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DNR Residential Tree Event in Council Bluffs – Trees at a Discounted Price

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is hosting a residential tree program this spring in Council Bluffs. You are receiving this message because you have participated in one or more of these events in the past. This program is similar to the MidAmerican Energy Plant Some Shade program except that this event is open to all Iowa residents, regardless of who they receive energy from!

A total of 500 trees are being offered for sale with 13 different species to choose from. Trees will be sold for $30 each with a limit of two trees per planting address. If you own multiple properties you can purchase two trees for each property. Trees will be between three and eight feet tall at pick up. The pickup event is scheduled for Saturday, April 27 from 8:30 to 10:30 am at Harrah’s Casino.

If you have a particular species you want be sure to get your order in right away!The following species are available at the event. Click on the species name for more information.
Northern Red Oak
Shagbark Hickory
Northern Pecan
Kentucky Coffeetree
American Elm ‘Colonial Spirit’
Chinkapin Oak
Serviceberry ‘Autumn Brilliance’ (single stem)
Eastern Redbud (single stem)
Star Magnolia ‘Royal Star’
Crabapple ‘Royal Raindrops’
Norway Spruce
White Pine
Black Hills Spruce

Orders need to be placed by Friday, April 19. Order forms and payment needs to be sent to Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation at 223 S 6th St, Council Bluffs, IA 51501. More information about the program can be found on the attached order form. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

DNR CB Order Form

Thank you,

GABBI EDWARDS, Urban Forestry Program Specialist
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
P 515-725-8456 |
502 E. 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50319

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Historic Preservation Loan Program

The Historic Preservation loan program is designed to assist eligible homeowners located in specific target areas in and around the downtown area to make repairs to their property. This program is in conjunction with the Housing Rehab Program. Eligible repairs include exterior improvements (such as gutters, roofing, painting, siding, retaining walls, concrete work and window replacement) and interior improvements (such as electrical, plumbing and mechanical system updates). The architectural integrity of the homes assisted through this program shall be preserved. The program is operated on a first come, first served basis until all funds are expended or committed.

Eligibility is based upon the number of persons in the household and the yearly income of everyone living in the household. Properties which have received funds under the City’s rehabilitation or ownership programs are not eligible to receive assistance for 20 years. All properties assisted through the Historic Preservation Loan Program shall remain as single-family, no conversions to multi-family use will be allowed. Rental properties and homes purchased on a land sales contract are not eligible. The CD Forbearance Loan, CD Forgivable Loan and CD Principal Only Loans are all loans available through the current Housing Rehab Program. For more information contact the Community Development Department at (712) 328-4629.

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