Topic: Utility line clearance (pruning) is often misunderstood and leads to frustration and conflict between utility arborists and homeowners. Education is needed to help homeowners and managers differentiate good from bad utility pruning. This presentation will cover the following topics: Why utilities prune, describe vegetation clearance approaches, history of utility pruning, problems of utility pruning and clarify solutions for utility pruning problems.
Bio: Randall H. Miller is with CNUC as the Director of Research, Development and Industry Intelligence. Miller holds a bachelor of science degree in horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in urban forestry from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point. He is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist and an ISA Certified Utility Specialist (IL-0225 BU). He has been Chair of the TREE Fund Board of Trustees, President of the Utility Arborist Association, twice Chair of the Edison Electric Institute Vegetation Management Task Force, President of the Oregon Community Forest Council (now Oregon Community Trees), and editor of the ISA Rocky Mountain Chapter newsletter. He has served on the ISA Certification Test Committee and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Arboriculture and Urban Forestry. Randall is recipient of the 2005 ISA RW Harris Author’s Citation and has the ISA Integrated Vegetation Management Best Management Practices and, with Geoff Kempter, the upcoming Utility Specialist Certification Study Guide among his credits. He speaks widely on arboricultural topics.