Iowa's Living Roadways Projects Program

The purpose of the Iowa’s Living Roadways Projects program is to assist communities and counties in implementing needed transportation enhancement projects. Communities that have also participated in our Community Visioning program receive first priority for this assistance and funding, but it is not a prerequisite to apply for Projects funding. Examples of the types of projects assisted and funded through this program are:

  • landscaping of recreational trails
  • highway roadside plantings
  • prairie and savannah establishment
  • butterfly garden installations

Program goals include helping smaller communities compete for additional funds to enhance their transportation corridors for residents and travelers alike, and beautification of communities through the use of native plants to provide for lower long-term maintenance and costs. 

Funding of up to $50,000 is available for native plants for use in transportation enhancement projects. A Trees Forever field coordinator is available to help your community or group by reviewing your project plans, site design or draft application, and by providing assistance once the project funding has been awarded.

We’re here to help you with your application or answer any questions.  Contact Leslie Berckes at 515-681-2295.

Iowa's Living Roadways Project in Ogden

Click here for the Pre-Application


Click here for the Full Application


Download and open this application in Adobe for full functionality. After submitting the pre-application, a Trees Forever field coordinator will contact you to discuss any needed changes and work with you to complete the full application.

Other Resources

Budget and Species List (Example)
Small Scale Site Plan (Example)
Large Scale Aerial Map (Example)
Permit to Plant in the Right-of-Way