2013 Rider Gallery

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T V W Y Z
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Craig Allen

Craig Allen

Utility Arborist, National Grid

TEAM NATIONAL GRIDHometown: Toronto, CanadaWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?It's been a bucket list item for me ever since supporting the tour riders back in 2003 on their last trip through NY. The biking is great and I know the people on the tour are fantastic. The timing of this year's tour coming through upstate NY is very important to many of us local arborist as we know the funds raised will be important for research on such things as Emerald Ash Borer as just recently the eighth EAB site was recently identified in NY. The research work supported by the Tree Fund is extremely important to the future of our industry. Lastly, I've never owned anything Read More

TEAM NATIONAL GRID

Hometown: Toronto, Canada

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
It's been a bucket list item for me ever since supporting the tour riders back in 2003 on their last trip through NY. The biking is great and I know the people on the tour are fantastic. The timing of this year's tour coming through upstate NY is very important to many of us local arborist as we know the funds raised will be important for research on such things as Emerald Ash Borer as just recently the eighth EAB site was recently identified in NY. The research work supported by the Tree Fund is extremely important to the future of our industry. Lastly, I've never owned anything but a Stihl chainsaw - great machines!.

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Doug Anderson

Doug Anderson

Arborist, Anderson's Tree Care Specialists Inc.

TEAM WESTERN CHAPTERHometown: San Jose, CAWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?I love the Canadians who are such an integral part of organizing this years Tour. And…..trees are essential elements of our environment. They produce oxygen, store carbon, retain storm water, cool our cities (thereby reducing re-paving costs by tens of millions), and provide nourishment for the soul. They are irreplacable. They are part of the infrastructure in every community.

TEAM WESTERN CHAPTER

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I love the Canadians who are such an integral part of organizing this years Tour. And…..trees are essential elements of our environment. They produce oxygen, store carbon, retain storm water, cool our cities (thereby reducing re-paving costs by tens of millions), and provide nourishment for the soul. They are irreplacable. They are part of the infrastructure in every community.

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Tom Armstrong

Tom Armstrong

Arborist, Bartlett Tree Experts

TEAM MAC-ISA Hometown: Front Royal, VAWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?It allows me to spend a week with my tree family doing two things I truly love, riding my bike and preserving urban shade trees.

TEAM MAC-ISA

Hometown: Front Royal, VA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
It allows me to spend a week with my tree family doing two things I truly love, riding my bike and preserving urban shade trees.

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Kenny Askew

Kenny Askew

Contractor, Self-Employed

TEAM WESTERN CHAPTER Hometown: Friday Harbor, WAWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?For fun!

TEAM WESTERN CHAPTER

Hometown: Friday Harbor, WA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
For fun!

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Harry Banker

Harry Banker

Retired

TEAM JERZY BOYZ Hometown: Lavallette, NJWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?Hi-tech told me to

TEAM JERZY BOYZ

Hometown: Lavallette, NJ

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Hi-tech told me to

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Julia Bartens

Julia Bartens

Researcher in Urban Forestry, UC Davis

TEAM WESTERN CHAPTER Hometown: Bad Salzdetfurth, DEWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?Trees provide more than we can ask for and they receive comparably little support and appreciation. It's exciting to raise fund to help change this and doing this by riding my bike in great company and beautiful scenery is the icing on the cake. I thouroughly enjoyed my first tour last year and am looking forward to seeing the friends I have made and experiencing every aspect of this wonderful event. 

TEAM WESTERN CHAPTER

Hometown: Bad Salzdetfurth, DE

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Trees provide more than we can ask for and they receive comparably little support and appreciation. It's exciting to raise fund to help change this and doing this by riding my bike in great company and beautiful scenery is the icing on the cake. I thouroughly enjoyed my first tour last year and am looking forward to seeing the friends I have made and experiencing every aspect of this wonderful event. 

