Roadside Vegetation Management

Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management (IRVM)

IRVM is an approach to roadside vegetation management using a combination of techniques. These include: planting native tallgrass prairie grasses and wildflowers, mowing weeds to prevent seed development, controlled burning, brush removal, and spot spraying herbicides on weeds and brush.

IRVM goals:

  • Establish diverse stands of native plants in the roadside rights of way
  • Reduce erosion
  • Enhance rainfall infiltration
  • Create habitat for pollinators, nesting birds, and other wildlife
  • Provide more aesthetically pleasing roadsides
  • Maintain a safe travel environment on the county roadsides
  • Reduce roadside maintenance by establishing a strong plant community using Iowa’s native vegetation
Bremer County has 712 miles of roadway to maintain. This translates to over 1400 miles of roadside vegetation to maintain using IRVM principles.


1995 Euclid Ave.
Waverly, IA 50677


Monday – Friday
7:00 am – 3:30 pm

David Lehman, Roadside Vegetation Manager
Phone: 319-559-0559