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Operation Releaf Order Forms for Eight Residential Tree Distributions are Now Online
Posted: 08/07/2012
Alliant Energy customers invited to purchase landscape trees for $25.  Free workshops will be offered at four distribution events.

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, which include 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 Fall.  The trees typically retail for between $65 and $125 and will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

The Iowa DNR will be offering four 45 minute landscape tree planting and care workshops during the distribution events in DeWitt, North Liberty, Story County, and Lee County.  
Alliant Energy will sponsor eight Operation ReLeaf events this fall in the following communities:  

Cerro Gordo County
Lime Creek Nature Center, Mason City
September 20
4:30 - 6:30 pm

Clinton County
Lincoln Park,  DeWitt
October 4
4:30 - 6:30 pm
Tree Planting and Care workshop at 5:30 p.m., Led by DNR District Forester Steve Swinconos

Johnson County
North Liberty Community Center, North Liberty
September 22
9 - 11 a.m.
Tree Planting and Care Workshop at 10 a.m., led by Iowa DNR Forester, Mark Vitosh

Lee County
Lee County Fairgrounds, Donnellson
October 13
8 - 10 a.m.
Tree Planting and Care Workshop at 9 a.m., led by District Forester, Lisa Louck

Linn County
Squaw Creek Park, Marion
October 6
7:30 - 9 a.m.

Story County
McFarland Park northeast of Ames
September 13
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Tree Planting and Care Workshop at 5:30 p.m., led by District Forester Joe Herring

Tama County
Otter Creek Lake Park northeast of Toledo
October 11
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Winneshiek County
Decorah Fish Hatchery, Decorah
September 20
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Tree species offered will vary at each event and include shade trees, ornamentals and conifers.  Homeowners should 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:
  • Decrease in household heating and cooling costs
  • Increase in  property values
  • Decrease in storm water runoff, which may reduce flooding events
  • Beauty and personal enjoyment

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, and workshop registration forms are available online at

“All trees are purchased through a bidding process to promote local nurseries,” says Paul Tauke, Iowa DNR Forestry Bureau chief and State Forester. “This is a great way for homeowners to get a quality tree at an affordable price.”