America's largest fundraiser for tree research, the STIHL Tour des Trees to benefit the TREE Fund, has opened registration for its 2013 Tour, which will travel through the U.S. and Canada July 28 to August 3, 2013. The weeklong event will include tree plantings, educational programs and community engagement activities in addition to a week of unforgettable cycling and camaraderie.
Featured in the Huffington Post, CNN, and Forbes, the STIHL Tour des Trees unites tree and cycling enthusiasts to raise funds for tree research and education while cycling 500 miles, educating the public about the needs of urban trees and planting dozens more along the way. Cyclists will travel a 500-plus mile route originating in Niagara Falls, circling Lake Ontario through upstate New York and arriving in Toronto a week later. The cyclists will stop in Rochester, Syracuse and Watertown, N.Y., and then head westward through Ontario via scenic Prince Edward County, Trenton and Oshawa to their final destination at Toronto Island.
"This event is one of the highlights of my year and I'm thrilled to welcome the Tour to Canada," said cyclist James Urbanowsky of Team Canada, who logged his fourth Tour in 2012. "It's an opportunity to take a break from the rigors of daily life and get out and see the world from a bike. All the meals, a scenic route, and interesting side trips, are well planned by the TREE Fund. You just have to wake up each day and enjoy the ride."
Each cyclist on the full Tour commits to raising $3,500 for the Tree Research & Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund). 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. More information about registration is at www.stihltourdestrees.org
Since 1992, the Tour has raised more than $5.6 million for tree research and education programs. The TREE Fund has funded more than 400 research grants focused on arboriculture and urban forestry and the safety of the tree care workforce since 1976; the organization also awards scholarships to college students each year.
Sponsors of STIHL Tour des Trees include STIHL, Inc.; Bartlett Tree Experts; Asplundh Tree Expert Co.; International Society of Arboriculture; KASK Helmets; Tree Care Industry Association; Arborjet; The Davey Tree Expert Company; Tree Services; Arizona Public Service; National Grid; Pacific Gas & Electric; PacifiCorp; Arborwell; Forestry Equipment of Virginia; Lewis Tree Service; NGK Spark Plugs; Trees, Inc.; Unitil; Utility Arborist Association; West Coast Arborists, Inc.; Eco-Bond; Ford Motor Company; Pogo Organics; Tech Tree Experts, Inc.; TREE Fund Board of Trustees; Vermeer; Washington Forestry Consultants, Inc. and Wright Tree Service, Inc.
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 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