A Guidebook for Developing Regional and Residency Vegetation Management Plans as Part of Strategic Planning for the New York State Department of Transportation

A guidebook was developed to help interested organizations in New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) to undertake local strategic plans to strengthen vegetation management. It was developed in a way that reflects general vegetation management best practices for planning and treatment. The information reflected safety, infrastructure preservation, budgetary, environmental and socioeconomic factors that influence roadside vegetation management. The guidebook is a tailored compilation of existing guidebooks and select other planning and performance references applicable to vegetation management planning for roadside management planning at the region or residency level. A separate task addressed the processes and issues with preparing an agency-wide strategic vegetation management plan. However, transportation agencies need plans for shorter time horizons and smaller organizational units than those expected to be in an-agency-wide strategic plan. The guidebook is organized around key components of a resource management plan, principally from the Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation’s 2003 Resource Management Plan Guidebook. Additionally, a variety of other guidebooks and texts were gleaned for salient ideas on rights-of-way and vegetation management planning. A framework for the development of a region/residency vegetation management plan (RVMP) was developed and includes a suggested format that contains certain planning components. This framework, including descriptions and definitions of the planning components, is intended to provide direction, consistency and uniformity in the preparation of an RVMP. A region or residency could use this guidebook to produce the first RVMP, which would test the guide components and their validity and usefulness. A model plan demonstrating how each of the components should be formatted and completed would be a useful companion to this guide in it application.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; References;
  • Pagination: 28p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01603541
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: SPR Research Project No. C-06-24
  • Created Date: Jun 13 2016 10:57AM