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Kristina Bezanson

Kristina Bezanson

Assistant Professor, Tidewater Community College

TEAM MAC-ISA Hometown: Virginia Beach, VAWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?This will be my third year riding to help raise awareness of the importance of trees and urban forestry and the connections trees have to make healthy communities for us to live in. I can’t imagine leaving my children a civilization to live in without trees. By supporting the Tree Fund to continue funding research and education about trees I hope we all can help make a difference.

TEAM MAC-ISA

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
This will be my third year riding to help raise awareness of the importance of trees and urban forestry and the connections trees have to make healthy communities for us to live in. I can’t imagine leaving my children a civilization to live in without trees. By supporting the Tree Fund to continue funding research and education about trees I hope we all can help make a difference.

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Brian Bishop

Brian Bishop

Bishop's Tree Service

TEAM WESTERN CHAPTERHometown: Encinitas, CAWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?Trees, people and bikes - my favorite things to spend a week with. People passionate about trees raising money for the fund which in small but incremental ways changes the way trees are cared for.

TEAM WESTERN CHAPTER

Hometown: Encinitas, CA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Trees, people and bikes - my favorite things to spend a week with. People passionate about trees raising money for the fund which in small but incremental ways changes the way trees are cared for.

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Janet Bornancin

Janet Bornancin

President/CEO, TREE Fund

FUNDRAISER FOR TEAM TREE FUNDHometown: Oswego, IL Why are you fundraising to support the STIHL Tour des Trees? I believe in the importance of science based tree care, educated arborists and informed consumers. The funds and awareness raised through this event will benefit us and future generations. Healthy trees are rooted in research and cared for by arborists and urban foresters. Healthy trees are part of the infrastructure of healthy communities.

FUNDRAISER FOR TEAM TREE FUND

Hometown: Oswego, IL

Why are you fundraising to support the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I believe in the importance of science based tree care, educated arborists and informed consumers. The funds and awareness raised through this event will benefit us and future generations. Healthy trees are rooted in research and cared for by arborists and urban foresters. Healthy trees are part of the infrastructure of healthy communities.

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Eric Bristol

Eric Bristol

Marketing Manager, Arborjet

TEAM NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER ISAHometown: Lexington, MAWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?I'm riding to represent Arborjet who saves trees by developing revolutionary tree injection products. I've worked at Arborjet for 9 years and I'm proud to announce Arborjet's contribution of over $25,000 to the TREE Fund this year. I also rode in the Tour des Trees in 2005 so I'm looking forward to another amazing experience.

TEAM NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER ISA

Hometown: Lexington, MA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I'm riding to represent Arborjet who saves trees by developing revolutionary tree injection products. I've worked at Arborjet for 9 years and I'm proud to announce Arborjet's contribution of over $25,000 to the TREE Fund this year. I also rode in the Tour des Trees in 2005 so I'm looking forward to another amazing experience.

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Lori Brockelbank

Lori Brockelbank

Consulting Arborist, FORECON Inc

Hometown: Sinclairville, NY Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? I am riding for my boys. They have inspired me to always reach for the stars and to achieve my goals. My biggest goal in life is to provide for them a world filled with trees so they can enjoy their beauty just as I have been privileged to do so. I have so much pride for my boys when they stop and take a moment to share their knowledge about trees with anyone who asks, and sometimes those that don't ask. I ride today so tomorrow the research can continue to make the world better for them and their children through trees.

Hometown: Sinclairville, NY

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I am riding for my boys. They have inspired me to always reach for the stars and to achieve my goals. My biggest goal in life is to provide for them a world filled with trees so they can enjoy their beauty just as I have been privileged to do so. I have so much pride for my boys when they stop and take a moment to share their knowledge about trees with anyone who asks, and sometimes those that don't ask. I ride today so tomorrow the research can continue to make the world better for them and their children through trees.

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Beth Buchanan

Beth Buchanan

Mostly retired, Davey Tree

TEAM OHIO Hometown: Mantua (Hiram Township), OH Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? We need to understand more about Trees and Urban Forests so we can take better care of these critical natural resources, That requires research; and research requires money! I and all the riders for Team Ohio are committed to raising funds for this important cause.

