Volunteers may have used tractors to help keep some public areas looking proper, especially as financially difficult times may cause some states to have to cut back some on services.
However, people in Iowa may be able to apply for grant money from the state's Department of Natural Resources, which can be used to help maintain parks. Along with buying supplies, volunteers can use the offer to purchase gas to power new and used tractors to mow public properties.
"This is really exciting for our parks because we have such loyal and dedicated friends groups and other supporters who give of their time to help us out and now we can return the favor at least this year and help them out," Kevin Szcodronski, head of the state's Parks Bureau, said.
Volunteer projects have to involve a state park to qualify for funding and must take place from July 1, 2010, to June 30 of next year. Applications are available at parks in Iowa.
While state parks are looking for volunteer help, others have donated their time to help take care of the lawns for members of the armed forces. The GreenCare for Troops program has seen thousands of people offer help.