A Guide for Roadside Vegetation Management Supporting the Prevention and Control of Wildfires

Wildfires near roadways have increased in frequency and intensity due to factors such as drought and invasive species. This trend adversely impacts environmental health and public safety. The risk of wildfires is compounded by increased traffic volumes since consequences of vehicle operation, such as accidents or sparking, can result in wildfire ignition within roadside vegetation. State departments of transportation (DOTs) have adopted innovative solutions in roadside vegetation management in response to these challenges. A study of known wildfire risk factors and effective roadside vegetation management practices in response thereto is needed to establish an ongoing national adaptive roadside management strategy. The objective of this research is to develop a guide for state DOTs on roadside vegetation management that promotes the prevention and control of wildfires. At minimum, the guide will highlight effective practices and areas of concern within roadside vegetation operations, areas of possible improvement, and suggestions for future study.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $375000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 25-71

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Brooks, Mike

  • Start Date: 20240615
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01904520
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 25-71
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jan 15 2024 7:30PM