Integrated Vegetation Management Program Enhancements: Final Report

From 2010-2015, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry conducted a series of research and development projects to enhance New York State Department of Transportation’s vegetation management program. New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has committed to using an Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) approach to meeting roadside right-of-way objectives and was looking to strengthen capacity in that regard. The primary focus of the research was to develop vegetation management procedures and planning specific to New York State Department of Transportation. Roadside vegetation management is of high interest to transportation and resource agencies nationally. Such agencies are struggling to balance the need for clear sight distances and obstacle-free roadside; control the spread of invasive species through the right-of-way corridor; and minimize the potential environmental impacts from vegetation control. Five research tasks related to roadside right-of-way (ROW) vegetation management were conducted, including two on developing strategic plans, one on updating an existing IVM procedure document, two on field testing natural herbicides, and another on field testing cut stump herbicide methods for controlling oriental bittersweet. These research and development studies were accompanied by technology transfer, including the development of workshops and factsheets. New York State Department of Transportation has already incorporated results from the field studies in terms of changing vegetation management practices. Elevated efforts in planning are expected over the next few years.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 38p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01603674
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: SPR Research Project No. C-06-24
  • Created Date: Jun 13 2016 10:54AM