Plant Some Shade Tree Distribution Planned for Spring
Posted: 04/05/2011

DES MOINES - Residential customers of MidAmerican Energy who live in Iowa can reduce future energy use and at the same time landscape their homes and green up their communities this spring through Plant some shade®, a residential tree-planting program.

Plant some shade is a partnership initiative to aid long-term energy and natural resource conservation. The program is being funded by MidAmerican and administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Bureau of Forestry with eight local partners, including the City of Cedar Rapids, Johnson County Extension, Polk County Conservation, Pottawattamie County Conservation Board, Scott County Conservation Board, City of Storm Lake, Warren County Conservation Board and the Webster County Conservation Board.

Plant some shade enables MidAmerican's residential customers to purchase up to two, 3 to 8-feet tall landscaping trees for just $30 each. Each project has a variety of trees available and typically includes two or three shade trees, a low-growing ornamental and a conifer.

"Encouraging residents to plant trees in their yard is an effective way to reduce energy costs and promote a healthy and aesthetically pleasing environment," said Rick Leuthauser, MidAmerican's manager, energy efficiency. "We're pleased to be funding Plant some shade and we hope many customers participate."

Spring projects will take place in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Indianola, Iowa City and Storm Lake. Advanced orders for Plant some shade are required. Order forms can be obtained by visiting www.midamericanenergy.com/iowa_plantsomeshade. Orders will be accepted until all trees have been sold.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for homeowners to get a quality tree at an affordable price," said Matt Brewer, partnership coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Bureau of Forestry. "Spring is an ideal time to plant and establish new trees, too. The season's warm days and cool nights are excellent for root growth."