Program to assist with reforestation efforts throughout the Tri-State area

takingrootCINCINNATI – Dec. 1, 2014 – Looking for a meaningful gift to give that person or child who has everything? Want to provide something that will last long after the holiday season, offering health, environmental and aesthetic benefits to the citizens of our area for years to come? Taking Root, a local reforestation program, has your solution: Give the gift of a tree this holiday season.

Through the Taking Root Tree Fund, each dollar of your donation represents one tree seedling that will be made available to volunteers during tree planting events in the coming year. Your gift can also help purchase larger trees ($100 for a six-foot tall tree) which will “take root” more quickly, helping to further offset some of the current loss of our local canopy due to invasive insects such as the emerald ash borer, Asian longhorned beetle and other threats.

“This is a great gift for a teacher, grandparent or anyone who has an appreciation for nature’s beauty. It’s a legacy gift that benefits many other people than the direct recipient,” said Scott Beuerlein, Chairman of Taking Root. “Through the Tree Fund, you will leave a positive impact on thousands of people throughout the Greater Cincinnati area well beyond this holiday season.”

To gift a tree through Taking Root’s Tree Fund, you simply need to go to the Taking Root website: www.takingroot.info/join-in. Click on “invest in Taking Root” and “donate” to make a payment through PayPal. You can also make a payment by check. Mail your check to: Green Umbrella – Taking Root Campaign, 4138 Hamilton Ave, Ste D, Cincinnati, OH 45223.

Following confirmation of your donation, we will provide you with an electronic or print certificate you can forward to the recipient. Watch for an announcement this spring detailing where your trees will be planted.

“Experts estimate we could lose up to 40 percent of our local tree canopy in the next five years,” adds Beuerlein. “Through your contribution, we can help offset this loss and reach our goal of planting two million trees by 2020.”

For more information on Taking Root, please visit www.takingroot.info.

About Taking Root:
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, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Davey Resource Group, Great Parks of Hamilton County, The Green Partnership for Greater Cincinnati, The Green Umbrella, Hamilton County Planning and Development Department, Natorp’s, The Nature Conservancy in Ohio, Northern Kentucky Urban and Community Forestry Council, , Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments 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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