2011 STIHL Tour des Trees Raises More Than $460,000 For TREE Fund
More than $5 million raised through America’s Largest Fundraiser for Trees
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Virginia Beach, Va.–
from across North America took to Virginia’s scenic byways last week for the
2011 STIHL Tour des Trees to benefit the TREE Fund, America’s largest
fundraiser for tree research. This year’s Tour has already raised more than
$460,000 for the Tree Research and Education Endowment (TREE) Fund, and the
event’s legacy includes 45 new trees in
weeklong cycling event kicked off at the Virginia Aquarium and
“I am continually inspired by the dedication of the cyclists of the STIHL Tour des Trees,” said Janet Bornancin, executive director of the TREE Fund. “We’re fortunate to have a corps of cyclists who return to ride the Tour each year, and this year we welcomed 19 first-time riders to our ranks. They conquered some incredible hills this week, and raised a record-breaking amount of money for tree research despite a difficult economy. The STIHL Tour des Trees is the lifeblood of the TREE Fund, and the money raised each year funds the research that sustains our urban forests.”
Donations can still be made to the TREE Fund through the STIHL Tour des Trees website, www.stihltourdestrees.org, and photos from each of the events are available on the media page.
Since the Tour began in 1992, more than 970 riders have helped generate more than $5 million for tree research and education programs which have helped fund a host of different projects that have addressed disease and pest management, urban planting challenges, tree biomechanics and workforce safety.
TREE Fund supports
research that is vital to trees and those
who care for them,”
Anita Gambill of STIHL Inc., a leading manufacturer of outdoor power
equipment which has sponsored the Tour for 11 years. “We are pleased to work
with these tree care professionals and give back to our community by supporting
the research that helps ensure healthy trees for future generations.”
Sponsors of the 2011 STIHL Tour des Trees included STIHL Inc.; Bartlett Tree Experts; Asplundh Tree Experts; Dominion; KASK Helmets; The Davey Tree Expert Company; Arizona Public Service; Mid-Atlantic STIHL; National Grid;PG&E; PacifiCorp; Arborwell; Casey Trees; Ford Motor Co.; Lewis Tree Service; the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA); NGK Spark Plugs; West Coast Arborists Inc.; Lebanon Turf; Tech Tree Experts Inc.; Trees, Inc.; Valley Crest; Vermeer; Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center; and Wright Tree Service.
STIHL Inc. manufactures the number one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America for homeowners and professional landscapers*, 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. STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL dealers are for distribution in the
*"Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research (commercial landscapers) as well as independent consumer research of 2010 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.
is pleased to support the work of
Independent We Stand
Tree Research and
Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund)
International Society of Arboriculture (ISA
Tree Care Industry
Professional Landcare Network (PLANET)
American Tree Farm System (ATFS)
Hispanic Landscape Alliance and the
National Association of State Park Directors
About the TREE Fund:
The TREE Fund’s mission is to identify and fund projects and programs that advance knowledge in the field of arboriculture and urban forestry to benefit people, trees, and the environment.
The TREE Fund has supported research that has led to important developments in:
• 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 www.treefund.org.