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  • Monarchs & Milkweed - Iowa's Roadside Habitats

    Monarchs & Milkweed - Iowa's Roadside Habitats

    The monarch butterfly is one of Iowa's most celebrated wildlife species ...  more

  • Discover Iowa's Roadside Plants and Grasses

    Discover Iowa's Roadside Plants and Grasses

    Prior to the 20th Century, 85% of Iowa was prairie. The original trails ...  more

  • Iowa native and invasive plants

    Iowa native and invasive plants

    Identify the plant species that can be purchased with LRTF funds...  more

  • Iowa prairie posters and other materials

    Prairie posters, plant guides, and more

    Popular materials found in Iowa classrooms and nature centers...  more


Roadside vegetation 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. Learn more about us


Roadside vegetationHardy 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. More services and benefits


Roadside vegetationIntegrated 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. Explore IRVM


Roadside vegetationThe 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. Apply now


Roadside vegetation 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. Find out more


Roadside vegetation 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. Learn about Iowa's native and invasive plants
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