Assessment and Placement of Living Snow Fences to Reduce Highway Maintenance Costs and Improve Safety

Living snow fences are designed plantings of trees, shrubs, and native grasses along roads that create a vegetative buffer to trap and control blowing and drifting snow. These strategically placed fences have been shown to be cost-effective in reducing highway maintenance associated with blowing and drifting snow conditions. This research project will provide recommendations on how to establish and maintain a living snow fencing program including location selection, partnerships with adjacent landowners, species selection, planting and maintenance guides, and fence design. A geographic information system (GIS) will be used to identify priority and secondary areas for snow fencing placement.