About

Taking Root Introduction Video – 13 minute presentation to OKI Board of Directors – September 2013.

Taking Root is an initiative to replace, retain and expand trees in the eight-county Greater Cincinnati tri-state region.  Partners include Boone County Arboretum, Cincinnati Nature Center, Davey Resource Group, Great Parks of Hamilton County, The Green Partnership for Greater Cincinnati, Hamilton County Planning and Development Department, Natorp’s, The Nature Conservancy in Ohio, Northern Kentucky Urban and Community Forestry Council, Ohio DNR Division of Forestry, and Oxbow, Inc. The campaign is ramping up to educate the public on the need for trees, to value and care for them, and to plant them — by the millions!

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MISSION

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

VISION

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

GOALS

  • Plant 2 million trees by 2020 (a tree for everyone in the OKI 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 tree and forest; 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.

Taking Root Newsletter Archive

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Contact:

Daniel Kloepfer, Taking Root Coordinator

Steering Committee

Scott Beuerlein, Chair, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Jenny Gulick, Vice-Chair, Davey Resource Group

Tom Borgman, Great Parks Hamilton County

Jason Brownknight, Cincinnati Nature Center

Jodine Grundy, Taking Root Ambassador

Liz Jacobs, Natorp’s

Josh Knights, The Nature Conservancy

Margo Lindahl, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Council of Governments

Travis Miller, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments

Dean Niemeyer, Green Partnership for Greater Cincinnati and Hamilton County Planning & Development Department

Len Thomas, Green Partnership for Greater Cincinnati (University of Cincinnati representative)

Brewster Rhoads, The Green Umbrella

Jon Seymour, The Green Umbrella and Oxbow, Inc.

Kristopher Stone, Boone County Arboretum

Wendi VanBuren, Ohio Department of Natural Resources – Division of Forestry

 

Taking Root Partners:

(Steering Committee organizations noted with an *)

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Taking Root Supporters-Organizations:

  • Amberley Village Environmental Stewardship Committee
  • Campbell County Conservation District
  • Civic Garden Center of Cincinnati
  • Clermont County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Colerain Township
  • Cru Cutters, LLC
  • Delhi Township
  • Great Parks of Hamilton County
  • Keep Cincinnati Beautiful
  • Kenton County Conservation District
  • Liberty Township
  • Ohio Valley Forestry Fellowship
  • Roselawn Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation
  • UC Medical Center
  • Village of Mariemont
  • Village of Morrow
  • Village of Williamsburg Tree Board
  • VIOX Services, INC.
  • Warren County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Willowbrook Community HOA

Taking Root Supporters-Individuals:

Carol Adams, Joe Adkins, Nic Alessandrini, John D. Baele, Bethany Baylor, Mary Jo Bazeley, Thayne Bedenkop, Ed Berger, Bill Berger, Adam Berland, Bruce Berno, Michele Beuerlein, Teri Bickel, Todd Bickel, Mary Bishop, Tom Boeing, Linda Bollman, J Bradford Bonham, Tom Borgman, Jim Brace, Christine Brand, Mona Breitbeil, Jane Bresser, Karen Brown, Andrew Burton, Bill Cahalan, David Cameron, Rick Conner, Frank Coogan, Philip Cottell, Crystal Courtney, Jon Covey, Lucy Crane, Julie Crook, Kathy Cunningham, Andi Curry, Mark Deacon, Ed Dietrich, Yvonne Dishon, David Doepke, Samantha DoeringPam Dollard, Anthony Downs, Annalee Duganier, Elizabeth Durrell, Gail Emley, Bobby Engelman, H Evans, Larry Falkin, Gayle Ficken-Clarke, Ann Florian, Standish Fortin, Mathew Frantz, Beth Freeman, David Galloway, Lisa Garofalo, Judy Gehrlich, Jay Gooch, Dave Gressley, Chad Haggard, Cara Hague, Martha Hamann, Emily Hampton, Matt Hanson, Lorna Harell, April Harper, Robert Harr, Daniel Hart, Donna Heldman, Jarrod Hendel, Jesse Hensen, Matthew Henstridge, Chuck Holliday, Ann Hubbard, John Hurt, Peter Huttinger, Mike Huxsoll, Lisa Igo, Will Ingstrup, Abby Ison, Bill Ison, Kathleen Jenkins, James Kinsman, Katie Kirschner, John Klein, Daniel Kloepfer, Kimberley Klosterman, Kari Klug, Paul Koloszar, Nancy Krueger, Mary Lu Lageman, Kim Lahman, Justin Lamorella, Lisa Lawhorn, Lee Levy, Margo Lindahl, Eric Lindsay, Kristine Lindsey, Dave Lintner, Malesia Lyle, Kate MacKinnon, Sharon Maiman, Taylor Maple, Paul Marsh, Stephanie Marshall, Brad Mason, Katherine Maurer, Jennifer McCullough, Ronald McFarland, Bonnie McMillan, Jim Meranus, Justin Messer, Stephanie Meyers, Janet Miller, John Miller, Travis Miller, Jeff Mills, Pat Mittermiller, Denise Mora, Tyler Morrison, Joan Moyers, Jordan Musnicky, Stan Nassano, Peter Nerone, Bill Newton, Jim Neyer, Jeanne Nightingale, Cathy OBryan, Steve OBryan, Brenden Olding, Fred Orth, Tim Osborne, Frances Ott Allen, Chris Payne, Rich Pearson, Megan Philpott, Debbie Pogue, Lisa Pruden, Mark Pruden, Bob Rack, Jennifer Radcliffe, Alpana Ranade, Shannon Ratterman, Marjorie Rauh, Chris Rhode, Paul Riddle,  Rebecca Ritchie, Joan Rolf, Gabe Rood, Wayne Rost, Ronald Rothhaas, Ken Rupert,  Michelle Ryder, Ofer Sabath Beit-Halachmi, William Schnure, Mardell Glinski Schultz, Maryann Schultz, Jon Seymour, Tim Sisson, Alexander Smith, Landon Smith, Anne Stall, Cindy Starr, Merrie Stillpass, Lucy Stoll, Bobbi Strangfeld, Bob Stroup, Casandra Strudwick, Bess Sturgill, Kristi Sullivan, Bill Swanson, Mitchel Tidman, Roger Toennis, Ann Ventus, Christian Vesper, Mary Jo Vesper, Sheryl Vice, Kelsey Voit, Brian Wamsley, Marge Webb, Laura Weber, Bob White, Chris White, Karen Whitney, Jim Wittkopf, Lotus Wittkopf, Sunita Yadav, Geoff Zimmerman

 

To learn more how you, your organization or your community can become involved in the Taking Root Campaign, please go to Join In.