Annual Brush Cutting Program

Annual brush cutting of District of Sooke roadways takes place through a coordinated approach each spring/summer. Patience from drivers as this important work, over a 4-week period, is completed is appreciated. Please note the District’s annual brush-cutting program applies to local area roads only. Highway 14 brush cutting is performed by EMCON for the Ministry of Transportation and Highways.

Brush Cutting includes mowing, chopping, and chipping to keep roadways clear.

When the brush gets out of control, it can be harder for drivers to see the road ahead, important road signs, and respond to oncoming dangers. Cutting back the brush also helps alleviate a fire hazard. Further benefits include:

  • Cutting tree limbs growing too close to the roadway can prevent vehicle damage
  • Clearing our roadsides if they’re overgrown, provides room for vehicles to pull over in case of an emergency.
  • Removing excess growth from our roadsides lowers the chance of flooding by keeping ditches and drains free of debris.
  • Brushing also provides an opportunity to control invasive weeds that can quickly spread if left alone.

Please note in seasons where the fire danger rating is EXTREME brush cutting may be delayed until the fall.

Reporting Concerns Outside of Annual Brush Cutting Program Schedule

As brush growth varies, if residents notice areas of concern outside of the annual brush-cutting program, they may contact the district to have contractors respond more immediately. To report an area of concern, please email or call 250.642.1634.