DES MOINES - Iowans looking for a cost-effective, yet eye-pleasing way to reduce home heating and cooling costs are encouraged to participate in Operation ReLeaf. Operation ReLeaf is a residential tree planting program that promotes long-term energy and natural resource conservation.
Operation ReLeaf is a partnership initiative funded by Alliant Energy and administered by the Iowa DNR Forestry Bureau with assistance from local partners, including county conservation boards and county extension offices.
Through the program, approximately 2,380 high quality landscaping trees will be offered to Alliant Energy residential customers for just $25 each this spring. The trees typically retail for $65 or more and will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Alliant Energy will sponsor eight Operation ReLeaf events this spring beginning in Marengo on April 21, from 4 - 6 p.m., Marion on April 30, from 7:30 to 9 a.m., Thompson on May 4, from 4 to 6 p.m., Maquoketa on May 5, from 4 to 6 p.m., Newton on May 7, from 9 to 11 a.m., Guthrie Center on May 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., Fort Madison on May 14, from 9 to 11 a.m., and Marshalltown on May 21, from 9 to 11 a.m.
Tree species will vary at each event and include shade trees, ornamentals and conifers. The DNR encourages homeowners to prepare for emerald ash borer and other tree pests by planting a diverse mix of tree species. Just a few of the advantages of yard trees are:
Operation ReLeaf participants must be Alliant Energy residential customers. Advanced order is highly recommended and advance purchase is limited to two trees per household. In the event there are extra trees available on distribution day, those trees will be released for purchase at that time. Order forms are available online at www.alliantenergy.com/releaf.
"All trees that are used in Operation ReLeaf are purchased through a bidding process to promote local nurseries," says Paul Tauke, chief of the Iowa DNR's Forestry Bureau. "This is a great way for homeowners to get a quality tree at an affordable price."
For more information, contact Laura Wagner with the Iowa DNR at 515-281-6749 or firstname.lastname@example.org.