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Vegetation Management on Federal Lands

by Stephen Cieslewicz, President and Chief Consultant CN Utility Consulting (CNUC) President and Chief Consultant Stephen Cieslewicz wrote a featured article in the July/August issue of the Electric Light & Power magazine titled Vegetation Management on Federal Lands.The article provides details on the bi-partisan bill, HR 2358. Cieslewicz had the opportunity to interview U.S. Reps. Ryan Zinke and Kurt Schrader, […]


Regulatory Changes to UVM Activities in the U.S.

by Will Porter, Director of Consulting CN Utility Consulting (CNUC) Director of Consulting Will Porter wrote an article Regulatory Changes to Utility Vegetation Management (UVM) Activities in the U.S., which was published in the May/June issue of the Utility Arborist Association Newsline. CN Utility Consulting (CNUC) is currently in the process of reviewing federal and […]


FAC-003-3 Compliance Using a Defined ROW Width

By William Porter, Director of Consulting Services Clients and Transmission Owners: “According to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Auditors will be able to request supporting information used to set the width of the right-of-way (ROW), including any of the available information listed in the (ROW) definition” (FERC Order 777, 2013, p.55-para.107). Introduction It […]


Methods to Improve Herbicide Application Auditing

By Steve Mathews, AEP/PSO and Colby Norgaard, CN Utility Consulting Herbicide applications have become an integral part of managing vegetation for many utilities.  There are countless products, application methods and contractors available to help meet integrated vegetation management (IVM) goals.  But after a utility chooses from the many product, application and vendor possibilities and begins […]


Southern Chapter ISA Conference: CNUC Exhibit

CN Utility Consulting (CNUC) will be exhibiting at the Southern Chapter International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Conference & Trade Show in Mobile, Alabama  March 7-10, 2015. Vice President of Operations Derek Vannice, Director of Consulting Services Will Porter, Eastern U.S. Regional Manager Josh Beaver, Regional Supervisor Matt Searels, and Lead Consulting Utility Forester Billy Plant […]


A Valid and Reliable Credential for All Stake Holders

ROW Steward Accreditation by Derek Vannice, ROWSC Chair This article was originally published in the July/August 2014 issue of Utility Arborist Newsline. The ROW Steward Council (ROWSC) has officially launched the Accreditation Standards for Assessing Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) Excellence. These standards will be used by independent auditors to assess IVM programs at utilities applying […]