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Old 03-22-2011, 03:00 PM   #1
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Default Roadside vegetation.

Many states have adopted native plants as part of their roadside vegetation plan. Those state plans are a wonderful place to get information regarding native plants that work under local circumstances. Have a slope or ditch,got an area that gets lots of salt spray in winter, need suggesions for native grasses that help keep weeds at bay? These and more are discussed within the roadside plans for many states.
Illinois even has a wildlife evaluation as part of the information. This increases animal and insect corridors along the miles of roads,but I'm not sure how it impacts road kill. If this aspect of roadside vegetation is being addressed I have not found it yet.

Minnesota has a very good detailed pdf about best practices for roadside planting that can help us evaluate home native plantings.

http://www.csu.edu/cerc/researchrepo...tation2000.pdf

Native Prairie Plants for Roadside Use in Illinois

Native Prairie Plants for Roadside Use in Illinois

Native Trees for Roadside Use in Illinois

http://www.inhs.uiuc.edu/~kenr/shrubstable.html


What has you state made available?
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Old 03-22-2011, 06:01 PM   #2
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Great find, Gloria!

So far, I've only checked out the link to trees--many plants have a wide native range, so I'll be able to use most of this information. I should search to see if PA has anything similar...maybe later, I'm trying to prepare for what I'm going to do for tomorrow's club.
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Old 03-22-2011, 07:08 PM   #3
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Good Question, Will Predated animals like rabbit, squirrel,ground hogs, and deer be attracted to food/cover plants and become roadkill in the process? My theory is the prey animals see the roadway as a danger,, It's wide open with no cover and the speeding cars are just another predator to them. If they can find enough food and shelter they won't venture out into the open roadway. If you ever saw the Gabriel shock commercial or saw how a squirrel caught by surprise by an on-coming car changes direction it seems like they are trying to evade a predator. Now on the other hand you seem to see more predators as roadkill,,Maybe because their hunting grounds are larger or they are night-hunters.
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Old 03-22-2011, 11:28 PM   #4
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Excellent stuff Gloria. You are an amazing link finder.
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:01 AM   #5
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There's been some work done by our DOT also - Maintenance Program - Publication 461

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This Guidebook is aimed at the non-professional landscape enthusiasts. The goal is that citizen groups and businesses of all kinds will undertake planting projects within the highway right-of-way

(R/W) in the same manner as has been done so successfully with litter abatement. The local
Chamber of Commerce may want to plant the interchange that represents the primary gateway to town. A company may desire to plant a major boulevard street that leads to its main office. The Guidebook may also be useful for PENNDOT County Maintenance Offices as they consider reducing and simplifying maintenance of right-of-way, by outlining ways to cut down on mowing and other more intensive maintenance duties.
106 pages. Get a cup of java while you download...

Quick sample of the info: 8 groundcovers are listed - all non-native!


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There's been some work done by our DOT also - Maintenance Program - Publication 461
Thanks for the link.

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Quick sample of the info: 8 groundcovers are listed - all non-native!
~sigh~ I kinda guessed that would be the case. Is there anything we can do to get them to change that and encourage the planting of natives?
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Old 03-23-2011, 05:05 PM   #7
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Here is a link for Idaho. It list the areas ecoregions and a lot of plants that can be used in those areas.

http://itd.idaho.gov/manuals/Online_...vegetation.pdf


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Idaho Ecoregions
Blue Mountains
Columbia Plateau
Idaho Batholith
Middle Rockies
Northern Rockies
Snake River Plain
Wasatch and Uinta Mountains
Wyoming Basin
Northern Basin and Range
Central Basin and Range
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Look what I found...scroll to the bottom for a few other state links.

http://www.xerces.org/wp-content/upl...s-society1.pdf
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[QUOTE=Gloria;89486]Look what I found...scroll to the bottom for a few other state links.

http://www.xerces.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/roadside-guidelines_xerces-society1.pdf[/QUOTE]

What a beautiful pamphlet espousing improving habitat!
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Look what I found...scroll to the bottom for a few other state links.
Nice!
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