Trees and Lines

Trees and Lines

Utility vegetation management (UVM) manages risks and controls vegetation that could potentially threaten power lines, railways, roadways, etc. It is perhaps one of the most important fields of environmental impact in the 21st century and is especially important in the U.S., where it is the largest factor in managing outages and the reliability of utilities.In Trees & Lines utility vegetation management podcast, veteran Phil Charlton and Iapetus COO Tej Singh discuss the future of this critical industry and together with keynote guests explore how UVM industry leaders are investing in new technologies, redefining safety culture, addressing ESG (environmental, social, governance) initiatives, and bringing awareness to career opportunities in the burgeoning field of UVM. It's a fresh take on an industry that once operated quietly and is now part of a global discussion with mainstream visibility.


March 8, 2023 32 min

On this episode of the Trees & Lines Podcast, we talk to Dr. Carolyn Mahan about the Game Lands 33 Research Project which has guided the vegetation management industry for the last 65 years in preserving wildlife communities including birds, bees, and all manner of animals and plants that live in the utility rights-of-way. Dr. Mahan gives us an inside look at how they have preserved these communities in the past, and the ongoin...

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Welcome back to the second part in our 2 part interview with Eric Brown from SMUD. In this episode we explore how Eric and SMUD were able to get their Right-of-Way Stewardship Accreditation, Eric's understanding of risk, his time as the President of the Utility Arborist Association, and his advice to Arborists entering the industry. If you enjoy this episode please like, subscribe, and check us out on linkedin!


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Welcome to another episode of the Trees & Lines podcast. Today, we have the first part of a 2-part interview with SMUD’s T&D System Manager, Eric Brown. SMUD, or the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, is the nation’s sixth largest community-owned electric utility that services Sacramento and parts of Placer County. In this first part we look into Eric's role as Manager at SMUD and the day-to-day operations at SMUD. ...

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On this latest podcast episode of Trees and Lines, Larry Abernathy, Consulting Utility Arborist for the Utility Arborist Association, joins us to talk about what a career in vegetation management looks like, how the UAA has created a curriculum with scholarships available, and his ongoing mission to keep workers safe on the job. Don't miss out on this fascinating episode of Trees and Lines!

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Join us on this podcast episode of Trees & Lines as we continue our discussion in the Utility Vegetation Management industry. Steve Hallmark joins Tej Singh and Phillip Charlton to discuss the Right of Way Stewardship and how it has shaped the industry standards for the safety of the workers. Steve talks about how he was one of the first Right of Way accredited stewards in the program.  He recalls his journey in the Vegetation ...

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Bert Stewart, Reliability Analytics and Vegetation Strategy Manager at National Grid, joins Dr. Phil Charlton and Tej Singh on our latest podcast episode of Trees & Lines. We explore how National Grid has shifted into a more condition-based analytical approach vs. a timed-based VM approach, challenges they have faced during this transition, and how they’re leveraging digital solutions. We also get a behind-the-scenes look at a ...

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In another fascinating dive into vegetation management, we now explore the technology driving the industry. Christopher Kelly, CEO of Clearion Software, joins our hosts, Tej Singh and Phil Charlton, to discuss how utilities are using the latest geospatial technologies to solve complex workflow and information management challenges in the vegetation management community. Don't miss out on this informative episode of the Trees &a...

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Trees & Lines Vegetation Management Podcast is excited sit down with Vegetation Management powerhouse Lew Payne. Lew talks about the challenges of Vegetation Management in a heavily regulated state, the types of technologies they use, and Lew's unique strategy of managing vegetation with vegetation. Join us on this insightful episode of the Trees & Lines Podcast.


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Nigel Barry of Intelfuse joins our hosts, Phil Charlton and Tej Singh, on this latest episode of 'Trees & Lines.' One of the main topics he discusses is how LIDAR and satellites can obtain more accurate vegetation data and the challenges that come with using this type of technology. Nigel also shares his perspective from the international vegetation market and discusses how cultural differences between Australia and the...

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On this latest episode of Trees & Lines, John Goodfellow joins our hosts, Tej and Phil, to discuss what the vegetation management industry has learned over the years and what it is still lacking. Join us in this fascinating conversation with one of the industries most well known experts, as we dive into the past and future of vegetation management and the need for the human component as well as advancing technologies.

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Sara Sankowich is featured by our hosts, Tej Singh and Phil Charlton, on this latest episode of “Trees & Lines”. Sara is a great leader in the vegetation management industry.  In this episode, she speaks about how she has led the way at Unitil in diversity and inclusion, creating new programs to help shape the future of their employees.


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Thanks for joining us on this episode of, 'Trees & Lines.' Our hosts, Phil Charlton and Tej Singh, sit down with Vice President of External Affairs and Economic Growth Development, at NextEra Energy company Pam Rauch. In this exciting episode we discuss how NextEra became the US's largest utility, how they approach situations innovatively, good corporate culture, and renewable investments. We hope you enjoy listenin...

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February 17, 2022 25 min

In the first episode of Trees & Lines, co-hosts Tej Singh and UVM veteran Phil Charlton welcome listeners, discuss the state of the UVM industry, and provide a preview of the topics and issues they'll be tackling with a wide range of industry experts and thought leaders.


  • Phil's background and long experience in UVM
  • Tej's background in electrical engineering, investing, and entrepreneurship
  • The rapid rate of ...
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