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Operation ReLeaf

tree planting

Offering residential utility customers in Iowa the opportunity to purchase landscape trees at discount prices

This partnership initiative is funded by Alliant Energy and administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry, in partnership with the conservation boards of host counties.

Since 2001, more than 62,265 new trees have been planted throughout the state of Iowa during 189 Operation ReLeaf events.

How Operation ReLeaf helps communities

  • Residential customers save energy by planting trees to shade their homes or to create a wind break.
  • Local nurseries can provide low-cost, high-quality and diverse landscape trees to the community.
  • Improved long-term community reforestation and energy conservation through efficient landscaping.
  • Communities and counties hard hit by storm damage can receive flexible and responsive help in re-planting efforts.

How does it work?

Approximately 2,800 high-quality three- to eight-foot landscaping trees are offered for only $25 each during the spring and fall planting seasons. The trees, which retail for $65 to $125, are sold at on a first-come, first-served basis. They are purchased though a bidding process from local Iowa nurseries.

Eligibility and how to participate

Operation ReLeaf participants must be Alliant Energy customers in Iowa and willing to pick-up their tree(s) on the day of distribution in their designated region. There is a limit of two trees per household, per planting season.

Advance reservation is required. Fees paid for tree(s) not picked up on the designated distribution day will be considered a donation.  Operation ReLeaf tree planting

Tree planting workshop

Proper planting is essential to raising a healthy tree. Learn how to properly plant and care for your new tree at the tree planting workshop available at some locations during the pickup event. Watch the steps and find out what you need to make your tree thrive. Experts will be available to answer your questions.

Operation ReLeaf locations

Before you order, you can determine the best location to plant your tree(s) to have the most energy efficiency impact by using this simple tool: http://www.itreetools.org/design.php. Note: iTree Design works best with Google Chrome.

Click on the link and follow these easy steps:

  • Enter your address and click “go”
  • Fill in the boxes on the left, leaving tree condition at excellent, click on the “Check here to evaluate energy effects” box
  • Outline your house using the tool on the top of the page, click on the tree icon and move cursor around to see the benefits before you place your tree
  • Click on “Continue & Estimate Full Benefits” to see the benefits your tree will provide

Upcoming events

Check back February 2016 for spring and fall Operation ReLeaf events 

Contact information

Laura Wagner
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
502 East 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319

Phone: 515-725-8456
Fax: 515-725-8201
Email: laura.wagner@dnr.iowa.gov