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

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.

Great Tree Summit

March 13th 

Sponsors will be accepted until March 5, but to ensure being on all the appropriate materials, earlier processing would be best. Contact Kristopher Stone for more information about sponsorship benefits at (859) 384-4999 or
Event Sponsor………………………………..……………………..$500
•Website & social media recognition, Emcee “thank you” announcement during the event.
•Recognition and large logo featured on presentation screen during event breaks.
Event Co‐Sponsor….……………………………………….….…$100
• 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:

Taking Root
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.

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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December 3rd Tree Canopy Professionals’ Seminar

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...

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