Recognizing the value of native plants in our roadsides, the Iowa Legislature established
the Living Roadway Trust Fund (LRTF) program in 1988. This annual, competitive
grant program provides funding for Integrated Roadside
Vegetation Management (IRVM) activities to cities, counties and
applicants with statewide impact for the vegetation along Iowa's
roadsides to be preserved, planted and maintained to be safe,
visually interesting, ecologically integrated and useful for
Appropriations for the LRTF are allocated from the road use tax fund, the Resource
Enhancement and Protection (REAP) fund, and other sources. Read
Iowa Code Chapter
314 to learn more about how the LRTF is governed.
Since 1990, more than $17 million has been awarded for research
and demonstration projects, vegetation inventories, education
and training programs, gateway landscaping, snow and erosion
control and roadside enhancement and maintenance.
Who Can Apply? | What Projects Are Funded?
Little bluestem in early fall along Alice Rd. in Linn County.