenges & Opportunties of Developing New Rights of Way Infrastructure”
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM  Carolina Ballroom: Lunch with Exhibitors
1:30 PM – 3:15 PM

Concurrent Paper Presentations, Session 1


SESSION 1 Indigenous Engagement & Stakeholders Sympony Ballroom I Ecology Symphony Ballroom II Planning/Evaluation & Assessment Symphony Ballroom III Vegetation Management Symphony Ballroom V
1:30 – 2:00 PM “Incorporating Indigenous Partnerships in Vegetation Management: Wabitsabi nanna – To Care for Each Other” – Mark Youngblood, ACRT “Enhanced Biodiversity Initiatives in Utility Rights-of-Way May Promote Climate Resiliency: The Rise of the Fruiting and Vine Plants”- Anand Persad, ACRT “Understanding Herbicide Compatibility with Pollinator Habitiat”- Sam Ingram; Corteva “The Interaction Between Mowing Height, Mowing Frequency, and Terrain on Vegetative Cover, Species Composition and Resiliency to Invasive Plant Encroachment”- Scott Flynn, Corteva
2:05 – 2:35 PM “Habitat Restoration: Why Indigenous Partnerships Matter” -Paula Bentham, WSP Golder, “Ignition Prevention on Overhead Lines: Assessing and Mitigating Risk from Wildlife”- Duncan Eccleston, EDM International “Managing Environmental Safety makes $ense” – Paul Hurysz and Amy Murray; The Davey Resource Group, Inc. “Developing Pollinator Habitat While Mitigating Fire Potential in Southern California ROW”- Vince Mikulanis, The Davey Resource Group, Inc.
2:40 – 3:10 PM “Assessment of the Status of Aboriginal Knowledge in the Environmental Follow-Up Studies Conducted by Hydro-Québec” – Stéphanie
Eveno, Hydro-Québec
“Biological monitoring with environmental DNA: Advancements, drawbacks, and moving towards regulatory acceptance” – Nathanial Marshall, Stantec Consulting Services Inc. “Sacramento Shade: The Right Trees in the Right Places — A Partnership Between the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and the Sacramento Tree Foundation” – Amy Young, Sacramento Municipal Utility District “Tree Sapling Growth Rates and Associated Treatment Cycle Lengths on Powerline Corridors” – Benjamin Ballard, SUNY Morrisville


3:15 PM – 3:45 PM  Carolina Ballroom: Break with Exhibitors
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Concurrent Paper Presentations, Session 2


SESSION 2 Regulatory & Permitting Symphony Ballroom I Ecology Symphony Ballroom II Technology Symphony Ballroom III Vegetation Management Symphony Ballroom V
3:55 – 4:25 PM “Managing Socio-economic Effects During Major Project Construction” -Sian Weaver, TC Energy “Joining the Monarch Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances: A Case Study with Vermont Electric Power Company”-Samantha Alger, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. “Engaging Stakeholders When You Can’t Leave the House: A Case Study of the Effectiveness of Virtual Public Meetings and Tools” – Sherrie Trefry, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. “Leveraging Technology To Promote Compatible Vegetation And Target Incompatible Vegetation Through ntegrated Vegetation ManagementT Practices” – Jack Gardner, Duke Energy
4:30 – 5:00 PM “Minimizing and Monitoring Environmental Impacts from the New York Power Authority (NYPA)/ Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) PV-20 Submarine Cable Replacement Project” – Tim Follensbee II, Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) “Quantifying power lines impacts on birds and mammals in Norway”- Dafna Gilad, Norwegian University of Science and Technology “Emerging Remote Sensing Technologies: Drones and Mobile Lidar Applications” – Deborah Sheeler & Will Ayersman, Davey Resource Group, Inc. “Why don’t you use goats for Vegetation Management?” – Richard Johnstone, IVM Partners, Inc.

