Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
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Contryside YMCA 
1699 Deerfield Rd.
Lebanon, OH 45036

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Dean Niemeyer 
Taking Root 
(513) 946-4487 

5th Annual Great Tree Summit 

Join us for the 5th annual Great Tree Summit in Lebanon Ohio. There will be great discussion, a keynote presentation by Tom Kimmerer, door prizes and light refreshments!

This year the summit will focus on how trees communicate and how we can communicate the importance of trees in our communities. Networking opportunities with Taking Root partners, tree board members, passionate leaders in the tri-state area, and fellow tree enthusiests abound.

Keynote Speaker: Tom Kimmerer

Join us for Tom's Presentation: "What Do Trees Know and Why Does It Matter?" We often think of trees as passive, almost inanimate, objects in our landscape. In fact, trees are  dynamic, responding rapidly to changes in their environment, communicating with other trees, and making decisions about growth. We will talk about how trees do all this and ask the question “do trees think?” This new understanding of trees has important lessons for how we manage trees in the urban landscape.

Tom Kimmerer is chief scientist with Venerable Trees, Inc., has done research and taught tree physiology, forest biology and urban forestry in the United States, Indonesia and Malaysia, and was a faculty member at the University of Kentucky. His list of publications is extensive.

AGENDA (Subject to change)

Welcome and Taking Root Community Green Project (9:00 – 9:30)

Scott Brunka: What's growing on in Lebanon (9:30 -9:50)

Tom Kimmerer: What Do Trees Know and Why Does It Matter? (9:50 – 10:35)

Break (10:35 – 10:55)

Community News - Are you, your business or community going out on a limb for trees? You have 3 minutes to tell us about it! (10:55 – 11:15)

Awards (11:15 – 11:25)

Tom Borgman: Update on Ash, Elm and American Chestnut (11:25 – 12:00)


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