Local Tree Canopy Crisis Ignites Discussion

CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is inviting concerned community members to attend the Taking Root Summit on Saturday, January 25 in the Zoo’s Peacock Pavilion. Taking Root intends for this event to enlist caring volunteers of all walks of life, whether they are experts on trees or not, and to get them involved. Many different skills are needed.

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Taking Root’s ultimate mission is to inspire the community into better preserving and maintaining existing trees, and to plant two million trees–one for each citizen in the region–by the year 2020. Taking Root is a collaborative partnership within the eight counties of the Tri-State region. Its mission is to raise awareness of the current crisis taking place in our tree canopies. Threats include the invasive emerald ash borer as well as other pests and diseases responsible for the loss of millions of this region’s native trees, posing a serious threat to the local ecosystem, and which will impact our quality of life in many ways.

This free event will start at 9:30 a.m. Discussions will focus on the establishment of action teams to assist, enable, and motivate the eight county Tri-State to confront the local tree canopy crisis. Events on the agenda include an update and overview on Taking Root, Action Team Brainstorming, Breakout Sessions based on county. The Summit concludes at 12:45 p.m. with a Closing Session and Team Reports.

The Taking Root Executive Team includes representative individuals from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Green Umbrella, Green Partnership of Greater Cincinnati, OKI Regional Council of Governments, Great Parks of Hamilton County, Davey Resource Group, Boone County Arboretum, Natorp’s Nursery, The Cincinnati Nature Center, Cincinnati Parks, The University of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, and Groundwork Cincinnati. Many other green organizations and companies are also involved.

Registration for the Taking Root Summit is FREE, but you must register by January 24th. Space is limited.