Join the Right-of-Way Stewardship Council at Industrial Vegetation Management Association of Alberta's 2015 Conference

 

Presentation to address Right-of-Way Stewardship program and third-party certification of utility vegetation management 

 

 

(Minneapolis, MN) - Dr. Chris Nowak, Professor at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, will be presenting on the Right-Of-Way Stewardship Council (ROWSC) accreditation program at the Industrial Vegetation Management Association of Alberta's 2015 Conference. The ROWSC accredits utility managers of electric transmission lines for their sustainable Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) practices. Dr. Nowak is also a lead auditor for the ROWSC program.

 

The presentation, titled "Right-of-Way Stewardship Program and Third-Party Certification of Utility Vegetation Management - What is it? Where did it come from? Where is it going?", will discuss the history and origin of the ROWSC accreditation program, its benefits to utility corridor vegetation managers, and what it means to be a Right-of-Way Steward.

 

Vegetation management on electric transmission line rights-of-way is complex, rich, broad and challenging. It is amongst the most intense and demanding vegetation management in the world, with that intensity and demand increasing with each decade as society changes and consumption of electricity grows. Interconnections among environment, social interest, and economics, along with institutional and administrative needs and complexities, have resulted in vegetation management programs that are models of sustainability. The ROWSC program promotes the application IVM and best management practices to the utility vegetation management industry in order to maintain power system reliability and address social and ecological concerns. The accreditation provides standards of excellence for environmental stewardship and presents the opportunity for companies to demonstrate their commitment to such standards. 

 

Dr. Nowak is is a professor and scientist with four college degrees from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, including degrees in Forest Technology and Forest Resources Management. His experience in forest ecology, silviculture and vegetation management extends back 30 years with research, teaching and service related to powerline corridor, highway and pipeline rights-of-way vegetation management, and intensive and extensive silviculture in fast-growing hardwood plantations and natural, northern conifer and hardwood forests across Northeastern North America. Over the last decade, he has fostered the development of national IVM performance criteria and the application of those criteria to utilities across North America, including recent assessment and auditing work with the Electric Power Research Institute and the ROWSC.

 

The Industrial Vegetation Management Association of Alberta's 2015 Conference will take place at the Marriot River Cree Resort in Edmonton, Alberta from March 24th-26th, 2015. Dr. Nowak's hour-long presentation will take place on March 24th. For registration and agenda, click here.

 


 

About Right-of-Way Stewardship Council
Right-of-way Stewardship Council is an accreditation program that is being pursued by a diverse group of stakeholders to provide standards of excellence for environmental stewardship along rights-of-way (ROW) and presents the opportunity for utility companies to demonstrate their commitment to such standards. It establishes standards for responsible ROW vegetation management within high-voltage electric transmission corridors. The aim of the program is to promote the application of integrated vegetation management and best management practices to the utility vegetation management industry in order to maintain power system reliability and address ecological concerns.