State Parks manage invasive species


Resource managers are controlling the spread of invasive, non-native trees and shrubs in Iowa's state parks. Invasive species degrade the parks' native plant communities and cause biodiversity to decline. Especially prevalent along roadways, these areas of brush reduce visibility and create safety issues.

In this image, invasive brush is being cleared along a roadway in Stone State Park near Sioux City. The cleared area will be seeded to native prairie. The Living Roadway Trust Fund has provided funding to the DNR for brush removal equipment and prairie seed.
 
 
 
Roadside - Services

The native grasses and wildflowers of Iowa's original prairie landscape are well-adapted for use on roadsides. Hardy and beautiful, native roadsides offer aesthetic, economic, environmental, and educational opportunities. Establishing prairie plants in roadside rights-of-way:
 
  • provides low-maintenance weed and erosion control
  • reduces surface runoff and erosion by improving infiltration
  • reduces snow drifting and winter glare
  • ensures sustainability by increasing species diversity
  • enhances wildlife habitat
  • beautifies the landscape by providing
    ever changing color and texture
    throughout the year
  • preserves our natural heritage


Support Iowa's Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program

The state of Iowa invests in the enhancement and protection of its natural and cultural resources through REAP. The annual REAP appropriation is set by the legislature, and is supplemented by sales of natural resource license plates. The Living Roadway Trust Fund is one of many beneficiaries of the program.  Iowa citizens are the biggest beneficiaries, and have several opportunities to ensure REAP's success. Visit REAP to learn more, or click the license plate for information about purchasing natural resource plates.
 

 
Click here to view this native Iowa plant life.
  Scientific Name:
    Dalea purpurea

  Common Name:
    Purple Prairie Clover

  Height:
    1-3'

  Bloom Month:
    Jun Jul Aug

  Bloom Color:
    Purple

 
Native Plants
 
 
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