About Us


Taking Root is a collaborative, broad-based campaign to address the current historic loss of our regions 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.

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


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


  • 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.