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Operation ReLeaf

tree planting

Alliant Energy's Operation ReLeaf program offers 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 the program works

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.

Download the examples of tree types available [PDF] (Not all tree varieties available at all distribution sites.)

Download the Operation ReLeaf Questions and Answers [PDF]

Planting Guide for your Operation ReLeaf tree [PDF]

The Operation ReLeaf program has a few basic goals:

  • Help residential customers save energy by planting trees to shade their homes or to create a wind break.
  • Provide low-cost, high-quality and diverse landscape trees from local nurseries.
  • Promote long-term community reforestation and energy conservation through efficient landscaping.
  • Be flexible and responsive (on a residential basis) to communities and counties hard hit by storm damage.

Trees for Operation ReLeaf 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, determine the best location to plant your tree(s) to have the most energy efficiency impact by using this simple to use tool: http://www.itreetools.org/design.php
iTree Design works best using Google Chrome
To use iTree Design simply 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

Spring 2015 events

Allamakee County – Waukon
Partner: Allamakee County Extension
Location: Allamakee County Fairgrounds, 705 Allamakee Street NW, Waukon
Date: Thursday, April 30, 5 – 7 p.m.
Download tree order form

Linn County – Marion
Partner: Linn County Conservation Board
Location: Squaw Creek Park, 4305 Squaw Lane, Marion
Date: Saturday, April 25, 7:30 – 9 a.m.
Tree Planting and Care Workshop: 8:15 a.m.

Benton County – Vinton
Partner: Benton County Conservation
Location: Nature Center, 5718 20th Ave. Dr., Vinton,
Date: Thursday, May 28th, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Tree Planting and Care Workshop: 5:15 p.m.
Download tree order form

Dickinson County – Spirit Lake
Partner: Dickinson County Extension
Location: Dickinson County Fairgrounds, 1602 15th Street, Spirit Lake
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Download tree order form

Dubuque County – Peosta
Partner: Dubuque County Conservation
Location: Swiss Valley Park, 13606 Swiss Valley Road, Peosta
Date: Saturday, May 9, 9 – 11 a.m.
Tree Planting and Care Workshop: 10 a.m.
Download tree order form

Muscatine County –  Muscatine
Partner: City of Muscatine
Location: Aquatic Center, Weed Park, 1 Park Drive, Muscatine
Date: Saturday, May 2, 8:30  – 10 a.m.
Tree Planting and Care workshop: 9:15 a.m.
Download tree order form

Clarke County – Osceola
Partner: City of Osceola
Location: Q Pond Park, Clay Street, Osceola
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Download tree order form

Fall 2015 events
Click here to view Fall 2015 Operation ReLeaf event dates and locations
Order forms for fall events will be available in August.


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