Statement of Purpose

The Mountain Lake Vegetation Management Council was organized in 1955 and incorporated as a non-profit research and education group in 1967 in the Commonwealth of Virginia under chapter 2 of title 13.1 of the code of Virginia. The purpose of Mountain Lake, as stated in the by laws, are:

To promote improvement in the rights-of-way management, in particular, to encourage the further study and research in ecologically sound and aesthetic vegetation control and management, to analyze and disseminate information relating thereto, to encourage cooperation with other organizations whose interests parallel or complement those in this Council, and to represent the judgment of this organization in the matters of policy which affects rights-of-way.

The Council, with direction from a Board of Directors and it's membership, has endeavored to fulfill these guidelines through research studies on improved methods of vegetation control on rights-of-way. In addition, the Council has acted as an advisory group to federal, state, and local agencies that have promulgated legislation affecting proper vegetation maintenance. The governing body has also intervened in cases where misleading or incorrect information could cause the industry to sustain severe penalties.

These activities are made possible by support and contributions from utility companies, chemical manufacturing and distribution firms, contractors, applicators, state highway departments, universities, and the US government.

Present amendment at Annual Meeting for membership vote on Tuesday, September 27th

  • Purpose of change: Board identified Treasurer position is important to hold this officer position for longer than 1 yr term, to drive continuity and consistency with duties as defined in Article 6, Section 3 Duties of Secretary-Treasurer

Current By-law language:

Section 4.  Officers.  The Board of Directors shall meet during the annual meeting and shall elect a president and vice-president from among themselves, and a secretary and a treasurer, who may or may not be a member of the Council.  Such officers shall hold office for one year; or until their successors are duly elected and qualified unless earlier removed by death, resignation or for cause.  The Board of Directors shall also have the power to elect or appoint an Executive Secretary or any assistant officers that shall be found necessary to the operation of the Council.

Suggested By-law language:

Section 4.  Officers.  The Board of Directors shall meet during the annual meeting and shall elect a president and vice-president from among themselves, and a secretary and a treasurer, who may or may not be a member of the Council.  Such officers Elected president and vice-president officers shall hold office for one year; or until their successors are duly elected and qualified unless earlier removed by death, resignation or for cause.  Elected secretary and treasurer shall hold office for minimum of one year; or be granted ability to serve a maximum of 2 consecutive terms (6 years) and must be a member in good standing or given a complimentary membership status by Board of Directors to serve in advisory capacity beyond one year. The Board of Directors shall also have the power to elect or appoint an Executive Secretary or any assistant officers that shall be found necessary to the operation of the Council.

By-Laws (updated 2021): Link here

Board of Directors

President:  Ben Bradburn, bnbradburn@aep.com

Vice President:  Koby Cutchall, kcutchall@arborchem.com

Secretary:  Bryan Rose, brose3@arborchem.com

Treasurers: Matt Sink, mssink@aep.com
                      Ed Cunningham- ed@treepriorities.com

Other Board Members

Ben Bradburn- AEP- bnbradburn@aep.com

David Caldwell- Helena-     caldwelld@helenaagri.com

Ed Cunningham- Tree Priorities-  ed@treepriorities.com

Koby Cutchall- Arborchem- kcutchall@arborchem.com  full term

Scott Eikenbary- Davey DRG- scott.eikenbary@davey.com

Steve Feggeler- AEP- sffeggeler@aep.com

Stephen Hilbert- Asplundh- shilbert@asplundh.com

Scott Koening- Pittmans- scott@pittmansinc.com

Wes Moorhead- Pittmans- wes.moorhead@pittmansinc.com  2 year term

Ron Muir- First Energy- rmuir@firstenergycorp.com 1 year term

Dustin Rhoades- Davey DRG-  dustin.rhoades@davey.com Full term

Bryan Rose-Arborchem- brose3@arborchem.com full term

Katrina Schnobrich- First Energy-  schnobrichk@firstenergycorp.com full term

Matt Sink- AEP- mssink@aep.com

Shawn Stahl- Progressive Solutions- sstahl@progressivesolutions.net  1 year term

Adam Warf- ECI- awarf@eci-consulting.com