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 through a bidding process from local Iowa nurseries.

Eligibility and how to participate

Operation ReLeaf participants must be Alliant Energy residential 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. 

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.

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.

Fall 2017 Operation Releaf events

Operation Releaf events for Fall 2017 are scheduled for the following Iowa counties:

Buena Vista County – Storm Lake
Partner:  City of Storm Lake
Location: Kings Point Park, 1300 E. Lakeshore Drive, Storm Lake
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 4,  4:30 – 6 p.m.
Download order form.pdf

Fayette County – Oelwein
Partner:  City of Oelwein
Location: Oelwein City Park, Oelwein, IA 50662
Date/Time: Thursday, September 28,  4:30 – 6 p.m.
Tree planting and Care Workshop: 5:15 p.m.

Jefferson County  Fairfield
Partner: Jefferson County Extension
Location: Jefferson County Fairgrounds
Date/Time:  Saturday, September 23,  9 – 10:30 a.m.
Tree planting and Care: 9:45 a.m.

Jones County  Anamosa
Partner:  Jones County SWCD
Location: Jones County USDA Office Parking Lot
Date/Time:  Thursday, September 21, 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Lee County – Montrose
Partner: Lee County Conservation
Location: Lee County Conservation Center, 2652 Highway 61, Montrose, IA 52639
Date/Time:  Thursday, October 5,  5 – 6:30 p.m.
Tree planting and Care Workshop: 5:45 p.m.
Download order form.pdf

Linn County – Marion
Partner:  Linn County Conservation Board
Location:  Squaw Creek Park, 4305 Squaw Lane, Marion
Date/Time: Saturday, October 7,  7:30 – 9 a.m.
Tree Planting and Care Workshop: 8:15 a.m.

Lucas County – Chariton
Partner: Lucas County Conservation
Location: Pin Oak Marsh Lodge, Chariton
Date/Time:  Wednesday, September 27,  4:30 – 6 p.m.
Tree planting and Care Workshop: 5:15 p.m.

Story County – Ames
Partner:  Story County Conservation
Location: East Petersen Park
Date/Time: Thursday, October 19,  4:30 – 6 p.m.
Tree planting and Care Workshop: 5:15 p.m.
Download order form.pdf 

iTree Design tool

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: 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

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