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ROW Smart Monitoring for Wildfire Mitigation
Vegetation and Asset Management in Utility and Municipal Rights of Way 

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Utilities and cities must act quickly to identify and mitigate wildfire risks in their Right of Way.  Join this webinar to learn how geospatial technologies can help.

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As climate change drives increased wildfire activity around the world, vegetation management is becoming key to wildfire mitigation. When drought, climate change and vegetation management are combined with utility and municipality asset failures, wildfires may result and can have devastating effects on people, property and critical infrastructure. Utilities and cities must continue to act  to identify and mitigate wildfire risks in their Right of Way.

In this webinar you will learn how geospatial technologies can help to proactively monitor and mitigate wildfire damage.  We will discuss:


  • Identifying fire probability areas

  • Monitoring vegetation condition changes

  • Integrating workflows for vegetation management (Management, field crews, and contractors)

Role of geospatial technologies:

  • Smart monitoring / sensor technologies

  • Geospatial modeling 


  • Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs)

  • Public Utilities

  • Rural Electric Cooperatives

  • Utility Engineers

  • Utility Service Providers

  • DOTs

  • Railroads

  • Local, state, national governmental agencies

  • and more...

Conference Format

Hosted on an exciting and interactive virtual event platform, this event features a virtual auditorium, plus intuitive one-on-one private meetings by video.  Meet and network with speakers, attendees and sponsors in custom video lounges.

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This event may qualify for GIS Certification Institute continuing education credits.

To submit for GISP Points, visit to self-submit the event curriculum for approval



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Dennis Fallon

Executive Director, Utility Arborists Association

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Dennis Fallon is a Utility Arborist and Executive Director of the Utility Arborist Association. Prior to his current role he was responsible for leading vegetation management programs across several upper Midwest states on behalf of a large investor-owned utility. He’s also been an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he facilitated the Utility Vegetation Management Certificate Program – a combined effort of the Utility Arborist Association and the Utility Vegetation Management Association. Fallon has an undergraduate degree in Urban & Community Forestry and a Master’s degree in Forestry from the University of Minnesota-St. Paul.


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Dr. Jason Sibold

Professor of Geography, Dept of Anthropology and Geography, Colorado State University

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Jason Sibold is a Professor of Geography at Colorado State University. He is the founder of the Geography Program at CSU, director of the Biogeography Laboratory, and executive committee member of the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at CSU. Jason studies forest ecosystem dynamics and change in the context of climate change, insect outbreaks, and wildfires in Patagonia, Alaska, and the Rocky Mountains. His work is focused on solving critical issues for forest ecosystem management, restoration and conservation. He uses a range of methods including dendroecological techniques, remote sensing, GIS and spatial modeling. He receives funding from the US Forest Service, National Park Service, Joint Fire Sciences Program, Department of the Interior, and the Aldo Leopold Research Institute. He collaborates with a wide range of organizations to address forest health and wildfire issues. Specifically, he has worked with towns and cities (e.g. Telluride and Aspen, CO), the US Forest Service (e.g. Lead Scientist for the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests), and non-profit conservation organizations. At the national level, he has testified to congressional committees on pending legislation and worked with Senator Michael Bennet on legislation to address the wildfire crisis.

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Jeff Wissing

Vegetation Management Supervisor, Holy Cross Energy

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Jeff Wissing is Vegetation Management Supervisor at Holy Cross Energy. Jeff has been with Holy Cross since 1993, working initially as a tree trimmer and line clearing foreman, through to supervisory roles in line clearance and vegetation management. His on-the-ground experience has given Jeff a unique perspective into the challenges faced by utilities in the rural and Wildland Urban Interface. 

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Anthony Palizzi

Director of Sales, Americas, LiveEO

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Anthony Palizzi is Director of Sales, Americas with Live EO.  As a proven entrepreneurial business leader with a long history in the Geospatial industry, he was involved in one of the first companies selling commercial satellite imagery in the 1990s. Anthony has 28+ years of progressive experience in leadership, business development, marketing, and sales, and served in several executive management positions – leading geospatial, software, technology, and consulting firms. Anthony has a Master’s of Science/Organization Development from Regis University and a Bachelor of Science in Geology/Land Use from Metropolitan State University.



Tuesday, June 13, 2023
All times in US Mountain time



Moderator's Welcome Remarks


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An introduction and overview of the day's proceedings.



Utilities' Wildfire Mitigation Challenges - Panel session


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A panel presentation and discussion featuring utilities' representatives who will share their experiences and challenges in wildfire mitigation.



Municipalities' Wildfire Mitigation Challenges - Panel session


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A panel presentation and discussion featuring representatives from cities, towns and municipalities who will share their experiences and challenges in wildfire mitigation. 



Wildfire Risk Mitigation Strategies: Vegetation Management


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A panel presentation and discussion focused on vegetation management strategies for wildfire risk mitigation.



Wildfire Risk Mitigation Strategies: Asset Management


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A panel presentation and discussion focused on asset management strategies for wildfire risk mitigation.



Audience Q&A and Networking


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Session wrap-up and audience question-and-answers.



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The World Geospatial Industry Council is an association of companies representing the entire ecosystem of geospatial industry. WGIC endeavors to enhance the role of the geospatial industry and strengthen its contribution in global economy and society. We facilitate exchange of knowledge within the geospatial industry and co-creation of larger business opportunities for the geospatial industry. We represent business interest, share perspectives of the geospatial industry and undertake policy advocacy and dialogue with public authorities, multilateral agencies and other relevant bodies.

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