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DNR Residential Tree Distribution Program

The Iowa DNR, through a partnership with the USDA Forest Service, is excited to offer private residents the opportunity to buy landscape-sized trees at an extreme discount. Trees provide a myriad of benefits to homeowners including reduced home heating and cooling costs, decreased stormwater, shade for outdoor activities, higher home values, and enhanced beauty.


Order form available mid-August

*If you are planning to submit orders for more than one address, please reach out to us directly before submitting.

For more information, contact Shaila Claibourn, Urban and Community Forestry Technician, at 515-380-8876 or

Find resources and information about selecting, planting, and maintaining trees in the urban landscape on Iowa DNR Urban Forestry Resources and Links.

Order Requirements

Customers can purchase no more than 2 trees per private property. If multiple properties are owned by a single individual, two trees can be purchased by property. Each unique property address must be listed on the order form. Please bring your confirmation email showing species and locations purchased to the event.

Customers must pick up their tree(s) during the event time listed. Trees that are not picked up will be forfeited to the local partner organization. No warranty is offered on these trees. If trees remain unsold by the event date, the unsold trees will be offered for sale towards the end of the event.

Tree Species Available

Each event will only offer a few of these species. After selecting your location on the order form, only the species available at that location will be listed. As trees sell out, the order form will update to only list available species.

Large Shade Trees

Ornamental & Fruit Tree


Find resources and information about selecting, planting, and maintaining trees in the landscape on the Iowa DNR Urban Forestry Resources and Links webpage.


Event Locations

All Iowa residents are eligible to purchase up to two trees for $25 each from an event funded through a grant from the USDA Forest Service.

Tree pick-up dates and locations include:

Council Bluffs
Saturday, September 28, 2024
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Harrah’s Casino north parking lot|
1 Harrah’s Blvd., Council Bluffs

Des Moines
Tuesday, October 1, 2024
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Fort Des Moines Park
7200 SE 5th St, Des Moines

Thursday, October 3, 2024
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Southern Iowa Fairgrounds
701 North I Street, Oskaloosa

Fort Dodge|
Thursday, October 10, 2024
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
River’s Edge Discovery Center
20 N 1st Street, Fort Dodge

Sioux City
Tuesday, October 15, 2024
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Order form available mid-August