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2018 Mini-Grant Projects

In 2018, Taking Root awarded seven Mini-Grants for planting trees in low-canopy neighborhoods, local parks and school grounds. The grants enabled local entities to carry out self-initiated plans and projects in which the addition of new trees is just part of the...

Our Challenge

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...

Spring Planting Updates

While our Fall Grant Winners are prepping for their projects, our Spring Grant Winners are finishing up their projects. We are so happy with the outcomes of all their hard work. These projects planted around 464 trees in the Spring Season! Now that's what I call going...

Fall 2017 Mini Grant Winners

Fall is almost here, which means that our Fall Grants have been dispersed. We have 6 wonderful schools/communities/organizations who will receive Mini-Grants. Below are the winners and a short description of their projects: Saint Ursula Villa is a private school...

Mary Kathryn Grove Dedication

On Saturday morning, June 10th, a forest restoration project known as the Mary Kathryn Grove, was dedicated at Tower Park in Fort Thomas.  The project was undertaken to remember the late Mary Kathryn Dickerson, who served as the coordinator of the Boone, Kenton and...

Tale of our Treasured Trees

When people think of trees, they typically think of fresh air, shade and birds, but subjects such as environmental justice, community health, crime and property value probably are not at the top of the list, if they’re even on it at all! Urban trees are a critical component of our communities, but tend to go unnoticed as we rush through life … unless we accidentally run into them while looking at our phones.

3 Years and Planting In Madisonville

Communities are at the core of Taking Root. The loss of trees due to invasive plants, insect pests and unenlightened development have left some Tri-state communities feeling bare. Trees can reduce energy bills, reduce ground water runoff, increase property value, and...


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