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Since 1990, the LRTF has funded more than $17 million for research and demonstration projects, vegetation inventories, education and training programs, gateway landscaping, snow and erosion control, and roadside enhancement and more.
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Hardy and beautiful, native roadsides offer aesthetic, economic, environmental, and educational opportunities. Establishing prairie plants in roadside rights of way reduces snow drift, enhances wildlife habitat, and more.
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Integrated roadside vegetation management (IRVM) has a long history in the state of Iowa. More than 50,000 acres of federal, state, county, and city roadsides in Iowa have been planted to native grasses, wildflowers, and other vegetation.
The LRTF supports the accomplishment of its goals by providing grant funding to eligible cities, counties, and applicants with statewide impact. Typically, a match is required of applicants that meets or exceeds 20 percent of the total project cost.
Since 1990, the Living Roadway Trust Fund (LRTF) has awarded more than $17 million for approximately 1,500 projects across the state of Iowa. LRTF funds have been used to leverage more than $6.8 million for projects across the state by providing opportunities for matching funds.
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Use the Living Roadway Trust Fund’s (LRTF) native plant lists to learn more about Iowa's native plant species, many of which are reappearing on Iowa roadsides due to efforts of the LRTF, the Iowa Department of Transportation, and other organizations.
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