what we do
Working through many partners in Iowa, the Living Roadway Trust Fund (LRTF) supports integrated roadside vegetation management (IRVM) programs and educates the public on the benefits, use, and care of native plants.
LRTF supports the accomplishment of these goals through:
- Grants, which are administered by the Iowa Department of Transportation. This annual, competitive grant program provides funding for IRVM activities to cities, counties, and applicants with statewide impact.
- Publications produced to inform the public about aspects of IRVM; geared for audiences ranging from youth to adults.
- Research, which is sponsored to address questions about the best management practices of IRVM and develop new and innovative solutions to roadside issues. Through the years, the LRTF has supported the study of a wide variety of IRVM issues from roadside butterfly habitat to isozyme variation, and many others related to vegetation management. A request for research proposals is regularly announced. Investigator-initiated research is also considered for funding. Specific requirements for research proposals are included in the LRTF application instructions and funding guidelines, which are currently being revised.
- Education programs are sponsored to develop high-quality publications and seminars to educate the public about the benefits of IRVM and provide training opportunities to professionals in the field.
To obtain information on any of LRTF’s past grant awards, please reference the online database of past projects and funding history.