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Author(s):Sutherland, D. S.; Holm, L.; Walvatne, P.
Author Affiliation:Minnesota Department of Transportation, Grand Rapids, MN; Minnesota Department of Transportation Environment Services, Oakdale, MN
Title:Communicating vegetation management objectives in sensitive areas
Meeting Info.:December 7-9, 1993, Kansas City, MO
Source:Proceedings of the North Central Weed Science Society. Vol. 49, 1994, p. 100.
# of Pages:1
Publishing Information:Champaign, IL: North Central Weed Science Society
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Roadside turf; Rights-of-way; Public relations; Pesticide use; Herbicides
Abstract/Contents:"Recognizing the importance of public relations in vegetation management activities involving herbicides, especially in sensitive areas, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MN/DOT) chose a proactive approach to communicate vegetation management objectives along 50 miles of scenic Trunk Highway 61 on lake Superior's North shore. MN/DOT held meetings to garner input and communicate objectives to community leaders and other government agencies. Adjacent landowners received mailings describing the project and were given telephone numbers to call for more information. All calls were followed up by a personal visit to discuss concerns face to face. MN/DOT officials recognized that the positive results of these efforts would be negated by the poor workmanship of a contractor. To ensure a quality product, an innovative bidding process was employed which allowed MN/DOT to let a vegetation management contract based on a combination of factors rather than the standard low bid. Communicating constraints and objectives to the contractor and their applicators prior and during actual fieldwork ensured that environmental, general public, and other government agency concerns were addressed. This proactive approach to communication involved a great deal of advance planning and had potential to modify the project either before it began or in progress. The end result, a sensitive vegetation management program with broad public acceptance proved to be worth the effort invested up front."
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ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Sutherland, D. S., L. Holm, and P. Walvatne. 1994. Communicating vegetation management objectives in sensitive areas. Proc. North Cent. Weed Sci. Soc. 49:p. 100.
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