California Department of Transportation

Integrated Vegetation Management

Integrated Vegetation Management is an assessment and management tool for maintaining desired vegetation, such as highway plantings, existing colonized plantings and/or colonized native species within the right-of-way. The program is driven by a variety of issues, such as:

  • Safety - minimizing fire concerns and promoting visibility of traffic, highway structures, and wildlife
  • Controlling noxious weeds and pests
  • Promoting good drainage to minimize storm-water runoff and erosion
  • Protecting pavement and roadway devices
  • Local communities and highway users
  • Design, construction, and maintenance considerations
  • Government statutes and regulation

Related Links

  California Roadsides - A New Perspective
    "The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) manages approximately 15,000 miles of highway and more than 230,000 acres of right-of-way throughout California. A Major portion of the management and maintenance effort is devoted to activities associated with vegetation control. California Roadsides, A New Perspective addresses these issues."
  City of Santa Cruz Pilot Program
If you have questions about the Integrated Vegetation Management Program within District 5 or the City of Santa Cruz Pilot Program you may e-mail them to
Last updated: November 9, 2007