Effectiveness of Trees and Vegetation in Reducing Highway Noise: A Literature Review

Report No: 73-R30

Published in 1974

About the report:

This report is a literature review of the research which has been conducted on the noise attenuating values of trees and associated vegetation, and related environmental effects. A chronology of this research, including the latest research findings, are presented along with the necessary planting criteria needed to achieve tree belt noise reduction values based on these research findings.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • E. G. Kerby

Last updated: February 7, 2024

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