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MDOT's Adopt-A-Landscape Program provides an avenue for individuals, organizations, or businesses to help maintain sections of roadside within Michigan's highway system. In addition to the aesthetic benefits of cleaner and more beautiful roadsides, participants help to prevent potential pollutants from entering our waterways and save countless Michigan taxpayer dollars every year.
The Adopt-A-Landscape Program provides a great opportunity to promote civic responsibility, community pride, and camaraderie within organizations. And, even though the Adopt-A-Landscape Program may not be used as a forum for advertising or public discourse, Adopt-A-Landscape courtesy signs provide prominent recognition for its participants.
The Adopt-A-Landscape program allows for the following:
- Planting and establishing wildflowers;
- Controlling weeds on right of way;
- Ancillary mowing;
- Tree trimming and/or removal;
- Planting and establishing landscaping within interchanges, boulevards, rest areas, and roadside parks;
- Planting and establishing trees, shrubs, and/or flowers along state highways; and
- Removing graffiti as needed from one or more highway structures.
How Do I Adopt-A-Landscape?
- Decide on the general location you want.
- Discuss the location, project and Context Sensitive Solutions involvement (MDOT Form 3727) with your local MDOT Transportation Service Center (TSC) Construction Permit Agent. Further review and consideration by other individuals and agencies may also be required.
- Submit an Individual permit application in the Construction Permit System (CPS) through the MDOT Permit Gateway (MPG) with the following:
- Acceptance letters of activity from adjacent property owner(s) and the municipality or jurisdiction involved
- If hiring a contractor, the contractor's name shall be listed on the permit application
- If planting or vegetation control, work plans and schedules shall be submitted electronically with the permit application. Handouts and brochures are available from your TSC Construction Permit Agent and on the MDOT website with instructions for preparing plans/schedule
- Wait for your issued permit (signaling your acceptance into the program). This may take several weeks.
- Make sure you understand and conform to all provisions listed in your individual permit.