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P.O. Box 428818
Cincinnati, OH 45242

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Great Tree Summit


Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Clermont County Fairgrounds- 4H Building
1000 Locust Street
Owensville, OH 45160

Join us for the 6th annual Great Tree Summit. There will be great discussion, silent auction, and light refreshments.

Networking opportunities with Taking Root partners, tree board members, passionate leaders in the tri-state area, and fellow tree enthusiasts abound.

Keynote Speaker: Cory Christopher

“Lest Our Children Forget: Invasive plants, Native Habitat, and our Shifting Baseline”

Cory Christopher is the Director of the Center for Conservation at the Cincinnati Nature Center. Cory oversees conservation staff managing Nature Center lands, directs scientific research, coordinates regional conservation initiatives, including Milkweed to Monarchs and Plant Native!, collaborates with local organizations and agencies to provide engaging programs for all audiences, and works to preserve and protect greenspace in Southwest Ohio.

A native of the Blue Ridge foothills of Northern Georgia, Cory earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in ecology from the University of Georgia and a PhD in biological sciences from the University of Cincinnati. His doctoral research studied the interaction and effects of Amur honeysuckle and white-tailed deer on herbs in a deciduous forest and he did his post-doctorate work at Washington University in St. Louis. Cory has been an adjunct faculty member at both University of Cincinnati and Miami University, and worked at the Cincinnati Zoo, where he managed school and graduate programs. Before joining the Nature Center, he served in two roles at the University of Cincinnati: director of UC Forward, which facilitates cross-departmental collaboration, and director of Undergraduate Student Research.

Agenda (Subject to change)

9:00 Welcome and Taking Root Update
9:30 Clermont County Panel Discussion / What’s Growing on in Clermont County? (Asian Longhorned Beetle update, additional updates from local agencies/organizations)
10:20 Break
10:45 Keynote speaker: Cory Christopher
11:45 Wrap-up: Awards, Announcement of Silent Auction winning bids & Conclusion



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Thank you for registering your trees with Taking Root.

This is a community wide initiative to plant one tree per person (two million) in the Tri-state by 2020, and everybody has to play their part. Please help us to spread the word about the current loss of tree canopy due to emerald ash borer and other issues, the many benefits of trees to the environment and our communities, and the need to plant more trees! One way to help is to take part in the Taking Root Tree Planting Challenge!

There is no dispute among experts that Pyrus calleryana and all of its cultivars (‘Bradford’, ‘Aristocrat’, ‘Cleveland Select’, and others), commonly known as Bradford Pears or Callery Pears, has become an invasive plant in the Greater Cincinnati, eight county Tri-State and beyond. For that reason, Taking Root has determined that planting these selections does more harm than good to the environment. We ask that you do not count plantings of Callery Pears towards the Taking Root goal of two million trees by 2020. We do ask that you consider instead the many other species and selections that are also beautiful, perform all the environmental services we hope for, and do not replace native species in greenspaces. Thank you.

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