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Eight Operation ReLeaf Events Planned for Spring
Posted: 03/20/2012
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, nearly 2,400 high quality landscaping trees will be offered this spring to Alliant Energy residential customers for just $25 each.  These trees typically retail for between $65 and $125, and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Alliant Energy will sponsor eight Operation ReLeaf events this spring in the following communities: 

Linn County
Squaw Creek Park, Marion
Saturday, April 21
7:30 – 9 a.m.

Clarke County
East Lake Park located east of Osceola
Thursday, April 26
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Dubuque County
Swiss Valley Park, Peosta
Saturday, April 28
9 – 11 a.m.
This event will also offer a short tree planting and care workshop.

Jefferson County
Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Fairfield
Thursday, May 10
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Benton County
Benton County Fairgrounds, Vinton
Thursday, May 17
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
This event will also offer a short tree planting and care workshop.

Allamakee County
Allamakee County Fairgrounds, Waukon
Thursday, May 3
5 – 7 p.m.

Dickenson County
Dickenson County Fairgrounds, Spirit Lake
Saturday, May 5
8 – 10 a.m.

Greene County
Greene County Fairgrounds, Jefferson
Saturday, May 12
9 – 11 a.m.
This event will also offer a short tree planting and care workshop.

Tree species offered will vary at each event and include shade trees, ornamentals and conifers.  The DNR is encouraging 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:
  • 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 are available online (

“All trees are purchased through a bidding process to promote local nurseries,” said Paul Tauke, state forester and chief of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Bureau.  “This is a great way for homeowners to get a quality tree at an affordable price.”