Sig Guggenmoos

P. Ag. CPC President, Ecological Solutions Inc., Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada

Education: Bachelor of Science in Agriculture B.Sc.(Agr.)

Accreditations: Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.); Certified Professional Consultant (CPC)

Organizations: Alberta Institute of Agrologists, International Society of Arboriculture, Utility Arborist Association, Industrial Vegetation Management Association of Alberta.

Mr. Guggenmoos was a chief architect of the TransAlta Utilities Distribution Line Clearance program, which reduced tree related outages 80%; saved 48 million dollars over two maintenance cycles; had a 98% customer satisfaction rating; and, showed a 21% increase in contractor crew productivity. He was responsible for the herbicide program, associated research and communication. In addition, he brought a financial focus to the program, developing processes for financial comparisons of alternatives to repetitive tree pruning and was intimately involved in the design and assessment of contracting methods.

As president of Ecological Solutions Inc. (Ecosync) Mr. Guggenmoos provides consulting services in vegetation management and biotic greenhouse gas mitigation strategies including biomass-derived energy.

Publications and Presentations:
Author of numerous abstracts and publications; numerous presentations to public, industry and professional associations including international conferences. List of publications available upon request.

bright future
It’s Still Not As Bad As We’ve Been Led to Believe 1
Last month I started on the topic of what state our world is in stimulated by a reading of Bjorn Lomborg’s book The Skeptical Environmentalist.
It’s Not As Bad As We’ve Been Led to Believe
What are the beliefs you have about mankind’s influence on and treatment of the environment? What state is our world in?
tree rings
Critique of Climate Change Science 9
After my August 2014 article, expressing concern about the politicization of science potentially eroding the public’s confidence in science, I received a call from Steve Cieslewicz.
Staying the Course
It’s that time of year when it’s natural to reflect on the past.
Who is Responsible?
Is it possible for us to substantially improve overhead electric system performance during major storm events without resolving the issue of private tree owner responsibility?
trees over powerline
Devolution 2
Utilities are unquestioningly accepting responsibility for the impacts of privately owned trees.
The Politicization of Science 4
Most of us in the electric utility business have a strong respect for science. We readily understand you cannot ignore the laws of physics without putting yourself in harm’s way.
Who is Responsible for Urban Forests? 3
The sky has a certain clarity, a very specific shade of blue when the temperature is -30°C.
You Can’t Win On Defense Alone
Companies that operate in a truly competitive environment vary substantially in strategy and culture from electric utilities.
Drone video
Drones for UVM

Is there a way drones could be used to trim vegetation in areas where terrain would make it difficult to access with conventional equipment?

Tour des Trees
Stumping for Trees
You generally find them at truck stops. Flags that is – big flags. Do you know they’re 40 feet wide?
Maine ice storm, December 2013
Quaking Resolve 2
Both United Illuminating (UI) and Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P) are getting push-back on their enhanced tree trimming program.
Agawa Canyon Wilderness Park
The Beauty of Trees
Trees are such a treat for the senses.
Tree trimmking
The Evolution of Utility Arboriculture
It was some time back in the 1980s that the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) set about bringing professionalism to arboriculture via a certification program.
Media Storms 2
There’s a pattern I’ve noticed. If you work for an electric utility, I’m sure you’ve made the same observation. A major storm is the first wave.

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