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 in Our Region

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.

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
Taking Root Great Tree Summit, Ft. Thomas Tower

Great Tree Summit

Feb. 25, 2023 | 8:00am-noon

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.

Ft. Thomas Tower Park Mess Hall
801 Cochran Ave, Fort Thomas, KY 41075

Joe Boggs, Assistant Professor, Ohio State University Extension, Hamilton County, OSU Department of Entomology

Featured Talks:
Chuck Keller, President of the Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy 

Betsy Kruthoffer, MLS, The Lloyd Library and Museum, Cataloger and Rare Book librarian


  • Award Presentation for well deserving influencers in our community.
  • Silent auction and vendor exhibits.

Emcee: Scott Beuerlein, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Free Event!
Come join us for a fun and informative morning!

Thank you to our

Event Sponsors!

Thank you for supporting Taking Root in the Cincinnati Gives Challenge!

The Board of Directors would like to sincerely thank you for your contributions to Taking Root during the Cincinnati Gives Challenge. Your contributions will allow us to expand the work we do to reach more underserved neighborhoods, to provide natural canopy for Cincinnati Public Schools, to raise awareness of the benefits and necessity of trees, and to protect the standing trees in our eight-county region. By investing in Taking Root’s mission, you are investing in the future health of our air, waterways, and health.

Please subscribe to our email list (see the subscribe form further down the page) to keep up on our latest events and initiatives. We email occasionally throughout the year to keep you up-to-date.

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.

Upcoming Events

Feb. 14, 2023

Taking Root Advisory Council

OKI Regional Council of Governments
720 E. Pete Rose Way

Our Advisory Council gathers for a strategic discussion of future initiatives.

Feb. 25, 2023

Great Tree Summit | 8:00am-noon

Ft. Thomas Tower Park Mess Hall
801 Cochran Ave, Fort Thomas, KY 41075

Taking Root Great Tree Summit, Ft. Thomas Tower

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

News, Impact & Events

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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Taking Root in the CPS Outdoor Program

Taking Root : Providing Natural Canopy to Outdoor Classroom Areas 2022-2023 Taking Root is proud to be providing trees to enhance and provide canopy for the Green Umbrella | CPS Outdoor Classroom program. Taking Root’s mission is to inspire and empower everyone to...

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Rees E Price Academy Tree Planting Event

Taking Root was proud to participate in the launch of the Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) Outside program at Rees E Price Academy on November 3rd, 2022. In partnership with Green Umbrella and with sponsorship from the Duke Energy Foundation, Taking Root provided 13...

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