Help Save Our Tree Canopy


Taking Root inspires and empowers all to conserve and improve our region’s unique and threatened tree canopy

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Take Action for Trees in Our Region

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.

Tree for Me

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

Plan your Tree Planting with OKI’s Tree for Me Tool

Is your organization planning a tree distribution program? Do you want to know more about the benefits of trees?

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


Tree for Me: Goshen Township

Order free trees while supplies last. Trees are 5ft. in height.

You will pick up your trees on Oct. 28; 10am-2pm at Kathryn Stagge-Marr Community Park, 662 Goshen Rd, Goshen, OH, 45122.

Taking Root Tree Professionals Seminar

Dec. 1, 2023

8:30 AM to 4:00 PM EST

Sawyer Point Building- OKI Board Room
720 East Pete Rose Way
Suite 420
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Great Tree Summit

Feb. 24, 2024 | 8:00am-noon

Save the date!

Watch the Video About Energy Saving Trees—2min.

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.

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

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

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News, Impact & Events

Great Parks Poe-tree and Taking Root

Great Parks Poe-tree and Taking Root

Taking Root partnered with Great Parks, GROUNDWORK Ohio River Valley and Macy’s to plant trees at New Prospect Baptist Church on Sunday, April 2, 2023. The tree planting is part of an event called, “For the Love of Poe-Tree”. Everyone was invited to participate in the...

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2023 Great Tree Summit 10th Anniversary

2023 Great Tree Summit 10th Anniversary

Celebrating a decade of Taking Root at the annual Great Tree Summit What a wonderful gathering of individuals, communities, and organizations who work towards a shared vision of planting new trees and preserving existing trees so that we all benefit from a healthy...

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Tree for Me November Event

Tree for Me November Event

This November, Taking Root’s Tree for Me Program, with generous support from the Duke Energy Foundation, distributed about 50 trees to residents in the Cincinnati communities of Avondale, Bond Hill, Roselawn and Walnut Hills, and about 40 to residents in Florence,...

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