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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


811-Dig-CMYK.jpgFall 2015 events

Order forms for the Fall 2015 events will be available by August 3.

Cerro Gordo County – Mason City
Partner: City of Mason City
Location: Central Park, Mason City, IA
Date: Saturday, October 3, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Tree Planting and Care Workshop: 10 a.m.
Download tree order form

Cass County – Atlantic
Partner: City of Atlantic
Location: Cass County Fairgrounds, 805 West 10th Street, Atlantic, IA
Date: Saturday, October 17, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Tree Planting and Care Workshop: 10 a.m.
Download tree order form

Decatur County – Leon
Partner: Decatur County Conservation
Location: maintenance shed at Little River Recreation Area, Leon, IA
Date: Thursday, October 1, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Download tree order form

Hamilton County – Webster City
Partner: Hamilton County Conservation
Location: Briggs Woods Park, 2490 Briggs Woods Trail, Webster City, IA
Date: Saturday, October 10, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Tree Planting and Care Workshop: 10 a.m.
Download tree order form

Johnson County – North Liberty
Partner: City of North Liberty
Location: North Liberty Community Center, 520 West Cherry Street, North Liberty, IA
Date: Saturday, October 24, 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Tree Planting and Care Workshop: 8:45 a.m.
Download tree order form

Linn County – Marion
Partner: Linn County Conservation Board
Location: Squaw Creek Park, 4305 Squaw Lane, Marion, IA
Date: Saturday, September 26, 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Tree Planting and Care Workshop: 8:15 a.m.
Download tree order form

Poweshiek County – Grinnell
Partner: City of Grinnell
Location: Parking lot at Public Services Building, 1411 1st Avenue, Grinnell, IA
Date: Saturday, September 19, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Tree Planting and Care Workshop: 10 a.m.
Download tree order form

Winneshiek County – Decorah
Partner: Winneshiek County Conservation
Location: Decorah Fish Hatchery, Decorah, IA
Date: Thursday, September 24, 4:30 p.m.  – 6:30 p.m.
Tree Planting and Care Workshop: 5:30 p.m.
Download tree order form

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