CN Annual Vegetation Management Program Information

CN remains committed to running its railway safely and efficiently and building a level of trust and collaboration with the communities where we operate.

To that end, we are reaching out to advise you of our vegetation control activities in your area between April and October 2023. A regularly updated schedule is available at

If not managed properly, trees, brush or other vegetation can severely compromise rail and public safety. Vegetation can impede the view motorists have of oncoming trains and increase the risk of crossing accidents. Moreover, unwanted vegetation can damage the integrity of the railbed, interfere with signals and switches, contribute to track side fires, compromise employee and citizens safety, reduce visibility for train crews at road crossings/train control signals and track side warning devices, to name a few of the potential risks.

Our annual vegetation control program is designed to mitigate these risks by managing brush, weeds and other undesirable vegetation. CN’s vegetation control program is critical to ensure safe operations and contributes to the overall safety of the communities in which we operate. 

Please also find enclosed a letter from our Senior System Manager, Environmental Assessment regarding the program that may be of further assistance.

You can also view the 2023 Vegetation Program FAQ for more information.