Tuesday, October 11th

7:00 AM- 8:00 AM Registration Open and Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:00 AM – 9:30 PM   

 Symphony Ballroom IV : GENERAL SESSION


  • Moderator: Carolyn Mahan
  • Panelists: Ben Ballard, Chris Halle, Gabriel Karns, Kim Russell and Mark Sciuchetti
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM  Carolina Ballroom: Break with Exhibitors
10:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Concurrent Paper Presentations, Session 3


SESSION 3 Reclamation/ Mitigation/ Restoration Symphony Ballroom I Ecology Symphony Ballroom II Regulatory/ Permitting Symphony Ballroom III Vegetation Management Symphony Ballroom V
10:00 – 10:30 AM “Georgia Transmission Corporation’s Programmatic Agreement for Routine and Repetitive Impacts to Cultural Resources: How program alternatives can streamline regulatory review for rights-of-way management and the benefit the environment” -Katheryn Ferrall-Graff, Georgia Transmission Corporation “Assessing short- and long-term wildfire threat when adapting powerline infrastructure to promote wildlife habitat connectivity” – Alexandre Beauchemin, Hydro-Québec “Enbridge NPS20 – Routing a Pipeline Through Downtown Toronto” – Moise Coulombe-Pontbriand, Golder Associates “Strategic Approach to Delivering Sustainable Conservation Programs on Pipeline Right of Ways” – David Murk, American Petroleum Institute
10:35 – 11:05 AM “ROW Vegetation Maintenance Activities and Endangered Species Act Compliance: A Due Diligence Review Process” – Andrea Sampson, Merjent, Inc. “Assessing Bumble Bee and Lepidoptera Pollinator Habitat Value of Managed Plant Communities using Pollinator Site Value Indices (PSVI) and Implications for Infrastructure Investment”- Richard Johnstone, IVM Partners, Inc. “Innovation to Solve Real Utility Problems: Complex Environmental Compliance and Field Support” – Donald Handshoe, Jacobs Engineering Group “Using UAS Technology and Machine Learning to Detect Pollinator Habitat on Utility Rights-of-Way” – Ashley Bennett, Electric Power Research Institute
11:10 – 11:40 AM “Use of Detector Dogs in Wildlife Conservation Applications for Utilities” – Patrick Chase Bernier, SWCA Environmental Consultants “Beyond the Butterfly: Managing ROWs for Ecological Productivity” – Kieran Hunt, Asplundh Tree Expert, LLC “20 Years On – What Have We Learned About UVM from the 2003 North American Blackout and the 2003 European Blackout” – Lawrence Kahn, Lakshmi Kumar, Tulane University Law School “Assessing the effects of integrated vegetation management on botanical and pollinator communities in ROW habitats”- Adam Baker, Davey Tree


11:45 AM – 12:45 PM  Carolina Ballroom: Lunch with Exhibitors
12:45 PM – 2:00 PM

Afternoon Panel: Compatible Species Management Tools to Assist in Improving Habitat Biodiversity?

  • Moderator: Caroline Hernandez, Program Coordinator – Sustainable Landscapes, University of Illinois Chicago
  • Panelists: Gabriel Karns, Senior Lecturer,  The Ohio State; Amy N. Murray, Business Developer, Davey Resource Group, Inc.; Dan Salas, Senior Project Ecologist, Stantec; Stan Vera-Art, Creative Catalyst, Grow With Trees Company
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Carolina Ballroom: Break with Exhibitors

2:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Concurrent Paper Presentations, Session 4


