IMPROPER WETLAND DRAINAGE MAKES WATER-KILLED TREES A PROBLEM IN ROADSIDE AESTHETICS

IN RECENT YEARS, INCREASING EMPHASIS HAS BEEN GIVEN TO THE PRESERVATION OF NATURAL BEAUTY. ONE OF THE MOST SERIOUS THREATS TO INDIGENOUS GROWTH OF TREES AND BUSHES ALONG THE ROADSIDES COMES FROM THE IMPROPER OR INADEQUATE DRAINAGE OF HIGHWAYS CROSSING WETLAND AREAS. ROADS CAN ACT AS LOW-LYING DAMS, RAISING WATER LEVELS AS MUCH AS TWO FEET. LOW-STANDARD GRAVEL OR DIRT ROADS, ESPECIALLY OLDER ONES IN THE RURAL SECTIONS, ARE THE WORST AS THEY FREQUENTLY HAVE NO CROSS DRAINAGE AT ALL. AS WELL AS KILLING THE TREES WITHIN THE HIGHWAY RIGHT-OF-WAY, THE DAMAGE CAN SPREAD BACK INTO PRIVATE LAND. METHODS TO PREVENT OR CORRECT THE SITUATION INCLUDE CLOSER COOPERATION BETWEEN AGRICULTURAL EXPERTS AND HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS. /AUTHOR/

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    • Vol 36, No 8, PP 24-26
  • Authors:
    • Stoeckeler, H S
    • Stoeckeler, J H
  • Publication Date: 1966-8

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  • Accession Number: 00204179
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  • Created Date: Dec 30 1994 12:00AM