TEAM OHIO

Hometown: Mantua (Hiram Township), OH

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
We need to understand more about Trees and Urban Forests so we can take better care of these critical natural resources, That requires research; and research requires money! I and all the riders for Team Ohio are committed to raising funds for this important cause.

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Jeffrey Carney

Jeffrey Carney

Utility Forester, Liberty Utilities

TEAM NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER ISA Hometown: Enfield, NHWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?I ride the Stihl Tour des Trees for a variety of personal and professional reasons. This is my 10th tour so there is a reason I keep coming back. My job as a utility forester depends on research, emerging and cutting edge research, so I can manage urban and community forests in our service territory for safe and reliable delivery of electricity. I am also a Trustee of the TREE Fund and I put a lot of my free time into supporting the mission of the TREE Fund. Research that helps increase our knowledge, understanding and tools to manage these forests which are in need Read More

TEAM NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER ISA

Hometown: Enfield, NH

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I ride the Stihl Tour des Trees for a variety of personal and professional reasons. This is my 10th tour so there is a reason I keep coming back. My job as a utility forester depends on research, emerging and cutting edge research, so I can manage urban and community forests in our service territory for safe and reliable delivery of electricity. I am also a Trustee of the TREE Fund and I put a lot of my free time into supporting the mission of the TREE Fund. Research that helps increase our knowledge, understanding and tools to manage these forests which are in need of care. This goes far beyond the service territory.I live and work in. I also ride because it's a lot of fun. I couldn't think of a better to combine business with pleasure.

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Jonathan Carney

Jonathan Carney

Tree Planter, Casey Trees

TEAM MAC-ISAHometown: Silver Spring, MDWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?I love cycling, I also love everything about trees. This trip is the happiest marriage of those two things that I can think of!

TEAM MAC-ISA

Hometown: Silver Spring, MD

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I love cycling, I also love everything about trees. This trip is the happiest marriage of those two things that I can think of!

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Rod Cartier

Rod Cartier

Owner/Guide, Tombo Tours & Transportation

Hometown: Wrightsville Beach, NCWhy did you volunteer to support the STIHL Tour des Trees?Without trees, cycling would be a pretty hot endevor.

Hometown: Wrightsville Beach, NC

Why did you volunteer to support the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Without trees, cycling would be a pretty hot endevor.

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Mike Connick

Mike Connick

Tree Company Owner, Connick Tree Care

Hometown: Reigate Surrey, EnglandWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?It is a great event! I love trees and I love cycling.

Hometown: Reigate Surrey, England

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
It is a great event! I love trees and I love cycling.

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Doreen Crenshaw

Doreen Crenshaw

Accountant, The Broadbent Company

TEAM INDIANA Hometown: Indianapolis, IN Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? To help spread TREE love.

TEAM INDIANA

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
To help spread TREE love.

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Scott Davis

Scott Davis

Public Works Director, Miami Shores Village

TEAM FLORIDA Hometown: Miramar, FL Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? This will be my second tour. As a Certified Arborist and Municipal Specialist I appreciate all of the benefits of the Urban Forest. The Tree Fund is the perfect place for my fund raising dollars because they promote research and education for the trees that I love. The Tour des Trees is a great opportunity to ride with a great bunch of people and the scenery is just fantastic.

TEAM FLORIDA

Hometown: Miramar, FL

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
This will be my second tour. As a Certified Arborist and Municipal Specialist I appreciate all of the benefits of the Urban Forest. The Tree Fund is the perfect place for my fund raising dollars because they promote research and education for the trees that I love. The Tour des Trees is a great opportunity to ride with a great bunch of people and the scenery is just fantastic.

