AAA Adopts Policy Calling For Environmentally Sensitive Highway Beautification

Orlando, Fla. – 4/20/2004

AAA, the nation’s largest organization of motorists, adopted policies today supporting environmentally sensitive methods of achieving highway beautification.

At its 101st Annual Meeting at the Gaylord Palms Hotel in Kissimmee, Fla. today, AAA delegates adopted policy language saying, “The maintenance of roadside landscaping and vegetation should use the least toxic, effective pesticides, herbicides and other treatments to minimize environmental impacts.”

The 47-million-member automotive and travel organization also approved language supporting the use of xerescaping techniques and other methods of reducing the need for water or special treatments to maintain attractive roadside landscapes. Xerescaping describes landscape planning that conserves water by using plants that are tolerant of heat and dryness.

“The use of low maintenance, native vegetation and wild flowers to beautify roadside environments should be encouraged. High maintenance landscaping design should be used only when adequate resources are available,” said a AAA spokesman.

According to landscape architects, using native plants and grasses that are tolerant of local climates and temperatures is often a more cost-effective method of caring for public landscapes, and helps in the preservation of indigenous plant and animal species.

AAA also has been a proponent of government support for identifying, designating and recognizing scenic highways as an important resource and for protecting them by establishing a system of scenic highways to be enjoyed by the motoring public.

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides its members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at: www.aaa.com/news

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