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Kitsap County Public Works
Department of Public Works
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA  MS-26
Phone:(360)337-5777 * Fax:(360)337-4867
 

    

 

 

 

 

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Vegetation Management

Kitsap County Public Works manages vegetation in road rights–of–way to protect road surfaces, keep roads safe, and to preserve the natural beauty of the environment.

The goals of our Integrated Vegetation Management Plan help keep our efforts focused. They are listed below.

1. Practice environmentally sound methods.

We use the latest techniques and training to prevent contamination of surface or ground water while applying herbicides or fertilizers. We use biofiltration which helps improve surface water quality, while promoting healthy vegetation on rights–of–way to help prevent soil erosion.

2. Use native vegetation.

We believe native vegetation alongside roads contribute to the aesthetic appeal of our communities. We prefer native plants in landscaping or beautification projects.

3. Maintain vegetation for safety.

Vegetation affects many things on roads. We maintain vegetation to preserve sight distance. We identify dangerous trees and remove them from rights-of-way. We manage vegetation and roads to provide sunlight and air circulation to road surfaces which increases pavement life, and allows snow and ice to melt faster. Vegetation that traps water on the roadway or encroaches on driving lanes or shoulders is removed to prevent ponding.

4. Coordinate efforts.

We coordinate our efforts with the Washington State Department of Agriculture and the County’s Noxious Weed Board. This helps us identify and control noxious weeds growing on County–owned rights–of–way.

5. Allow owners to maintain vegetation.

We offer an owner–maintained right–of–way program. Please read the program materials below, including the policy and procedure to understand this program. If you decide you want to participate complete the Vegetation Management Owner Agreement. Once you complete the form and sign it please forward it to Kitsap County Public Works. The form will be processed and you will be contacted by Public Works.

Mailing Address: 614 Division Street (MS-26), Port Orchard, WA 98366.

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Kitsap County Public Works
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(360) 337-5777 or (800) 825-4940
Kitsap1@co.kitsap.wa.us

Updated:  February 01, 2017
 
 
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