Native seed for county rights-of-way
Since 1998, Iowa Roadside Management at UNI has received funds from the Iowa DOT’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) to purchase native seed for county road rights-of-way. Using this funding, the Iowa Roadside Management statewide coordinator organizes the bulk purchase of locally grown native seed, creating diverse seed mixes appropriate for use in all roadside conditions. Counties with IRVM plans then submit requests to the Iowa Roadside Management statewide coordinator for this seed.
Each year, approximately 1000 acres-worth of seed is distributed to counties. Images and information can be found at the National Transportation Alternatives Clearinghouse. For more information on native seed production, click here.