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STIHL Sends Fourteen Students to National Association of State Park Directors Leadership School

STIHL continues supportof educational program as gold-level sponsor
Release Date: 1/31/2012

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(WHEELING, W.Va.) – The Oglebay National Training Center in West Virginia recently hosted 77 students as part of its annual National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) Leadership School. The two-year training program, which educates future leaders of state parks through a combination of distance and on-site education, is funded in part by gold-level sponsor, STIHL Inc.
By providing travel funds to offset expenses of attending on-site leadership school events, STIHL was able to help send 14 students to the Leadership School. STIHL has been a sponsor of NASPD since 2009 and also sponsors the NASPD annual conference.
“STIHL recognizes the importance and the need for educational support, and the National Association of State Park Directors does a great job of providing this for their leaders,” said Roger Phelps, promotional communications manager for STIHL Inc. “It is crucial that we assist where we can to make it possible for participants to have this opportunity and earn further education and training to better serve their state park.” 
“STIHL’s involvement in the Leadership School is more than a sponsorship, rather a commitment and relationship with leaders of America’s State Parks that reflect both organizations’ commitment to the stewardship of America’s natural and cultural resources and service to our visitors and customers,” said Phil Gaines, chair of the board of Regents State Park Leadership School. “It seems appropriate that STIHL be involved in our Leadership School as STIHL continues to lead through invention and innovation. America’s State Parks are proud of this partnership and appreciate STIHL’s continued commitment to America’s State Parks.”
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About STIHL Inc.
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 chainsaws 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 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) or visit the dealer locator on the STIHL website at
*"Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research (commercial landscapers) as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2011 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 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), and the National Association of State Park Directors.
About The National Association of State Park Directors
The National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) is devoted to helping state park systems effectively manage and administer their state park system. The mission of the Association is to promote and advance the state park systems of America for their own significance, as well as for their important contributions to the nation's environment, heritage, health and economy.


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