713 BRUSH REMOVAL
From MDOT Policy Manual
- Remove brush as indicated in the SP 700 Tree Preservation Program, or in the plans. Perform Brush removal within a Tree Preservation Area per Section 120 when specified, but do not perform these operations within areas of Clearing and Grubbing.
- When areas of bare soil are caused by Brush Removal operations, perform Temporary Mulch in conformance with Section 704 to provide temporary soil stabilization, or perform Turfgrass Establishment in conformance with Section 705, or perform other stabilization as directed.
- 713.03.01 General.
- (a) Permits. Obtain a Roadside Tree Permit from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Forest Service.
- (b) Tree Preservation Program (TPP). Conform to the requirements of the TPP when developed by the AdministrationShall mean any one of the Administrations within the Maryland Department of Transportation, as listed in GP 1.02..
- (c) Schedule. Perform operations when soil moisture and weather conditions are suitable. Cease operations when conditions are unsuitable.
- (d) Pesticide Application. Refer to 701.03.01(b).
- (e) Pesticide Application Reporting. Refer to 701.03.01(c).
- 713.03.02 Maryland Licensed Tree Expert (LTE). A LTE shall perform or directly supervise the Operations in conformance with the Maryland Roadside Tree Law, the Forest Conservation Act, and accepted arboricultural practices.
- 713.03.03 Meetings. Meet with the EngineerAny person designated by the Administrator or the procurement officer, acting directly or through his duly authorized representative, such representative acting within the scope of the particular duties assigned to him or of the authority given him., the LTE, and the Landscape Operations Division to review areas and Operations before beginning Operations.
- 713.03.04 Marking. Mark areas where brush is to be removed. Identify trees and shrubs to be preserved and protected. Ensure that marking and identification is completed and approved before beginning Operations.
- 713.03.05 EquipmentAll machinery, tools, and apparatus necessary for the proper construction and acceptable completion of the work, together with the necessary supplies for upkeep and maintenance.. EquipmentAll machinery, tools, and apparatus necessary for the proper construction and acceptable completion of the work, together with the necessary supplies for upkeep and maintenance. and tools shall conform to accepted arboricultural practices.
- 713.03.06 Notice. Notify the EngineerAny person designated by the Administrator or the procurement officer, acting directly or through his duly authorized representative, such representative acting within the scope of the particular duties assigned to him or of the authority given him. at least 10 days before beginning Operations.
- 713.03.07 Operations. Brush removal shall involve cutting, herbicide treatment, and debris removal of areas of living or dead vegetation. Do not injure vegetation identified for preservation. One or more of the following Operations will be specified:
- (a) Operation 1 - Brush Removal. Cut vegetation to a height of no more than 1 in. above the soil surface. Remove wood debris.
- (b) Operation 2 - Brush Removal with Stump Treatment. Cut vegetation as in Operation 1. Immediately treat the cambium layer and exposed bark of live stumps with an approved herbicide solution and marking dye. Remove wood debris.
- 713.03.08 Wood Chipping. Dispose of wood in conformance with the pertinent Operation, or chip wood and disperse chips to a depth of 1 in. as directed.
- 713.03.09 Cleanup and Restoration. Avoid damage to existing structures, plants, and turfgrass. Keep turfgrass areas, paved surfaces and sidewalks clean. Promptly remove, disperse or dispose of wood debris and other waste materials as directed. Restore ruts and damaged turfgrass outside of areas of Brush Removal by seeding in conformance with Section 705, or perform Turfgrass Sod Establishment in conformance with Section 708 when directed, before beginning other landscape operations.
- 713.03.10 Damage Repair. Do not injure vegetation to be preserved. Repair injuries to bark, trunks, or limbs by cutting, smoothing, and tracing the bark in accordance with ANSIAmerican National Standards Institute A300 StandardsThe official Standards for Highway and Incidental Structures, maintained on the Administration website. The latest incorporated revisions issued on or before the date of advertisement of the Contract. for Tree Care Operations.
- 713.03.11 Damage Compensation. Monetary compensation for damages or loss of trees will be calculated and assessed in conformance with the Guide for Plant Appraisal of the Council of Tree & Landscape Appraisers.
713.04 MEASUREMENT AND PAYMENT.
- Brush Removal will be measured and paid for at the Contract unit price per square yard, as specified. The payment will be full compensation for all labor, material, equipment, tools, wood disposal and chipping, cleanup and restoration, damage repair, disposal fees and incidentals necessary to complete the work.
- 713.04.01 Payment for Temporary Mulch, Turfgrass Establishment, or for other vegetation establishment within areas of Brush Removal will be measured and paid for at the pertinent Contract Unit price.