MANAGEMENT OF FOREST STANDS ON HIGHWAY RIGHT-OF-WAYS

THIS PAPER IS PRESENTED IN AN EFFORT TO ENCOURAGE THE INCORPORATION OF ECOLOGICALLY SOUND FOREST MANAGEMENT INTO DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, AND MAINTENANCE OF HIGHWAYS, AND SO, REDUCE POLLUTION, PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL SOURCE OF RAW MATERIAL, AND REDUCE MAINTENANCE COSTS BY THE CONTINUOUS SALE OF FOREST PRODUCTS FROM FOREST STANDS ON THE HIGHWAY RIGHT-OF-WAYS. THE CLEARING OF VEGETATION FOR MAJOR HIGHWAYS EXPOSES FACES ON THE EDGES TO DETRIMENTAL WIND, LIGHT, MOISTURE AND SOIL TEMPERATURE CHANGES. LAND FILL AREAS CAUSE SIMILAR CHANGES. THINNING AND PRUNING OF FOREST TREES BY LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS, EFFECTS OF THE USE OF DEICING SALTS, HEAVY EQUIPMENT, AND CHANGES IN DRAINAGE PATTERNS CAUSED BY HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION ARE REVIEWED. SOME GENERAL FOREST ECOLOGY CONCEPTS ARE LISTED. GUIDELINES FOR FOREST MANAGEMENT OF HIGHWAY RIGHT-OF-WAY ARE PRESENTED. CARE MUST BE EXERCISED IN ROAD LOCATION TO INSURE THAT IT DOES NOT PASS THROUGH A NATURAL AREA OF PUBLIC INTEREST. THE DESIGN OF EACH SEGMENT OF A NEW HIGHWAY TO MINIMIZE CHANGES IN NATURAL DRAINAGE IS AN IMPORTANT ASPECT OF HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION. THE INCLUSION OF FORESTERS IN THE STAFFS OF STATE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS AND THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN THE PLANNING, DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, AND MAINTENANCE OF HIGHWAYS AND THE PLANNING, SUPERVISION AND USAGE OF FOREST PRODUCTS IS URGED.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Maine, Orono

    Life Science and Agriculture Experimental Station
    Orono, ME  United States  04469
  • Authors:
    • Young, H E
  • Publication Date: 1973-2

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 9 p.
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 20
    • Issue Number: 12

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00205244
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 28 1973 12:00AM