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Taking Root connects you to information and resources to save existing trees and plant new ones.

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Individuals, communities, businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations are integral to improving our region’s unique and threatened tree canopy. Taking Root helps you take action.


2021 Tree Professionals Seminar


December 16, 2021

9:00 am to 4:30 pm

We are very excited to have Grant Domke, US Forest Service as a keynote this year! Grant is is a research scientist and leads the Carbon Portfolio in the Forest Inventory and Analysis Program within the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Domke studies how carbon is cycled through forest ecosystems and harvested wood products in the U.S. using strategic-level forest inventory data and auxiliary information. He leads the team responsible for compiling estimates of greenhouse gas emissions and removals in forests, woodlands, and harvested wood products each year as part of the United States’ commitment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Domke has also led chapters in the Fifth National Climate Assessment (currently underway), the Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change guidelines for national greenhouse gas inventories. For more information on Domke’s work here.

Details coming soon. 


Join Grant in a discussion as  climate change continues to wreak havoc around the world, trees and forests are being targeted as an essential part of a portfolio approach within the land sector to mitigate climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In the United States, trees in settlements along with forests and the harvested wood products obtained from them offset the equivalent of more than 11 percent of economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions each year. How are human activities and natural disturbances contributing to changes in tree population dynamics and forest carbon in the US? We will tackle these questions in the context of a changing climate and discuss challenges and opportunities within the land sector moving forward.

Check out the new tree benefit analysis tool Tree for Me

Is your organization planning a tree distribution program?

OKI provides this tool as a platform to various organizations for the purpose of distributing trees. Contact Travis Miller for more information.

Why take action?

Our trees are under siege

  • Emerging threats are shrinking our tree canopy, diminishing native species and impeding forest regeneration.
  • Our region’s tree loss will have long-term impacts on our communities, natural resources and pocketbooks.
  • Individual and collaborative actions are critical for combatting tree threats and reversing or offsetting tree loss.

Benefits of trees and forests

  • Positively affect human health, emotional well-being and social behavior
  • Enrich our communities, save energy and increase property values
  • Protect environmental resources we depend on

What can you do to offset the many threats to our trees?

Collaborative Projects & Events

Include tree-planting in your next community service event … use Earth Day, public events and special occasions to spread awareness of tree benefits and needs … contact Taking Root for help with your projects and plans.

Energy-saving Trees

For communities selected each spring and fall, homeowners can receive a free tree and use a customized online mapping program to determine where to plant their tree for the greatest energy savings.

Make a Difference Day (MaDD)

Organize a tree-planting event this October for your organization or community by contacting the MaDD team for information on fund-raising, its annual tree sale and other help.


Tree-planting projects in need of financial or manpower assistance can submit an online application if projects are “shovel-ready” and community-based (may involve street trees, schools, nonprofits, parks, churches, public campuses).

Taking Root Partners

Your business, organization or community can become a Taking Root Partner that provides services or resources to our mission.


Make your newly planted tree(s) count toward Taking Root’s goal of 2 million new trees — one for everyone in the region! Total number of trees planted is updated periodically.

Trees Planted

Great Tree Summit

Attend this annual event to hear about local initiatives addressing the tree crisis, to meet with tree experts and tree lovers and to receive new perspective on trees. Add your name to our mailing list for an invitation and for occasional updates from Taking Root.

The great green canopy that we have inherited from time immemorial is under siege. If we lose it, we are all diminished in ways now unimaginable. If we preserve it, we will have prevailed in a long and meaningful struggle. That’s what Taking Root is all about. That and ‘connectivity’ … working together.

Polk Laffoon

Bough Down, Cincinnati Magazine

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

Chinese Proverb

Professional Development Events:

Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association ‘Credits and Coffee’

Worthington, Oh              Jan 13-14

Credits and Coffee Event Details

Indiana Arborist Association ‘Annual Conference’

Indianapolis, In                Jan 21-23

Annual Conference Information

Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association ‘Winter Conference and Expo’

Louisville, Ky                      Jan 22-23

Tri State Green Industry Conference

Sharonville, Oh                 Feb 6

Green Industry Conference Information

Indiana Green Expo

Indianapolis, In                 Feb 12-13

Green Expo Event Details

Kentucky Arborist Association ‘Annual Conference’

Louisville, Ky                      Feb 20-21

Annual Conference Ticketing and Information

Ohio Tree Care Conference

Dayton, Oh                         Feb 25-27

Ohio Tree Care Conference Event Details

Tree Care Tips

Help keep the trees we have!

Keep them free of climbing winter creeper and English ivy and mulch by the 3x3x3 rule — 3 inches of mulch 3 inches from the trunk in a circle at least 3 feet wide. More tree care tips

News, Impact & Events

Duke Energy Powerful Communities Grant

Duke Energy Powerful Communities Grant

We received a $10,000 Duke Energy grant to create powerful communities through our Energy Saving Trees initiative. This will allow us to activate the program in Hamilton, Fairfield and Norwood, Spring 2020. Stay tuned for more detailsRegister your...

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Seeds to Trees

Seeds to Trees is a grassroots effort to get more trees planted worldwide, by showing one how to collect tree seeds locally, plant them in buckets, and give the seedlings away, for free, within one's community. Check out their step-by-step instruction at:...

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