About

Vision

A vibrant tree canopy in the Greater Cincinnati Tri-State region, now and for generations to come

Mission

To inspire and empower all to conserve and improve our region’s unique and threatened tree canopy

Goals

Plant Trees

Plant 2 million trees (a tree for everyone in the Greater Cincinnati Tri-State Region!).

Better Manage and Conserve Our Existing Forests

Expand practices that help retain and regenerate trees and forests.

Promote the Many Benefits of Healthy Trees

Increase the awareness of trees and forests; the benefits they provide; why we need them; and the threats they face.

Foster Stewardship among Individuals and Communities

Engage individuals, businesses, organizations, institutions and communities in the stewardship of our region’s trees and forested areas.

Board of Directors

Scott Beuerlein
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Horticulturist

Jason Brownknight
Brownknight EcoResource LLC, Owner/Operator

Pat Greeson
Natorp’s, Sales Associate

Jodine Grundy, Treasurer
Green Partnership for Greater Cincinnati, retired Board member

Jenny Gulick
Urban Canopy Works, Principal, Arborist and Community Forestry Consultant

Jerry Frankenhoff
Great Parks of Hamilton County, Urban Forester

Bruce Koehler, Secretary
OKI Regional Council of Governments, retired Senior Planner

Margo Lindahl
OKI Regional Council of Governments, retired Senior Planner

Travis Miller
OKI Regional Council of Governments, Regional Planning Manager

Dean Niemeyer, President
Hamilton County Planning + Development Department, Principal Planner (Community Planning Services) and The Green Partnership for Greater Cincinnati, Board member

Kris Stone, Vice President
Boone County Arboretum, Director and Northern Kentucky Urban and Community Forestry Council, Board member

Jodie Zultowsky
Member-at-large, Biologist

Our Challenge

Cincinnati’s environmental crisis in the 1800s In the late 1800s, the United States was facing an environmental crisis. Its once abundant and diverse forests had all but disappeared in the rush to build cities, to clear land for the plow, and to fire a growing...

Our Partners

  • AA Tree Care
  • Algin Furniture
  • Amberley Village Environmental Stewardship Committee
  • Ammon Nursery
  • Arbor Doctor LLC
  • Arborjet
  • Audubon Miami Valley
  • Back Tree Service
  • Bloomin’ Garden Centre
  • Boone County Arboretum
  • Brownknight Eco
  • Casey’s Outdoor Solutions
  • Cianciolo Designscape
  • Cincinnati Nature Center
  • Cincinnati State
  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botancial Garden
  • City of Lebanon
  • City of Montgomery
  • Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati
  • Clermont County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Clermont County Park District
  • Dan Beard Council of Boy Scouts of America
  • Davey Resource Group (a Division of The Davey Tree Expert Company)
  • Delhi Township Parks
  • Gorman Heritage Farm
  • Grailville Granny’s Garden School
  • Great Parks of Hamilton County
  • GreenStand
  • Green Umbrella
  • Hamilton County Planning + Development Department
  • Hamilton Conservation Corps, LLC
  • Holscher Hackman Garden Center
  • Kendrick and O’Dell Landscaping
  • Kenton County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Lagergren Nursery
  • Lefke Tree Experts LLC
  • Mill Creek Yacht Club
  • Mt. Healthy Urban Tree Commission
  • Natorp’s
  • Northern Kentucky Urban and Community Forestry Council
  • Ohio Tree Preservation
  • Ohio Valley Forestry Fellowship
  • OKI / Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments
  • Oxbow, Inc.
  • Pritz & Pritz
  • Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum
  • The Green Partnership for Greater Cincinnati
  • The Nature Conservancy in Ohio
  • Thornton Landscape
  • Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • White Oak Gardens
  • World 5.0

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