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Roadside Vegetation Management

Environmental Stewardship

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What we do

We create safer traveling conditions, improved water quality and aesthetically pleasing landscapes for the highway user.

Roadside Vegetation Management

MnDOT manages approximately 175, 000 acres of green space throughout Minnesota. We utilize various management techniques such as mowing, planting, prescribed fire, selective use of herbicides, biological control agents, and seeding to achieve the desired appearance along our roadsides. If properly designed and maintained, roadside vegetation can become more self-sustaining requiring less maintenance over time.



Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management - Vegetation and vegetation control along roadsides are important to safety and aesthetics. Effective management requires an integrated approach incorporating the needs of local communities and users with a broad knowledge of plant ecology and natural processes, design, construction, and maintenance; monitoring and evaluation procedures; government statutes and regulations; and technology.

Living snow fences - Living snow fences are trees, shrubs and native grasses located along roads or around communities and farmsteads. Properly designed and placed, these living barriers trap snow as it blows across fields, piling it up before it reaches a road, waterway, farmstead or community.

Prescribed fire - Fire is an important aspect of vegetation management because many types of plants actually need fire for ideal growth. Fire is used in combination with mowing, herbicide application, biological control and planting.


Project landscaping - During the design phase of a road project, landscape designs are created. After some road construction projects are complete, landscaping is installed.