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Mary DiCarlo

Mary DiCarlo

Fund Development Specialist, TREE Fund

FUNDRAISER FOR TEAM TREE FUNDHometown: Glen Ellyn, IL Why are you fundraising to support the STIHL Tour des Trees? LIke any science, tree care poses new questions every day. There's no shortage of bright, dedicated scientists willing to tackle the problems. We're raising the money needed to put the researchers to work and to support the educators who will inspire the next generation of environmental scientists. And I can't wait to see Professor Pricklethorn's hometown!

FUNDRAISER FOR TEAM TREE FUND

Hometown: Glen Ellyn, IL

Why are you fundraising to support the STIHL Tour des Trees?
LIke any science, tree care poses new questions every day. There's no shortage of bright, dedicated scientists willing to tackle the problems. We're raising the money needed to put the researchers to work and to support the educators who will inspire the next generation of environmental scientists. And I can't wait to see Professor Pricklethorn's hometown!

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Aaron Dickinson

Aaron Dickinson

Arborist/ Territory Manager, Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements

TEAM NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER ISAHometown: Glastonbury, CTWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?A great cause and some of the greatest people on earth will be there!

TEAM NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER ISA

Hometown: Glastonbury, CT

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
A great cause and some of the greatest people on earth will be there!

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Duane Dickinson

Duane Dickinson

Utility Arborist, Green Mountain Power

TEAM NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER ISA Hometown: West Rutland, VTWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?I have been involved with raising funding for Tree research for almost 20 years. Understanding of Trees, how they grow and how they impact the environment and world around us is very important for future generations.

TEAM NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER ISA

Hometown: West Rutland, VT

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I have been involved with raising funding for Tree research for almost 20 years. Understanding of Trees, how they grow and how they impact the environment and world around us is very important for future generations.

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Hallie Dozier

Hallie Dozier

Associate Professor, LSU AgCenter

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LAWhy are you fundraising to support the STIHL Tour des Trees?I cannot find a better way to show my personal and professional passion for trees. And what better way to enjoy our world than on a bicycle? And I keep thinking that this year I will figure out which came first for me, the bike or the tree?

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA

Why are you fundraising to support the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I cannot find a better way to show my personal and professional passion for trees. And what better way to enjoy our world than on a bicycle? And I keep thinking that this year I will figure out which came first for me, the bike or the tree?

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Doug Drysdale

Doug Drysdale

Qualilty Assurance - Credit Card team, USBank

TEAM WISCONSIN Hometown: Wauwatosa, WI Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? Great way to draw attention to the importance of Tree care.  

TEAM WISCONSIN

Hometown: Wauwatosa, WI

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Great way to draw attention to the importance of Tree care.  

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Justin Espy

Justin Espy

Field Testing Technician, STIHL Inc.

TEAM STIHL Hometown: Virginia Beach, VAWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?Riding in the tour is an excellent way to give back to an industry in which I am so passionate about. I am also very lucky to be sharing this experience with my coworkers on Team STIHL and friends I have made from last year's tour.

TEAM STIHL

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Riding in the tour is an excellent way to give back to an industry in which I am so passionate about. I am also very lucky to be sharing this experience with my coworkers on Team STIHL and friends I have made from last year's tour.

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Jennifer Faraone

Jennifer Faraone

Author and Coach

TEAM CANADAHometown: Toronto, CanadaWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?Because it is a great way to combine my passion for cycling with my passion for nature. Growing up in small town that was dependent on the foresty industry, I gained a better appreciation for forestry renewal and sustainabilty. The tour is a great way to give back a little and to help raise awareness of the need to take care of the trees in our communities.

TEAM CANADA

Hometown: Toronto, Canada

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Because it is a great way to combine my passion for cycling with my passion for nature. Growing up in small town that was dependent on the foresty industry, I gained a better appreciation for forestry renewal and sustainabilty. The tour is a great way to give back a little and to help raise awareness of the need to take care of the trees in our communities.

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Kathleen Garrison

Kathleen Garrison

Program Manager, JP Morgan Chase

TEAM TEXASHometown: Pompano Beach, FL Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?Because I can! An incredible ride and a worthy cause - need I say more?

