The Ottumwa Courier

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April 10, 2013

Three tree species remain in Operation ReLeaf

Three tree species remain in Operation ReLeaf

OTTUMWA — There are only three tree species left in Ottumwa’s first Operation ReLeaf program.

The program, run through Alliant Energy, gives residential customers an opportunity to purchase trees at discounted prices. The city began participating in the program this year after residents on Chester Avenue raised concerns last summer about trees being cut down to allow for the sewer separation project to continue.

City Administrator Joe Helfenberger said there are three tree species left: tuliptree, sweetgum and white pine.

“And out of nearly 200 trees, there are only 30 left,” he said.

Private property owners can purchase up to two trees per year for $25 per tree. For more information, go to www.cityofottumwa.org/releaf.

Residents can pick up the trees they have purchased from 9-11 a.m. Saturday in The Beach Ottumwa parking lot, where parks staff will be on hand to assist people in loading their trees. A professional tree planting seminar will also be given at 10 a.m.

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