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,
including the preservation, establishment, and maintenance of native vegetation
along Iowa's roadsides.
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 $10 million has been awarded for research and demonstration
projects; education and training programs; gateway landscaping; and roadside enhancement,
maintenance, and inventories.
Who Can Apply? | What Projects Are Funded?
Little bluestem in early fall along Alice Rd. in Linn County.