The Utility Arborist Association (UAA) is pleased to support another vegetation management supplement in this issue of Transmission & Distribution World. T&D World is to be commended for its efforts in keeping vegetation management at the forefront by providing readers the most contemporary editorial coverage on the topic and by developing a new microsite that will link the UAA to the world. With the ever-evolving regulatory climate across North America, it is important that the messages in this supplement reach as many utility managers as possible.

How regulators deal with the demand for improved reliability will be crucial to vegetation management programs, as will the growing relationship between North American transmission owners and regional reliability organizations. Will they be paying closer attention to the new North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) transmission standard designed to help prevent vegetation-related outages? Timing will also be critical for utilities as they balance available resources to ramp up for fast-approaching scheduled work.

The UAA and our 1700 members are proud to be a part of this great industry. From utility and municipal partnerships to learning how trees cause outages, from asset management to herbicides, UAA members are always ready and able to do our part in maintaining electric systems from the smallest cooperative to the largest investor-owned utility.
With highest regards,
Jim Orr
Utility Arborist Association

Jim Orr is president of the Utility Arborist Association
and general manager of technical services for
Asplundh Tree Expert Co.