Become a Civic Forester with Taking Root & The Civic Garden Center of Cincinnati

Interested in Trees and Ubran Forestry?  Then attend our 3 part Civic Forester program series and learn how to select and identify trees, how to properly care for and maintain...

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Invasive Plants Research & Control

Come join other professionals and spend a day learning about new invasive plant research & control methods!

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The Diane Rehm Show Discusse US Forests and Trees

Click below to listen to Diane Rehm and her guests discuss US Forest and Trees and the wrath of the Emerald Ash Borer

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Hamilton County SWCD Fall 2014 Tree Program

The Hamilton County SWCD has joined the regional efforts of Taking Root and Releaf Cincinnati to inspire Hamilton County to better preserve and maintain existing trees, and to...

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Current Tree Count: 56,590

What is Taking Root?

Taking Root is a collaborative, broad-based campaign to address the current historic loss of our region’s tree canopy by planting trees, better managing our local forests, promoting the many benefits of healthy trees, and fostering a sense of stewardship among individuals and communities.

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The Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI), the Green Partnership for a Greater Cincinnati, the Green Umbrella, and The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden are conveners of the Taking Root campaign. The purpose of the Taking Root campaign is to Plant 2 million trees in the eight county OKI tri-state region by 2020.



The Crisis


It’s expected that all nine species of the region’s native Ash trees will inevitably be lost as a result of the Emerald Ash Borer. Considering that Ash trees make up over 10% of the trees in our region (up to 40% in some areas), the loss will have a devastating impact amounting to millions of trees. Still other threats are on the horizon.

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A healthy, diverse, and plentiful tree canopy provides many benefits to our communities and to our region.  Trees and forest canopy have the ability to:

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Join In


Sign the Taking Root Pledge! Have your name/organization added to the list of Supporters!

  • Get involved in the Taking Root Campaign! – begin by taking the Individual Pledge and providing us with your primary interest areas and your contact information.
  • Every community, organization and business is encouraged to sign the Organizational Pledge.  Download and return signed copy to Taking Root, Coordinator, Suite 420, 720 E. Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

See who has taken the pledge on our About Page!

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