Landscape Guidance Documents

SHA Environmental Guide for Access & District Permit Applicants 

MDOT SHA Environmental Guide for District, Access and Utility Permits

(PDF, 887 kb) explains key principles and provides required SHA landscape notes for plans developed for construction under district, access and utility permits.
SHA Landscape Estimating Manual 

MDOT SHA Landscape Estimating Manual

((PDF, 1.30 mb) includes information required to develop plans, specifications, and engineers estimates using MDOT SHA Standard Specifications for Construction and Materials.
SHA Preferred Plant List 

MDOT SHA Preferred Plant List

 (PDF, 1.07 mb) is a spreadsheet of plant materials that are appropriate for MDOT SHA roadways. The structure of the Preferred Plant List is explained in the Landscape Design Guide.
Integrated Vegetation Management Manual for Maryland Highways 

Integrated Vegetation Management Manual for Maryland Highways

 (PDF, 1.07 mb) Activities outlined in this document encourage environmental stewardship, sustainability of the roadside, and the enhancement of aesthetics.

MDOT SHA Landscape Specifications

  This page provides links to MDOT SHA standard specifications that are required for all construction under an access permit or a district permit.
SHA Landscape Design Guide 

MDOT SHA Landscape Reporting Form

(PDF, 784 KB) is used to report the application of landscape materials and other work on MDOT SHA property. The LRF replaces ‘Pesticide Application Reporting Form’ and ‘Nutrient Management Reporting Form’.

Questions? Please send email to Mr. Tim Madden, Chief, Landscape Programs Division at