Prevention BMPs for Transportation and Utility Corridors

Best Management Practices Transportation and Utility Corridors CoverTransportation and utility corridors are at-risk sites for the introduction and spread of noxious and invasive plants. Corridor managers and staff can greatly reduce the introduction and spread of invasive plants by incorporating prevention measures into their daily management activities.

Additionally, implementing prevention BMPs in corridor management can reduce maintenance needs and cost, reduce erosion and fire hazards, limit liability for the governing agency, improve appearance, maintain good public relations, and provide wildlife habitat. This manual presents an accessible overview of key prevention measures as well as ready-to-use checklists.

Preventing the Spread of Invasive Plants: Best Management Practices for Transportation and Utility Corridors

This manual is available as a free download. Click here for a PDF of BMPs for Transportation and Utility Corridors. (70 pp., 48 MB)


This manual would not have been possible without the expert knowledge generously provided by technical team members across the state.

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Please cite this report as: Cal-IPC. 2012. Preventing the Spread of Invasive Plants: Best Management Practices For Transportation and Utility Corridors. Cal-IPC Publication 2012-1. California Invasive Plant Council, Berkeley, CA. Available at

For more information, contact Cal-IPC’s training program.