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Linn Co: Watch where you mow, so birds, bees can grow

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Linn County officials are reminding residents to hold off on mowing certain areas to preserve wildlife.

According to the Secondary Road Department, State Law prohibits the mowing of ditches on secondary roads, as well as primary highways and interstates, until after July 15. This is to protect young pheasants and other ground-nesting birds, as well as pollinators and other beneficial insects.

There are a few exceptions -- including areas where visibility becomes an issue, and weed control. Hay-cutting is expressly forbidden.

From the Iowa Code:

Mowing roadside vegetation on the rights-of-way or medians on any primary highway, interstate highway, or secondary road prior to July 15 is prohibited, except as follows:

•Within 200 yards of an inhabited dwelling

•On right-of-way within one mile of the corporate limits of a city

•To promote native species of vegetation or other long-lived and adaptable vegetation

•To establish control of damaging insect populations, noxious weeds and invasive plant species

•For visibility and safety reasons

•Within rest areas, weigh stations and wayside parks

•Within 50 feet of a drainage tile or tile intake

•For access to mailbox or for other accessibility purposes

•On right-of-way adjacent agricultural demonstration or research plots

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