Green Tokai

Posted on June 15, 2016 at 2:48 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 2:49 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 2:50 pm

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 2:50 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 2:51 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 2:53 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.

To enter online or for more information, visit

DP&L’s Right Tree Right Place Program Boosts Operation 1000 Cherry Trees

Posted on October 8, 2015 at 2:53 pm

Dayton Power and Light (DP&L) is offering residential customers, neighborhoods and Tree City USA communities an opportunity to plant beautiful and utility-friendly trees through DP&L’s Right Tree Right Place program, which recently kicked off its fall campaign.

DP&L is also offering neighborhoods and groups of small businesses an opportunity to plant ornamental cherry trees through a partnership with the Operation 1000 Cherry Tree Project, an effort to thank Ohio for providing aid to Japan following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The deadline for neighborhoods to enter is Friday, October 9.

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. Planting smart with the utilities in mind prevents potential problems that could result in outages.

DP&L is giving away 150 utility-friendly trees through our participating partner nurseries – Angle’s Nursery (Bellefontaine), Knollwood Garden Center and Landscaping, North Dayton Garden Center, Siebenthaler’s Garden Centers (Beavercreek and Centerville) and Stockslager’s Greenhouse and Garden Center. The first 25 customers at each location Saturday, October 17 will take home a free utility-friendly tree.

“Dayton Power & Light is excited to work alongside our customers to enrich the beauty of our communities while ensuring the safety and reliability of your electric service,” said DP&L President and CEO Tom Raga. “One of our goals is to protect the environment, Right Tree Right Place is another way DP&L supports conservation efforts and improves the aesthetics of our tree canopies.”

Additionally, DP&L is offering two community environmental grants (each totaling $50,000) for Tree City USA communities to plant trees and enhance city parks or public areas. The deadline for applying for the community grants is January 31, 2016.

More information and applications for communities and neighborhoods are available at

National Museum of the US Air Force is at it again!

Posted on November 6, 2014 at 2:54 pm

In October of 2014, 50 more trees were planted at the Air Force Museum. They were added to the already planted 100 trees that were planted in April of 2013. These trees are planted along Springfield Street in Riverside, Ohio. Thank you to the Air Force Museum for planting these beautiful trees on the grounds. We are 50 Cherry Trees closer to our goal of 1000 Cherry Trees!!

October and November of 2013

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Three trees were planted at Silver Creek Estates, located in Centerville, Ohio. They were paid for by the Homeowner’s Association. A group of volunteers from the neighborhood gather to plant these trees. They were planted in the community for the whole neighborhood to enjoy.This was the start of the fall planning of Cherry Trees.

Over 100 Trees Planted at Wright Patterson Air Force Base

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 3:00 pm

On Sunday, April 14th, a host of volunteers planted more than 100 cherry trees in three locations around the grounds of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. Rows of cherry trees now adorn areas near the Springfield Street fence line; near the World War II 8th Air Force Control Tower and Nissen Huts; and south of the parking lot by Memorial Park.

Founder Alex Hara was joined by Operation 1000 Cherry Trees Honorary Chairman and former Ohio Governor Robert Taft plus dozens of members of the Japanese community who work at Japanese companies in Ohio and Michigan.

Speaking to WPAFB Skywriter journalist Amy Rollins, Former Governor Taft commented, “Mr. Hara has come up with a wonderful idea here. He has really put his heart and soul and effort into this program. It’s going to be a blessing for hundreds of years for the people of the Dayton Area.”

In response, Mr. Hara replied, “I’d like to see Dayton known for cherry trees, just like Washington D.C.”