Wednesday May 4th, 3:00pm, Utility Breakout “Electrical Parade”
In response to Governor Brown’s Drought Emergency Declaration (Jan 18, 2014) and Tree Mortality Emergency Proclamation (Oct 31, 2015), PG&E Vegetation Management (VM) undertook extraordinary work to ensure public safety.
The initiatives included conducting redundant aerial and ground patrols to identify and abate hazardous trees in drought affected areas with high risk of fire; developing and using integrated LiDAR and spectral imagery with technology-based routing; installing and supporting fire detection cameras; funding aerial fire patrols; funding Fire Safe Councils to conduct community-based fire preparedness and fuel reduction; and supporting Cal-Fire’s public messaging programs.
Niel’s presentation will explain each of the elements and the overall results with discussion around the crucial public safety aspect of this work.
Niel E. Fischer, Esq., California Registered Professional Forester (RPF) No. 2448 Principal, PG&E Vegetation Management Department
Niel graduated in 1987from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry. Niel has been a RPF since July 1992 and practiced private, industrial and non-industrial forestry for about 18 years.
Niel graduated from law school in December 2003 and was admitted to the California Bar in June 2004. He is licensed to practice in all California Courts and the Federal Eastern District Court of California. After practicing general law for about a year, Niel joined PG&E where he is currently a Principal within PG&E’s Vegetation Management Program.
Niel is a member of the Environmental Law Section of the California Bar Association; a member and former Director of the California Licensed Foresters Association and a Director of the California Fire Safe Council.