Integrated Vegetation Management Program

Lane County’s Road Maintenance Division is responsible for managing vegetation in the right-of-way along our 1400 miles of county roads which span from the Pacific Coast to the Cascade Mountains. Our Integrated Vegetation Management Program strives to promote practices that emphasize environmental protection, promote public safety and sustain road system integrity, all while serving as a positive model for environmental stewardship. By working with a data-driven management approach through planning, monitoring and annual review of our management activities, Lane County looks to use the right tool for the right job to achieve a cost-effective use of resources while protecting the environment. This integrated and adaptive approach manages vegetation in the right-of-way using a combination of mechanical and chemical methods of control.

Mowing

The vast majority our vegetation work is conducted by tractors with flail or brush mower attachments. We strive to complete a 'safety strip' mow of the right-of-way in spring/summer and a 'full-width' mow in summer/fall. 

safety strip mowing

Herbicide Use

In October 2016, the Board of County Commissioners adopted Ordinance 16-07, the Roadside Integrated Vegetation Management Policy, which was developed from consensus-based recommendations of the Vegetation Management Task Force for limited, data-driven herbicide use within our road right-of-ways. This action was based on years of planning and public engagement as outlined on our Vegetation Program Background page.

Application areas will focus on overgrown guardrails, noxious weed management and control, as well as direct stump applications for “stump-sprouting” tree species. Any herbicide use within these high priority areas derives from a Permitted Product List approved by the Public Health Advisory Committee. We at Lane County are committed to a targeted, limited herbicide-use program using control methods that emphasize environmental protection and public health and safety.

herbicide use

Interactive Map of 2018 Herbicide Application Areas
This interactive map allows you to review Herbicide treatments applied by Lane County Public Works along Lane County guardrails and roads.

http://lcmaps.lanecounty.org/RoadTreatment


No Spray Area Program
Lane County manages a No Spay Area Program for residents along county roadways as an additional buffer from any of our limited herbicide applications.

Applications for enrollment into the No Spray Area Program for Lane County roads were mailed June 2018 to all former enrollees. The current application period is for January 2018 through December 2020; all enrollments will expire at the end of 2020 regardless of when the application is received. The No Spray Areas are based on tax lots and apply only to Lane County roadways. Upon expiration in December 2020, you will be required to re-enroll for an additional three year time period. Program staff will mail renewal reminder letters to program participants upon expiration every three years.


New to the No Spray Area Program? Apply today! 
There are two ways to apply. Click the link below:

No spray area program announcement

or use this No Spray Application fillable form to print and mail to:

No Spray Program
Lane County Public Works
3040 N. Delta Hwy
Eugene, OR 97408

Guiding Principles 
The primary objectives for vegetation management within Lane County’s right-of-ways are to establish vegetation conditions that promote public safety, reduce maintenance costs, sustain road system integrity and promote environmental stewardship. We are committed to both worker safety and good neighbor values, while striving to efficiently maintain our roads and bridges to the highest standards.

If you have any questions, please call: 
Natural Resource Specialist (541) 682-8521