We Get Support From:
Become a Supporter 
 We Get Support From:
Become a Supporter 

Caltrans Marking, Removing Dead Trees Along State Highways

Courtesy of Caltrans

Caltrans is using orange paint to mark dead and dying trees along state highways. The trees, which pose safety hazards to motorists, are then removed by work crews.

Courtesy of Caltrans

Potential road hazards posed by dead trees along some California highways, especially in the sierra, have prompted Caltrans to get rid of them. That includes trees on private land - at no cost. 

Caltrans has already removed 107,000 trees near California highways, trees that were killed by drought and bark beetle infestation.

"We're now addressing those that may be off of state property," says Patrick Olsen with Caltrans.

He says hazardous trees are being marked with orange paint by certified Caltrans arborists. Then Permission to Enter forms will be sent to affected property owners one to six months after trees are marked.

"We are sending out notices via mail," says Olsen. "We're also having a door-hanging campaign. If you have a tree on your property that may be suspect, you'll be receiving a notice there."

The agency expects to take out another 54,000 trees by next summer. Removal work will begin after the Labor Day Holiday.

Sign up for ReCap

and never miss the top stories

Delivered to your inbox every Wednesday.

Check out a sample ReCap newsletter.