Presented in Cleveland, OH, 1996 International Society of Arboriculture Conference; printed in the Fall 1996 UAA Quarterly:

Outage statistics are the most meaningful measure of the success or failure of a line clearance program. Using vegetation inventories as a basis for modelling budget impacts on future outages and budget requirements represents a powerful tool for securing adequate funding. The combination of outage history and predictions can be used to demonstrate due diligence, thereby managing the risk associated with tree-conductor contacts...