- Remove all trees and brush that:
- Grow under bridge structures
- Obstruct vision
- Interfere with water flow in ditches
- Grow around culvert ends, right-of-way posts, signs, and guard rails
- Cause undesirable snow drifting or inhibit snow removal
- On steep slopes remove soft-wood trees such as poplar, willow, silver (soft) maple, and box elder.
- Dense tree stand such as box elder, black locust, poplar, etc. should be trimmed to a few individual trees.
- Multiple-stemmed trees should be pruned to a single main stem or trunk.
- Outside of or on right-of-way do not trim or remove trees or shrubs without concurrence of property owner and permission of area supervisor.
- Trimming trees that interfere with utility lines is the responsibility of the utility companies, but should be monitored to prevent over-trimming or over-cutting.
- In all cases, any perceived need to clear significant areas of brush or trees must be discussed with and authorized by the area supervisor.
- Cut stumps as close to ground level as possible and consider non-chemical decay treatment.
- Attempt to notify adjacent property owners in advance of tree or brush removal operations.
Do not remove the following shrubs unless they create a safety hazard or interfere with water flow:
- Choke cherry, Elderberry, Grey dogwood, Gooseberry, Hawthorn, Hazelnut, Plum, Rose, Sumac
Remove the following shrubs when found growing with desirable plants:
This policy was adopted by the Dane County Transportation Committee at its meeting on June 11, 1990.