SESSION 4 Planning/Evaluation & Assessment Symphony Ballroom I Ecology Symphony Ballroom II Technology Symphony Ballroom III Vegetation Management Symphony Ballroom V
2:45 – 3:15 PM “Developing Virtual Open House Platforms for Electric Transmission Projects – the Challenges, and benefits to engaging the community through virtual platforms while meeting regulatory expectations.” – Jonathan Schultis, Jacobs Engineering Group “Comparing Monitoring Methods for Pollinating Insects within Electric Transmission Rights-of-way” – Anthony Abbate, Auburn University “Living Source of Truth – The Digital Transformation of a Pipeline Project” – Ashley Betson, Jacobs “Research and Results: Assessing the Environmental Impact of Vegetation Management Strategies” – Darrell Russell, Corteva Agriscience
3:20 – 3:50 PM “Exploring the Use of Drones to Conduct Avian Nest Sweeps on Rights-of-Way” – Kirsten Pearson, Western EcoSystems Technology, ULC Environmental & Statistical Consultants “Powerline right-of-way (ROW) vegetation management and soil-dwelling invertebrates: A study of ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) at a research ROW in central Pennsylvania” – Hannah Stout “Understanding Laws and Regulations that Protect Birds and Planning Strategies to Minimize Takings in Infrastructure Development” – Lawrence Kahn, Timothy Brannan, Tulane University Law School “Vegetation Management Science of Performance: Using vegetation inventory metrics to enhance vegetation program performance” Jeff Filip, Intelfuse
3:55 – 4:25 PM “Incompatible Encroachment Identification and Mitigation Through Remote Sensing Within Transmission Easements” -Mark Ferrill, Duke Energy “Lessons from the First Nationwide Conservation Agreement for Monarch Butterflies on Energy and Transportation Lands” – Iris Caldwell, University of Illinois Chicago; Dan Salas, Stantec “Benefits vs Burdens: Installaion of a State of the art Leak Detection System along an exisiting Pipeline in Jasper National Park, Canada” – Jason Smith, Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC | Jacobs “Application of Drone Technology and Photogrammetry to Paleontological Resources Management” – Alyssa Bell Stantec Consulting Services Inc.
4:25 – 5:00 PM NA NA “Sonic Tomography” – Dr. Ahmed Ali, The Davey Tree Expert Company “Reducing wildfire risk, Restoring habitat, and Protecting wildlife by controlling annual invasive grasses.” – David Spak, Bayer Environmental Science

Wednesday, October 12th

7:00 AM- 8:30 AM Registration Open
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM  Carolina Ballroom: Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:30 AM – 9:35 AM

Concurrent Paper Presentations, Session 5


SESSION 5 Planning/Evaluation & Assessment Symphony Ballroom I Technology Symphony Ballroom II Ecology Symphony Ballroom III Vegetation Management Symphony Ballroom V
8:30 – 9:00 AM “A Comparative Analysis of Pipeline Abandonment Options for Terrestrial and Marine Environment” – Colin Piggot; Jacobs Engineering Group “Optimizing T&D Field Operation Efficiencies in a Unique Partnership between a Remote Sensing and Utility Vegetation Management (UVM) Company”- Jennifer Whitacre, NV5 Geospatial “UAS Applications for Wildfire Mitigation on Electric Utility Distribution Rights-of-Way” – Greg Brenton, EDM International, Inc. “Cutting Edge Remote Sensing Tools for ROW Management” – Kris Andersen & Michael Burnett, Jacobs Engineering
9:05 – 9:35 AM “Underground Transmission Lilne Siting through Growing Cities” – Pattarin Jarupan, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. “Satellite Technology and its Applications in ROW VM” – Nitin Das & Rahul Saxena; AiDash Understanding the Wildfire Litigation Process – Rights and Remedies of Litigants  Lawrence Kahn, Charles Lally, Tulane University Law School “Annotated Bibliography of Articles, Books, and Research Papers Related to Right-of-Way Vegetation Management – 1950’s to Present” -Tom Sullivan, Charlton and Associates LLC | TES Forester and Arborist


9:35 AM – 10:15 AM  Carolina Ballroom: Break with Exhibitors
10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Closing Plenary Panel: “Where do we go from Here – The Future of Rights of Way Development & Operations”

  • Moderator: Carmen
  • Panelists: Amy Huber; Client Relationship Manager; Jacobs Cathy Hope; General Manager of Transmission Siting, Permitting and Public Engagement; Duke
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Closing comments and Farewell:

  • Dennis Fallon, Travis Rogers & Tom Johnson.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Closing Luncheon: Grab n Go Lunches