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Residential Tree Programs

Our main programs include:

Alliant Energy Operation ReLeaf Residential Tree Program 

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, nearly 2,400 high quality landscape trees will be offered this spring to Alliant Energy residential customers for just $25.00 each. These trees typically retail between $65 and $125, and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.  

The Residential Tree Distribution order forms are now available and you may begin placing orders.  This program is funded through the Alliant Energy Energy Efficiency program and is designed for Alliant residential customers to reduce energy consumption by planting shade trees on the east and west sides of their homes which can reduce cooling costs by up to 25%.  A variety of landscape tree species are offered at $25.00 per tree.  Trees are between 3' - 10' tall in #5 - #10 containers, depending upon species. Each household may order up to two trees.

To order, please click on the order form for the county you would like to attend, complete the from, print, and send it in to the county partner listed on the form along with payment. Below are the locations and dates for the events. 

Before you order, determine the best location to plant your tree(s) to have the most energy efficiency impact by using this simple to use tool: 

Alliant - Operation ReLeaf - Click on the order form you prefer below:

Linn County - Marion  Order Form

Partner:  Linn County Conservation
Location:  Squaw Creek Park, 4305 Squaw Lane, Marion
Saturday, September 20, 2014  7:30 am - 9:00 am
Tree Planting and Care Workshop:  8:15 pm 

Lucas County - Chariton  Order Form

Partner:  Lucas County Conservation
Location: Pin Oak Lodge located one mile south of Chariton on Hwy 14, 45996 State Hwy 14, Chariton, IA
Wednesday, September 24, 2014  4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Jones County - Anamosa  Order Form

Partner:  Jones County SWCD
Location:  USDA Office, 300 Chamber Drive, Anamosa
Thursday, September 25, 2014     5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Tree Planting and Care Workshop-  5:45 pm

Jefferson County – Fairfield  Order Form

Partner:  Jefferson County Extension
Location:  Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 2606 West Burlington Ave, Fairfield
Thursday, October 2, 2014     4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Tree Planting and Care Workshop:  5:30 pm

Lee county – Donnelson  Order Form

Partner: Lee County Consevation
Location: Lee County Fairgrounds (North of Donnellson on Main Street) in Donnellson
Saturday, October 4, 2014       9:00 am – 11:00 am
Tree Planting and Care Workshop:  10:00 am

Buena Vista County – Storm Lake Order Form       Spanish Version Order Form

Partner: City of Storm Lake
Location:  AWAYSIS Park (Aka Sunrise Park)- East Lake Shore Drive, Storm Lake
Saturday, September 27, 2014    8:00 am – 10:00 am
Tree Planting and Care Workshop:  9:00 am

Howard County – Cresco Order Form

Partner:  Howard County Conservation 
Location:  Vernon Springs County Park, 11562 Valley Ave, Cresco, IA
Saturday, October 11, 2014      8:30 am – 10:00 am

Story County – Ames Order Form

Partner: Story County Conservation
Location:  Peterson Park East, 55756 180th Street, Ames
Thursday, October 16, 2014     4:30 – 6:00 pm

Don’t purchase a tree that will be doomed to an early death by improper planting; attend a short free workshop to learn the most common errors that will kill your tree!

Registration forms for the above workshops are available, click the order form link and follow the directions on the form.

We will offer tree planting and care workshops that will show you the newest research on how to plant and care for your tree. 

Topics covered will be:

·         Root Flare and proper planting depth

·         Correcting encircling roots

·         Proper mulching & watering

·         Corrective pruning to reduce future storm damage

·         Planting around buildings for energy efficiency

If you can't attend a workshop, or have any questions about tree planting and care, go to the Iowa Grove Resources page: for videos, brochures, planting guides, and other Urban Tree information. 

MidAmerican Energy Plant Some Shade Residential Tree Program