Managing Minnesota's Roadsides:
What the Office of Environmental Services' Roadside Vegetation Management Unit Does and How We Can Help You Do Your Job
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The Roadside Vegetation Management (RVM) Unit in the Office of Environmental Services consists of just that. Botanist Ken Graeve, Horticulturalist Paul Voigt, and Foresters Paul Walvatne, Dan Gullickson, and Tina Markeson all have jobs that revolve around helping MnDOT manage our grass, wildflowers, weeds, shrubs, and trees along our roadsides. In some cases, they even use vegetation to help with snow control.
The RVM Unit helps districts with vegetation reviews during early notification memos for projects, helps Design avoid cutting down valuable trees, and helps Maintenance employees decide how best to manage planned and volunteer vegetation.
The RVM Unit also leads Research Projects that help MnDOT manage vegetation in the most efficient and cost-effective methods. Some of these projects include Living Snow Fences, Weed Mapping, and Wetblade.