TEAM TEXAS

Hometown: Pompano Beach, FL

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Because I can! An incredible ride and a worthy cause - need I say more?

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Steve Geist

Steve Geist

Plant Pathologist, Swingle Lawn Tree and Landscape Care

TEAM SPOKESMEN FOR TREESHometown: Aurora, CO Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?Giving back to the tree care industry that has taken care of me for the past thirty years.

TEAM SPOKESMEN FOR TREES

Hometown: Aurora, CO

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Giving back to the tree care industry that has taken care of me for the past thirty years.

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Al Gilens

Al Gilens

Photographer/writer

Hometown: Gladwyne, PAWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? To celebrate trees and the fact that I can still pedal a bike in my 80th year     

Hometown: Gladwyne, PA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
To celebrate trees and the fact that I can still pedal a bike in my 80th year     

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Kathy Gilmour

Kathy Gilmour

Hometown: Sterling Heights, MIWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? The trees, the people, and cycling!

Hometown: Sterling Heights, MI

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
The trees, the people, and cycling!

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Phil Graham

Phil Graham

Utility Arborist, BC Hydro

TEAM CANADA Hometown: Vernon, BC Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? I first rode the Tour in 2003 as a bucket list item that combined my passion for riding and my passion for arboriculture. Now I'm hooked, and I look forward every year to the opportunity to raise more funds for TREE Research and to ride with some of the most amazing people I've ever met.

TEAM CANADA

Hometown: Vernon, BC

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I first rode the Tour in 2003 as a bucket list item that combined my passion for riding and my passion for arboriculture. Now I'm hooked, and I look forward every year to the opportunity to raise more funds for TREE Research and to ride with some of the most amazing people I've ever met.

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Chris Grant

Chris Grant

Arborist, City of Euclid

TEAM OHIOHometown: Mentor, OHWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?I am riding in the Tour des Trees to be a part of a great organization and raise awareness about the importance of trees.

TEAM OHIO

Hometown: Mentor, OH

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I am riding in the Tour des Trees to be a part of a great organization and raise awareness about the importance of trees.

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Andrew Hart

Andrew Hart

Community Tree Planter, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

TEAM INDIANAHometown: Indianapolis, INWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?Many people ask how we can make a difference in our lifetime toward creating a healthier home on this beautiful planet…more trees and bikes are two practical solutions, both of which I embrace. Your donation will support the TREE Fund's mission of funding research, scholarships and education programs in the fields of arboriculture and urban forestry. Check out the work that's being done at http://www.treefund.org.

TEAM INDIANA

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Many people ask how we can make a difference in our lifetime toward creating a healthier home on this beautiful planet…more trees and bikes are two practical solutions, both of which I embrace. Your donation will support the TREE Fund's mission of funding research, scholarships and education programs in the fields of arboriculture and urban forestry. Check out the work that's being done at http://www.treefund.org.

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John Harthoorn

John Harthoorn

Forester, Utility Lines Construction Services

TEAM HARTHOORNHometown: Watkins, IA Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?The cause is great! The ride is great! The people are great! And I like the challenge of raising the funds and doing the ride.

TEAM HARTHOORN

Hometown: Watkins, IA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
The cause is great! The ride is great! The people are great! And I like the challenge of raising the funds and doing the ride.

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Maggie Harthoorn

Maggie Harthoorn

Student, Iowa State University

TEAM HARTHOORN Hometown: Watkins, IA Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? I am a student in Forestry department at Iowa State. I had the privilege of being involved with both the 2010 and 2012 tours as a member of the support team. Throughout each tour I was inspired by the grit of the cyclists. Eventually I decided that I could not have the full “tour experience” without hopping on a bicycle myself. This year I hope to be a rider for a day while still being on the support team.   

