Help Save Our Tree Canopy


Taking Root connects you to information and resources to save existing trees and plant new ones.

Please support Taking Root’s Cincinnati Gives Campaign

Your donation will help Taking Root win prize money from Cincinnati Magazine. 100% of which will go to local TREES

Make a Donation  |  Cincinnati Gives Challenge

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.

Help support Taking Root in the Cincinnati Gives Challenge!

Nov. 28 – Dec. 8, 2022

This fund-raising sprint is a competition where local charities compete to raise the most money with the top teams winning cash prizes from Cincinnati Magazine. The 2022 Cincinnati Gives Challenge runs from November 28 at 5 p.m. ET through December 8 at 5 p.m. ET.

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

Dec. 1, 2022

Regional Tree Canopy Professionals’ Seminar | 8:00 am to 4:00 pm EST

  • Hybrid meeting — We encourage you to attend in person, but will also be providing a live virtual option.
  • Lunch provided to those who attend in person. Speakers to be announced soon.
  • ISA continuing education credits will be submitted.

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

A very special thanks to our 2022 sponsors for making this year’s event possible:
Davey Resource Group
Natorp’s Nursery

Feb. 25, 2022

Great Tree Summit | 8:00am-noon

Ft. Thomas, Tower Park Mess Hall

A Free Event

Emcee: Scott Beuerlein, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden


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 with Brian Bozeman of CORA

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.

Come join us for a fun and informative morning!

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

Save the Date | Feb. 25, 2023

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 and upcoming events.

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

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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