The Oskaloosa Herald
MidAmerican Energy Company partners with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in the Plant Some Shade residential tree-planting program to provide affordable and desirable landscape trees (6-8’) for residents to purchase and plant on their property for long-term community reforestation. The distribution in Oskaloosa also partners with Mahaska County Extension, Mahaska County Master Gardeners, City of Oskaloosa and Oskaloosa Trees Forever.
Trees are ordered in bulk numbers from local nurseries to keep costs low and then distributed at a centralized location to minimize transportation costs. Tree recipients are given instructions on how to plant and care for their trees and also receive safety information regarding the danger of planting trees near power lines. A $30 per tree investment is required by tree recipients. The remaining cost of the trees is covered by a grant from MidAmerican Energy. The trees are not guaranteed or covered by warranty. There is a limited number of the offered tree species.
Plan before you plant. Know how tall the tree you plant will be when it reaches maturity and plan appropriately. Planted too close to power lines, branches from tall trees can cause outages and pose serious electric hazards.
Get the scoop before you dig. For no-cost assistance with locating underground utilities, call Iowa One Call; Iowa’s utility notification service, at 800-292-8989, or call 811. It’s the law.
Distribution for Plant Some Shade will be Saturday, SepT. 28, 9 to 11 a.m. at the Southern Iowa Fairgrounds, Oskaloosa. This opportunity is for MidAmerican Energy customers, but is not limited to Oskaloosa city limits. There is a maximum of two trees per customer; preordering and prepayment are required. Order forms are available at the Mahaska County Extension Office; 212 North I Street, Oskaloosa and Web site www.extension.iastate.edu/mahaska or Mid American Plant Some Shade Web site http://www.midamericanenergy.com/ee/ia_res_shade.aspx.