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Economic impact of ecosystem services provided by ecologically sustainable roadside right of way vegetation management practices : [summary].
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    The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)

    has approximately 186,121 acres of right-of-way

    (ROW) for roads in the State Highway System

    (SHS), about half of which are vegetated. As in

    many states, turfgrass is often used to stabilize

    soil, prevent erosion, and provide a clear recovery

    zone for vehicles that leave the highway. To meet

    these goals, roadside vegetation managers must

    maintain turf in a relatively healthy condition, a

    byproduct of which is aesthetic appeal. However,

    maintaining turfgrass results in a financial liability

    due to maintenance costs—$38.5 million in 2011-12 alone, a third of which was mowing.

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