The Big Idea Challenge
As you know, Taking Root recently won the $5,000.00 Environmental Stewardship grant in The Greater Cincinnati Foundation's Big Idea Challenge. GCF has more recently offered us the chance to raise additional money starting on #GivingTuesday. If you would like to help us confront the tree crisis in our region caused by emerald ash borer, Asian longhorned beetle, and other problems by planting two million trees in the eight county Tri-State by 2020, please donate online using the link below between 12:01 a.m. 12/3/13 and 11:59 p.m. 12/9/13. Any donations received for our project during that time will help us qualify for an additional share of grant funds that GCF has made available.
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.
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.
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.Read More »
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:Read More »