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UNI to discuss roadside vegetation management plans across Iowa

November 6, 2013
Contact: 

Rebecca Kauten, IRVM program manager, UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center, 319-273-3856, rebecca.kauten@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- To commemorate 25 years of integrated roadside vegetation management in Iowa, the Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management (IRVM) Program at the University of Northern Iowa is teaming up with the Iowa Living Roadway Trust Fund to host regional planning sessions on local integrated roadside vegetation management programs. Six sessions are planned from 10 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m. throughout the months of November and December. Lunch will be provided; an RSVP is requested by Nov. 15.

"The past quarter century has left a positive impact on Iowa's roadsides in terms of vegetation management and incorporating native landscapes with transportation infrastructure. We have new technology, yet maintain many key philosophies of implementing IRVM," said Rebecca Kauten, IRVM program manager at the UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center. "Now is a great time to take stock of existing programs, as well as consider a program for your county. There's no better way to do both than to learn from existing IRVM professionals about best practices and ways to get things started and stay successful."

Planning session dates and locations are as follows:

Monday, Nov. 18: Forest Park Museum, 14581 K Ave., Perry

Tuesday, Nov. 19: Wickiup Hill Learning Center, 10260 Morris Hills Rd., Toddville

Tuesday, Dec. 3: Lime Creek Nature Center, 3501 Lime Creek Rd., Mason City

Wednesday, Dec. 4: Hagge Park Conservation Center, 2970 280th St., Sac City

Friday, Dec. 6: Montgomery County Conservation Office, 2059 190th St., Red Oak

Monday, Dec. 9: Mahaska County Seconday Roads Office, 2074 Old Hwy 163, Oskaloosa

For more information or to RSVP, contact Kauten at 319-273-3856 or rebecca.kauten@uni.edu.