City of Dayton Announces Cherry Blossom Trail

Posted on June 16, 2017 at 7:41 pm

Dayton mayor Nan Whaley, former Ohio Governor Robert Taft, and a host of dignitaries were present for a special ceremony on May 1st, announcing the development of Dayton’s Cherry Blossom Trail. One hundred cherry trees from the Operation 1000 Cherry Tree Project, funded by a donation from Dayton Power & Light, will create a Cherry Blossom Trail linking the Dayton Art Institute to Carillon Historical Park along the great Miami River.

“We are thrilled to add these beautiful trees to Dayton’s urban landscape and very grateful for the efforts and generosity of DP&L and Operation 1000 Cherry Tree Project,” said Mayor Nan Whaley. “The trees are one more addition to a quickly evolving urban environment that is improving every day in Dayton.”

Read additonal press coverage of the event below from:

Dayton Foundation

Dayton Extra


Fifty New Trees Adorn I-70/I-75 Interchange

Posted on December 12, 2016 at 5:32 pm

IMG_0153Finally, we contributed 50 cherry trees that were planted at the interchange of Interstates 70 and 75. This most traveled crossroad of America will be decorated with cherry blossoms in the coming spring and every spring thereafter.





Dayton Art Institute

Posted on October 16, 2016 at 5:30 pm

IMG_4544In the fall, we finally planted 20 cherry trees at Dayton Art Institute. This nearly 100-year-old landmark of the Dayton community is fresh off a makeover, and we were very excited about adding the cherry trees to their remodeling project. Thanks to Executive Director Michael Roediger for allowing us to be a part of their long-awaited renovation project, and thanks to Terrence Horan for providing the fund.



Green Tokai Expands and Lends Support

Posted on June 29, 2016 at 12:37 am


Representatives of Green Tokai, Montgomery County, and Operation 1000 Cherry Trees plant the first in a number of trees at the Brookville facility.

On June 15, 2016, the City of Brookville hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for Green Tokai in celebration of their recent expansion. Green Tokai is a respected auto parts manufacturer and has consistently invested in their manufacturing operation since establishing headquarters there in 1988.

As part of the expansion ceremony, Green Tokai officials welcomed Operation 1000 Cherry Trees, announced their support of our project, and planted the first in a number of cherry trees which will adorn the grounds of their manufacturing facility.

Congratulations to Green Tokai, your talented workforce and the City of Brookville!  And, thank you for your support of Operation 1000 Cherry Trees.

Green Tokai

Posted on June 15, 2016 at 5:25 pm


Representatives of Green Tokai, Montgomery County, and Operation 1000 Cherry Trees plants 20 more trees at the Brookville facility.

Later in the spring, we provided 20 cherry trees to Green Tokai Company, a local Japanese company, at the celebration of their plant expansion in Brookville, Ohio. Green Tokai Company had donated $5,000 to the Operation 1000 Cherry Tree Project. Thanks to Daniel Bowers for his generosity.





Bellbrook Middle School

Posted on May 10, 2016 at 5:29 pm

BellbrookIn May, Governor Bob Taft contributed 10 cherry trees to Bellbrook Middle School. We joined him by contributing 10 more. Forty students, selected for their academic achievement, participated in planting the trees.




100 Local Cherry Trees Planted in March

Posted on May 3, 2016 at 2:54 am

Operation 1000 Cherry Trees continued to add to its local tree count in the Dayton region, with a series of area plantings in March 2016.  First,  50 Cherry Trees were planted in the Deweese Ridgecrest area near Three River Park in North Dayton. Then, another 50 were planted near the Wright Dunbar Memorial Park on West Third Street.  The latest 100 Cherry Trees were planted with funds provided by Dayton Power and Light Foundation.  We thank the DP&L Foundation and especially Holly Wiggins for their continued support.

DeWeese Ridgecrest neighborhood and Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

Posted on March 28, 2016 at 5:18 pm

Operation 1000 Cherry Trees had a great start in March when Dayton Power & Light Foundation provided the funds to plant 50 Yoshino cherry trees at Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park and another 50 trees near DeWeese Ridgecrest neighborhood area. Thanks to Holly Wiggins, Executive Director of the Foundation, for her efforts to bring to a successful conclusion.

The Miyagi Coastline: Four Years Later

Posted on December 4, 2015 at 4:01 pm

dsc01547-e1448723763528Operation 1000 Cherry Trees recently found a fascinating article from Rocket News 24 that shares some sobering stories and harrowing images collected in a drive along the Miyagi Coastline in Japan four years after the devastating earthquake and tsunami leveled much of the landscape.  Our thanks to writer Evie Lund for bringing to our attention that, despite all the work that has been done, much of the area is still struggling to regain its former luster.  Our thoughts and prayers remain for our friends along the Miyagi Coastline region. Read the full article here.

Deadline Extended to Apply for Neighborhood Cherry Trees

Posted on October 9, 2015 at 7:45 pm

DP&L is partnering with Operation 1000 Cherry Tree project to help plant more than 100 cherry trees in and around Dayton, Ohio to repay the kindness shown to Japan following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Now, they have extended the deadline for neighborhoods and small business groups to apply for 100 cherry trees as part of DP&L’s Right Tree Right Place campaign to provide DP&L customers with beautiful and utility-friendly trees they can plant around the Miami Valley.

The new deadline is Friday, October 23.

The Right Tree Right Place program encourages DP&L customers to consider the impact on the safety and reliability of electric service when making decisions regarding tree selection and placement.

Subdivisions, homeowner/neighborhood groups and groups of small businesses (annual receipts less than $750,000) may apply. The trees (one per residence or business) must be planted in publicly visible areas and comply with community restrictions. Applicants must be DP&L customers and own their property.

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