Help Save Our Tree Canopy
Taking Root connects you to information and resources to save existing trees and plant new ones.
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Take Action for Trees
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.
Great Tree Summit
•Website & social media recognition, Emcee “thank you” announcement during the event.
•Recognition and large logo featured on presentation screen during event breaks.
• Recognition and logo featured on presentation screen during event breaks.
Please mail your check, along with this form and your desired level of sponsorship to:
P.O. Box 428818
Cincinnati, OH 45242
PROGRAM: 9AM to 12:30PM
9:00 Welcome and Taking Root Updates – Kris Stone, Taking Root President
9:15 Keynote: Trees Atlanta, Overview of Metro Impact and Unique Urban Beltline Arboretum – Greg Levine
10:20 Invasives Management Update: Callery Pear – Theresa Culley, University of Cincinnati, Department of Biological Sciences and Chair of the Ohio Invasive Plants Council
11:30 2021 Taking Root Awards Presentations
11:40 Local Tree & Forest Initiatives
Mill Creek Alliance – Restoring Our Riparian Corridor – Bruce Koehler
Cooper Creek Initiative of the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District – Adam Lehmann
Northern Kentucky Urban and Community Forestry Council Update – Liz Fet
Dearborn County and the Purdue Extension Office Update – John Hawley
Trees Make A Difference Team – Gayle Ficken-Clarke and Bobbi Strangfeld
Ohio Native Plant Month Tree Planting Initiative – Nancy Linz
Open Discussion – Bring your organizational update to share!
12:30 Closing Remarks
Keynote Presentation: Trees Atlanta, Overview of Metro Impact and Unique Urban Beltline Arboretum by Greg Levine
Greg Levine is Trees Atlanta’s Co-Executive Director and Chief Program Officer. Greg has been with the organization for over 25 years and is responsible for all programming that supports the mission of Trees Atlanta. Under his leadership, Trees Atlanta has forged a strong partnership with the Atlanta BeltLine and has developed the BeltLine Arboretum in recent years. Additionally, he oversees neighborhood and city plantings, forest restoration, advocacy, and the urban forestry crew. Greg has a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia and is an ISA Certified Arborist.
Read more about Trees Atlanta: About Trees Atlanta
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.
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.
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.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
Professional Development Events:
Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association ‘Credits and Coffee’
Worthington, Oh Jan 13-14
Indiana Arborist Association ‘Annual Conference’
Indianapolis, In Jan 21-23
Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association ‘Winter Conference and Expo’
Louisville, Ky Jan 22-23
Tri State Green Industry Conference
Sharonville, Oh Feb 6
Indiana Green Expo
Indianapolis, In Feb 12-13
Kentucky Arborist Association ‘Annual Conference’
Louisville, Ky Feb 20-21
Ohio Tree Care Conference
Dayton, Oh Feb 25-27
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
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...
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:...
CEUs for ASA, ASLA, AICP This year’s seminar will be virtual, so you can enjoy all of the presentations live from your desktop with opportunity to engage with all of our presenters. The event will begin at 10AM, break for lunch at noon and continue with educational...