This page contains information about research projects that are currently underway. Monthly reports are in PDF format.
This project will focus on the use of native plants for roadside construction and/or maintenance projects.
The results from the project will be used for future revegetation efforts on construction projects, restoring natural habitats, improving wetland mitigation, and developing native plant gardens in rest areas.
The objectives of this project are:
Research and evaluate the reintroduction of native plants along interstates and state highways for ease of establishment, site adaptability, effectiveness of erosion control, and prevention of weed encroachment.
Research and evaluate existing native plant populations in respect to slope stabilization, species establishment, and effectiveness of native plant establishment on existing weed populations.
Test and evaluate techniques used to facilitate establishment of native vegetation in areas affected by road construction and maintenance activities.
Collect field data on plant germination and initial plant establishment.
Evaluate the longevity of establishment and effectiveness of native species in highly altered nutrient deprived site conditions.
Review and reevaluate plant species from previous research projects suitable for this project.
Identify specific plant species and site selections that display characteristics best suited for Idaho roadside vegetation.
Provide results and documentation from this project to ITD staff.
Update revegetation practices in department manuals.
Develop training workshops for ITD personnel using effective roadside revegetation techniques.