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Campaign aims to stop tree loss in Cincinnati area

CINCINNATI (AP) — A collaborative campaign aims to prevent loss of the Cincinnati region's tree canopy through education, improved management of existing trees and the planting of new trees.

Officials with the Taking Root campaign say the effort is needed to confront the current and impending loss of trees due to insect infestations, disease, invasive plants and other threats.

The campaign kicks off Thursday at Eden Park in Cincinnati with comments from business, government and education leaders. Inaugural trees will be distributed to the eight counties and main cities in the region, which includes parts of southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeast Indiana.

The campaign's goal is to plant 2 million trees by 2020. It is partnering with public and private entities and will seek participation from both individuals and organizations.

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