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 tree canopy
Our fantastic speakers included:
Joe Boggs — our keynote speaker, from the Ohio State University Extension Spoke about Weird things in the Woods He regaled us all with easily mistaken diseases, amazing insect and copycats to watch for as we walk through the woods.
Chuck Keller — president, Ft Thomas Forest Conservancy, kept us all enthralled with history and happenings in and around Ft Thomas. Visit the Ft Thomas Forest Conservancy website.
And last, but certainly not least, Betsy Kruthhoffer — cataloger and rare book librarian. Betsy talked about their event Sylvan Roots a celebration of Trees, and introduced the audience to the treasured books that the Lloyd library has maintained, some of which are hundreds of years old. Read more about the Lloyd Library.
We honored six very deserving people with the following awards:
The Heritage Award
Caryl Fullman, Tom Smith, and Denny McKeown (posthumously)
Honoring those who have contributed to the protection and enhancement of our region’s trees and forests.
The Johnny Appleseed Award
Recognizing those who have helped advance the goals of Taking Root— planting trees, managing our forests, promoting the benefits of trees, and fostering stewardship and engaging people.
The John B. Peaslee Award
Sam Settlemeyer, Greg Torres
Honoring the memory and legacy of John B. Peaslee, the Superintendent who closed Cincinnati schools on April 27, 1882, so that students could plant trees in an abandoned vineyard that has since become our beautiful Eden Park.
There were over 20 silent auction items including some rare and interesting plants. Refreshment of donuts, fruit, coffee, juices etc., all served in earth friendly containers.
We hope to see you next year in Hamilton Ohio for our 11th annual “Taking Root Great Tree Summit” to be held on February 24th and a location to be announced. SAVE THE DATE!
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