Jenna Ladd | October 4, 2017
Alliant Energy’s Operation ReLeaf tree distribution program will continue this week and into October. During this time, the company provides landscape-quality trees to their customers at a significant discount. Thoughtful placement of trees can cut energy costs for homeowners by providing shade in the warmer months and wind blocks during colder months.
Customers can buys trees that typically retail for $65 to $125 for just $25 each. Residential tree distributions will be held in Buena Vista, Fayette, Lee, Linn, Lucas and Story counties this October.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources provides several resources for homeowners looking to select the appropriate tree for their yards. In one of the DNR’s publications, “Rethinking Maple: Selecting Trees For Your Yard,” officials point out that maple trees make up more than one-third of all trees in Iowa, which increases their risk for disease and pest problems. The pamphlet encourages homeowners to consider other tree species based on desired qualities such like vibrant fall color, storm resistant, salt tolerant and others.
Trees will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis at the following locations on the following dates:
Buena Vista County – Storm Lake
Partner: City of Storm Lake
Location: Kings Point Park
Date: Oct. 4, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Lee County – Montrose
Partner: Lee County Conservation
Location: Lee County Conservation Center
Date: Oct. 5, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tree planting and care workshop: 5:45 p.m.
Linn County – Marion
Partner: Linn County Conservation Board
Location: Squaw Creek Park
Date: Oct. 7, 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Tree planting and care workshop: 8:15 a.m.
Story County – Ames
Partner: Story County Conservation
Location: East Petersen Park
Date: Oct. 19, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Tree planting and care workshop: 5:15 p.m.