Help Save Our Tree Canopy
Taking Root connects you to information and resources to save existing trees and plant new ones.
Make a Donation or Volunteer
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.
Plan your Tree Planting with the OKI 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.
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...
Taking Root Press Release - 2021 Duke Energy Foundation Award Here Cincinnati, Ohio – Taking Root received a $10,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to create powerful communities in tristate neighborhoods through the Tree For Me neighborhoodtree distribution...
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:...