STIHL Plants Trees and Raises Money for Oregon State Parks

STIHL shows gratitude to the host state of the 25th anniversary of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series by giving back to its state parks
Release Date: 6/28/2010
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Virginia Beach, Va. (June 28, 2010) – STIHL Inc., creator and owner of the premier lumberjack sports event, the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series presented by Carhartt, launched a promotion throughout the state of Oregon where STIHL will donate $5 for the sale of every piece of serialized STIHL equipment, up to $20,000, to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The promotion, which runs through July, is STIHL’s way of showing appreciation to the host state of the 25th anniversary STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series at the Oregon State Fair Aug. 27-29.

“We’re honored to team up with America’s State Parks and Oregon Parks and Recreation to further support and preserve our nation’s forests, parks and recreational areas,” said Roger Phelps, promotional communications manager, STIHL Inc. “As a long-term proponent of responsible forest management, this opportunity allows STIHL to extend our many environmental stewardship efforts.”

The money raised during the promotion will provide the Oregon Parks and Recreation funding for beautification projects, and support initiatives such as the Let’s Go Camping program, providing extra gear, hands-on nature lessons and hiking to help America’s youth re-discover the great outdoors. Later this year ,STIHL will work with Oregon State Parks to plant 250 trees in Oregon parks during the peak tree-planting season.

“We are very thankful for STIHL’s support,” said Tim Wood, director of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. “It is very exciting to get to host this special 25th anniversary event with the world’s best lumberjacks and the ESPN2 cameras kicking off opening weekend of the Oregon State Fair.”

The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series’ quarterfinals, semifinals, U.S. Championship and Collegiate Championship will take place during the fair’s opening weekend. The Series features the world’s best lumberjacks and jills in the ultimate tests of strength, endurance, stamina, tool skill and agility. Thirty-two chopper/sawyers, six collegiate competitors, eight boom runners and eight speed climbers will converge chop, saw, climb, and run their way in to the record books, and celebrate the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series tradition during its silver anniversary festivities in front of ESPN2 cameras.

As a leader in the outdoor power equipment industry, STIHL leads by example in sustainability and continues to invest in innovative technologies, programs and partnerships as part of their ongoing commitment to socially responsible environmental stewardship. STIHL teams with numerous agencies and organizations that encourage the responsible use of natural resources, promote sustainable growth woodlands and support the continuing education of our future farmers and agribusiness professionals. STIHL supports the work of 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), and the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD).

Get the latest information and up-to-date news and video on all the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series competitions by going to www.ESPNOutdoors.com and clicking on TIMBERSPORTS, or visit www.stihltimbersports.com . Access behind-the-scenes video at http://www.youtube.com/user/STIHLTIMBERSPORTSfan.

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About STIHL Inc.
STIHL Inc. manufactures the world's largest selling brand of chain saws and produces a full line of powerful, lightweight, and versatile handheld outdoor power equipment for homeowners and professional users. STIHL products are sold through independent servicing power equipment retailers from coast to coast – not mass merchants. STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL dealers are for distribution in the United States only. For more information or for the name of the closest STIHL retailer call toll free 1-800-GO STIHL (1-800-467-8445) or visit STIHL's Web site at
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STIHL Inc. is the official underwriting sponsor of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series. The series airs throughout the year on the ESPN2 cable network, and the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Collegiate Series airs on ESPNU. The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® SERIES is the pinnacle event in lumberjack sports. Since 1985 the Series has grown to become the premier showcase of the decades old sport of lumberjacking with competitions held around the world.

The term TIMBERSPORTS® is a registered trademark owned by ANDREAS STIHL AG & Co. KG. and refers to the series of disciplines and competitions that are part of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series. As such, it should not be used as a generic description of the overall sport of lumberjack sports. This trademark refers to all modifications of the term TIMBERSPORTS such as timber sports, or timbersport. The term TIMBERSPORTS should always appear in conjunction with "STIHL."

About Carhartt, Inc.
Established in 1889, Carhartt, Inc. exists to provide best-in-class, durable products for the active worker. Carhartt is a family owned, consumer focused, global company that is respectful of its heritage. We lead the way in developing durable, premium, high quality products and services for workers on and off the job. Headquartered in Dearborn, Mich., with more than 4,500 employees worldwide, Carhartt is privately owned and managed by the descendants of the company’s founder, Hamilton Carhartt. For more information, visit
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About Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department manages more than 200 state parks and the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center, plus programs for Oregon’s ocean shores, scenic waterways, the Willamette River Greenway and recreation trails. The department provides grants to local governments, and oversees state heritage preservation efforts through the State Historic Preservation Office, Oregon Heritage Commission and Oregon Commission for Historic Cemeteries.