On June 3, 2015, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO) introduced H.R. 2606, the Roads Not Roses Act, which would eliminate federal funding for ALL federal transportation projects. ASLA vehemently opposes this legislation and any similar amendments.
Landscape architects plan and design transportation projects that not only provide many transportation choices for users, like bicycling, walking, and transit, but also provide a myriad of economic, social, environmental, and human health benefits. In particular, landscape architects use integrated vegetation management (IVM), also known as green infrastructure or low-impact development, in nearly all transportation projects to help stabilize the project and prevent erosion. IVM practices also help protect against invasive species and are a low-cost tool to address stormwater management in our nation’s rights-of-way. Green infrastructure on our roads and highways is also critical to supporting a healthy pollinator population, which is needed to help protect our nation’s food supply.
ASLA seeks to educate policy makers and other stakeholders that currently the inclusion of trees, shrubs, and other plants as components of infrastructure investment is less about aesthetics and more about the tangible value green infrastructure brings to transportation projects, communities, and the nation.