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Vegetation Management Program

Vegetation Management is necessary to maintain a safe right-of-way by providing clear sight distances, to clear signs and fixtures of vegetation for visibility and functionality, to provide adequate drainage in roadway ditches, to reduce fire hazard and provide snow drift control. It is also necessary to protect the roadway surface from vegetation encroachment and to maintain drainage.

Vegetation control is also necessary to slow and/or prevent the spread of noxious weeds. Federal and State Executive orders require the Department to take steps to prevent the spread of invasive or noxious plants. Federal Executive Order 13112, signed by President Clinton on February 3, 1999 requires "authorities to (i) prevent the introduction of invasive species; (ii) detect and respond rapidly to and control populations of such species."

NMDOT is committed to provide timely Noxious Weed Management in our right-of-ways. Invasive plants and noxious weeds have been described as a raging biological wildfire out of control and spreading rapidly. The devastation from these alien plants includes enormous economic losses to agriculture and irreparable ecological damage to wild lands. These plants have negative direct and permanent impacts to almost all vegetative and wildlife habitats. They out compete native vegetation needed by wildlife for food, cover, or nesting. Millions of acres have been invaded or are at risk, including rangelands, forests, wilderness areas, national parks, recreation sites, and wildlife management. Invasive plants can even effect private property uses and economic values.

For information regarding the Vegetation Management Program, please contact
Kim Anaya, Office: 505-827-5445 kim.anaya@state.nm.us

Map

District 1 - Deming and surrounding area

District 2 - Roswell and surrounding area

District 3 - Albuquerque and surrounding area

District 4 - Las Vegas and surrounding area

District 5 - Santa Fe and surrounding area

District 6 - Grants/Milan and surrounding area


Noxious Weed Photo Gallery

Pictured below are several of the noxious weeds targeted by NMDOT's Vegetation Management Program. Click on a thumbnail to view a full-sized picture of the weed and its description.

Camel Thorne

CamelThorn
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Canada Thistle

Canada Thistle
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Hoary Cress

Hoary Cress
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Leafy Spruge

Leafy Spruge
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Russian Knappweed

Russian Knapweed
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Yellow Starthistle

Yellow Starthistle
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Yellow Toadflax

Yellow Toadflax
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