Spot brush spraying will begin July 1 and will continue through mid-September in central Story County.


Joe Kooiker, natural resource biologist with Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management (IRVM), said that brush and weed control specialists have contracted with Story County to spot treat small trees and brush under 10 feet on the roadsides in Franklin, Washington, Grant, Nevada and New Albany townships.


“Certified applicators will be operating vehicles with sprayers in the Right of Way (ROW). Herbicides applied are specifically registered for the use in ROW,” Kooiker said.


Kooiker stated there are some exceptions during this process. Spraying will exclude brush that is taller than 10 feet or trees that cannot be effectively treated without causing damage outside ROW — such as trees in fence lines, or trees in back slopes directly in front of farmsteads. Spraying will also exclude roadsides with identifiable prairie remnants, prairie plantings and adjacent to sensitive crop areas.


Spraying should conclude by Sept. 21. For more information about this project, especially in reference to “no spray areas,” contact IRVM Biologist Joe Kooiker at 515-382-7367 or email jkooiker@storycountyiowa.gov.