Cycle 585 Miles through Wisconsin with the 2014 STIHL Tour des Trees
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(VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.) – Registration opens Jan. 7, 2014, for the STIHL Tour des Trees, an annual weeklong cycling event that travels hundreds of miles through a different region of North America each year. The event, which is America’s largest fundraiser for tree research, benefits the Tree Research & Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund). Every Tour includes tree plantings, educational programs and community engagement activities in addition to spectacular scenery, bucket-list cycling and a level of camaraderie that sets this ride apart from other charity fundraisers.
This year’s STIHL Tour des Trees will traverse Wisconsin from July 27-Aug. 2, 2014, and will include stops in Madison, Door County, Green Bay and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The University’s arboriculture and urban forestry curriculum is one of the nation’s best, and noted researcher (and TREE Fund grant recipient) Dr. Richard Hauer will be a featured speaker at dinner in Stevens Point. The Tour concludes Aug. 2 on the campus of Mount Mary University during the International Society of Arboriculture’s International Tree Climbing Championship. Featured in Forbes, the Huffington Post, and CNN, recent Tours have cycled through Canada, New York, Virginia and Oregon, educating the public about the importance of urban trees and planting dozens more along the way.
“Riding in the STIHL Tour des Trees gives me the opportunity to educate, inspire, and change communities across the U.S. It is an exciting week spent doing something for kids, trees and myself,” said Justin Espy, a field testing technician at STIHL Inc., certified arborist and two-time Tour rider. Cyclists come from a variety of professions and include arborists, educators, entrepreneurs, accountants and tree enthusiasts from all over the world.
Registration for the full Tour is limited to 100 cyclists and often sells out early. Each full-Tour cyclist commits to raising $3,500 for the TREE Fund, and the $100 registration fee includes lodging and meals as well as a custom apparel kit and full mechanical and rider support for the entire week. A partial-Tour registration option with a prorated fundraising requirement is also available.
Since 1992, the Tour has raised more than $6.6 million for tree research and education programs, making possible more than 400 TREE Fund research grants focused on arboriculture and urban forestry and the safety of the tree care workforce since 1976, along with scholarships for college students across the country.
Sponsors of the STIHL Tour des Trees include STIHL Inc.; TREE Fund
Crown Sponsor Bartlett
Tree Experts and The Davey Tree Expert Company;
TREE Fund Partners Arborjet;
Asplundh Tree Expert Co.;International Society of Arboriculture; KASK Helmets; and the Tree Care Industry Association;
Event Sponsors Tree Services Magazine; Arbor Age; Madison Gas & Electric; National Grid; Arizona Public Service; PacifiCorp; Lewis Tree Service; Unitil; Arborwell; Bandit Industries; Morbark, Inc.; Trees, Inc.;SavATree; Utility Arborist Association; West Coast Arborists Inc.; Anderson’s Tree Care; Ford Motor Company; Forestry Equipment of Virginia; Gamma Tree Experts LLC; Vermeer; Wright Tree Service, Inc.; and Workshop Creative Group.
About the TREE Fund:
The TREE Fund’s mission is to support sustainable communities and environmental stewardship by funding research, scholarships and education programs essential to the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge in the fields of arboriculture and urban forestry.
The TREE Fund has supported research that has led to important
• Understanding air pollution reduction and carbon sequestration by trees
• Determining the costs and benefits of urban trees
• Improving conditions for tree growth in difficult sites
• Strategies to manage diseases and pests that affect urban trees
For more information, visit http://www.treefund.org/.
About STIHL Inc.
STIHL Inc. manufactures the number one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America,* as well as the number one selling brand of chain saws in the world. STIHL products are sold through servicing power equipment retailers from coast to coast – not mass merchants. Located in Virginia Beach, Va., STIHL Inc., the headquarters for U.S. operations for the worldwide STIHL Group, exports to over 90 countries around the world; and the majority of STIHL products sold in America are also built in America.* STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL dealers are for distribution in the United States only. For more information or for the name of a local STIHL retailer, call toll free 1-800-GO STIHL (1-800-467-8445), visit stihlusa.com or text your zip code to 78445.
*A majority of STIHL powerheads are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components. “Number one selling brand” is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2013 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.
STIHL is also pleased to support the work of Independent We Stand, the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund), International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), National FFA, Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), the American Tree Farm System (ATFS), the National Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) and the National Association of State Park Directors.
For information on job opportunities with STIHL Inc., please go to http://www.stihlcareers.com/. STIHL is an EEO and drug-free work environment.
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