100 Cyclists of the STIHL Tour des Trees Arrive in Seaside
WHAT: The STIHL Tour des Trees, a weeklong 500-mile cycling event held each year to benefit the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund), arrives in Tillamook on Monday, Aug. 6 to plant a tree in Tillamook’s Goodspeed Park.
Certified arborist and veteran Tour cyclist Warren Hoselton will also present a free educational program for young audiences, focusing on trees and photosynthesis. Children in the audience will be invited to help the Tour cyclists plant a tree in the park and will receive a copy of the book I Can Name 50 Trees Today! – a gift from the TREE Fund and Bartlett Tree Experts. Additional copies of the book have been donated to the Tillamook County libraries as part of the STIHL Tour des Trees educational outreach program. The Goodspeed Park event will conclude with photo opportunities with the Tour cyclists and refreshments provided by Tillamook County Creamery and other local merchants. Stimson Lumber Company, which has a mill in Tillamook, is an underwriter of the Tour’s visit to the community. The Tour will depart Goodspeed Park via Miller Avenue to view one of the area’s “significant trees,” a Weeping Elm at 314 Miller Avenue. From Tillamook, the riders will cycle to Grand Ronde.
WHO: The STIHL Tour des Trees cyclists come from across the U.S. and Canada each year to fundraise for the TREE Fund. With cyclists from professional backgrounds ranging from accountants to arborists who have a shared passion for trees and the environment, the Tour has now become America’s largest fundraiser for tree research.
WHEN & WHERE:
Monday, Aug. 6, 11:30 a.m.
Tree Planting/ Educational Event
Tillamook Goodspeed Park
3rd Street and Delmonte Avenue
For more information visit stihltourdestrees.org or contact Kate Lewis at 407.791.3883.
Sponsors of the 2012 STIHL Tour des Trees include STIHL Inc.; Bartlett Tree Experts; reTREEt America; Asplundh Tree Experts; International Society of Arboriculture; KASK Helmets; Tree Care Industry Association; The Davey Tree Expert Company; 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
For more information, visit www.treefund.org.
About STIHL Inc.
STIHL Inc. manufactures the number one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America,* 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 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), visit stihlusa.com or text your zip code to 78445.
*”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.
For information on job opportunities with STIHL Inc., please go to www.stihlcareers.com. STIHL is an EEO and drug-free work environment.