Upstate New York gets lots of snow in the winter. Snow blowing across Route 30 has resulted in vehicular accidents. To reduce the amount of blowing snow maintenance workers have installed an orange snow fence every fall. It takes at least a day to install the fence. The workers need to repair the fence, often in subzero temperatures. It takes at least a day to take the fence down in the spring. DOT also uses resources to plow and maintain the affected highway during winter storms.
Proper placement of the willow living snow fence required space outside the right-of-way (ROW). The landowner signed an agreement, which allowed DOT to plant a single row of willow shrubs on her property. NYSDOT, Region 9, turned to SUNY ESF for expertise on designing and installing living snow fences. SUNY ESF provided the willow cuttings to the DOT at cost.