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Monday, November 28, 2011

STIHL Tour des Trees Raises Nearly Half a Million for Tree Research!

This year Sixty-five people from various backgrounds, careers, and interests, came together in October for the STIHL Tour des Trees, an annual cycling event that fundraises for the Tree Research and Education Endowment (TREE) Fund.

Photo Credit: David Hucker
By week’s end, the group had cycled more than 500 miles from Virginia Beach to Washington, D.C., taught elementary school children along the way about the value of trees, and raised more than $460,000 for tree research – a record-breaking amount for the TREE Fund!

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.

Each year, the STIHL Tour des Trees travels a different route through the country, and this year’s Tour featured tree plantings in Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello and the state Capitol grounds in Richmond and 65 miles of spectacular cycling along the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Photo Credit: Helen Steussy

The Tour also stopped at Columbia Elementary School in Palmyra, where the entire school turned out to help plant a new tree and learn about how trees grow from the Tour’s youth education specialist, “Professor Elwood Pricklethorn” (aka Warren Hoselton, veteran Tour rider and arborist from Toronto, Canada.)

Next year, the STIHL Tour des Trees takes on Oregon and will trek through high desert of Central Oregon to the craggy, foggy coast. Douglas firs, Mt. Hood and the spectacular Columbia Gorge.

To join or donate (donations can still be made to the TREE Fund!) visit the STIHL Tour des Trees website.

Photo Credit: Helen Steussy

As a leader in the outdoor power equipment industry we believe that it is our duty  to set the example in sustainability and continue to invest in innovative technologies, programs and partnerships as part of our ongoing commitment to socially responsible environmental stewardship.  The STIHL Tour des Trees is one such partnership and we are proud to be the title sponsor.