Resilient Right-of-Ways: A guide to community stewardship of Vermont backroads

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In the Resilient Right-of-Ways project, Vermont UCF took a fresh look at community trees that line our roads and liven our public spaces. Research and experience gleaned from 10 rural towns informed the project's newest resource, Resilient Right-of-Ways: A guide to community stewardship of Vermont backroads, a culmination of a collaborative approach to better understand and care for forests, individual trees, and other vegetation along Vermont backroads. Informed by 200 miles of rural roadside assessments and input from over 60 local volunteers and municipally focused professionals, this guide will give you the information you need to choose your community’s priorities and plan of action for your backroads. Use this guide to plan for site-specific tree and forest management that increases roadside resilience in the face of frequent disturbances, such as road construction and vegetation clearing, and long-term constraints, such as budget limitations, changing regulations, and increasing forest pests and disease.

Topics are covered in one or two pages that can be easily printed or shared as individual stewardship actions or municipal goals.

Download the Guide by topic

1    Manageable vegetation width
2    Historic and culturally significant shade trees
3    Roadside ash impact
4    Overhead utilities
5    Invasive plant species
6    Hedgerow locations
7    Tree health and mechanical damage
8    Agriculture in the right-of-way
9    Young forest
10  Mature forest

  • Processes for Backroad Stewardship

1    Know your partners and understand their goals
2    Support diverse and native roadside trees and plants
3    Prepare for emerald ash borer and manage ash tree health
4    Address hazard trees with the tree warden
5    Develop a tree ordinance or policy
6    Develop a roadside mowing policy
            Phenology and management calendar of 12 common roadside invasive plant species in Vermont
7     Understand the role of trees in updated stormwater regulations
8    Maintain backroads and ditches to specifications
9    Create and maintain a public relations plan for roadside vegetation management
10  Keep abreast of funding opportunities