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Posted on: August 10, 2016

Native plantings benefit Linn County roadways

Linn County plants approximately 100-150 acres of native prairie plantings annually along public road rights-of-way through its roadside vegetation program. Many of the projects are part of and funded in part by the Iowa Living Roadways program.

Benefits of roadside vegetation:

• Provides weed and erosion control
• Reduces surface runoff and erosion by improving infiltration• Reduces snow drifting and glare
• Provides food and habitats for butterflies, birds and other wildlife and pollinators• Increases species diversity
• Adds beauty to the landscape• Preserves our natural heritage

Pictured below:

An employee in Linn County’s Secondary Road Department Roadside division touches up a permanent seeding in the floodway along Cedar River Road in Linn County. The plantings include native wetland species.

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The flowers in bloom are along the “Seedling Mile” section of Mount Vernon Road (the Old Lincoln Highway). A bumblebee is enjoying the butterfly milkweed.

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