TEAM HARTHOORN

Hometown: Watkins, IA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I am a student in Forestry department at Iowa State. I had the privilege of being involved with both the 2010 and 2012 tours as a member of the support team. Throughout each tour I was inspired by the grit of the cyclists. Eventually I decided that I could not have the full “tour experience” without hopping on a bicycle myself. This year I hope to be a rider for a day while still being on the support team.   

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Mark Hilliard

Mark Hilliard

Salesperson, Blue Mountain Equipment

TEAM STIHLHometown: Tyler, TX Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? It helps to provide funds for research into helping trees grow better, grow faster and live longer. Another BIG part of this trip is teaching school age kids something positive about trees. They learn about Carbon Dioxide and Oxygen in the process. Can you say Photosynthesis?? Way to go kids, way to go!!!  

TEAM STIHL

Hometown: Tyler, TX

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
It helps to provide funds for research into helping trees grow better, grow faster and live longer. Another BIG part of this trip is teaching school age kids something positive about trees. They learn about Carbon Dioxide and Oxygen in the process. Can you say Photosynthesis?? Way to go kids, way to go!!!

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Todd Hooker

Todd Hooker

Attorney, Laddey, Clark & Ryan, LLP

Hometown: Branchville, NJ Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?As a corporate and environmental lawyer that helps businesses navigate complex commercial, environmental, and regulatory challenges, I understand the importance of conservation, sustainability and the stewardship of our shared environment. I care about air pollution, clean water, and urban renewal, which is why I will ride in the 2013 STIHL Tour 
des Trees to benefit the TREE Fund. I believe that the research and education this ride supports are critical to the well-being of our communities and everyone who inhabits them.

Hometown: Branchville, NJ

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
As a corporate and environmental lawyer that helps businesses navigate complex commercial, environmental, and regulatory challenges, I understand the importance of conservation, sustainability and the stewardship of our shared environment. I care about air pollution, clean water, and urban renewal, which is why I will ride in the 2013 STIHL Tour 
des Trees to benefit the TREE Fund. I believe that the research and education this ride supports are critical to the well-being of our communities and everyone who inhabits them.

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Warren Hoselton

Warren Hoselton

Parks Supervisor, City of Toronto

TEAM CANADA Hometown: Toronto, ONWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?I am riding to help give back by infusing research, education, intelligence and professionalism into the tree care industry.

TEAM CANADA

Hometown: Toronto, ON

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I am riding to help give back by infusing research, education, intelligence and professionalism into the tree care industry.

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Alan G Howe

Alan G Howe

Pastor, Rome 1st United Methodist Church

TEAM NATIONAL GRID Hometown: Rome, NY Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?I am riding the Tour Des Trees because I have a friend Craig who is a tree guy and we want to ride it together. Trees are a magnificent creation of God and I want to honor and respect the good stewardship of God's creation.

TEAM NATIONAL GRID

Hometown: Rome, NY

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I am riding the Tour Des Trees because I have a friend Craig who is a tree guy and we want to ride it together. Trees are a magnificent creation of God and I want to honor and respect the good stewardship of God's creation.

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Scott Huffmaster

Scott Huffmaster

Vice President, Trees Inc.

TEAM WESTERN CHAPTERHometown: Yuba City, CAWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?For the last 15 years, the tree care industry has provided an inspiring place of employment for me, filled with unique opportunities and amazing people. I want to participate in the Tour des Trees to do my part to give back to an industry that has given so much to me and to spend time with others as we educate the public and bring awareness to the importance that trees play in the long term health and survival of our planet.

TEAM WESTERN CHAPTER

Hometown: Yuba City, CA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
For the last 15 years, the tree care industry has provided an inspiring place of employment for me, filled with unique opportunities and amazing people. I want to participate in the Tour des Trees to do my part to give back to an industry that has given so much to me and to spend time with others as we educate the public and bring awareness to the importance that trees play in the long term health and survival of our planet.

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Neil Irvin

Neil Irvin

Urban Forester/Bike messenger, Casey Trees

TEAM MAC-ISA Hometown: Casselberry, FLWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?To support Tree research and be an ambassador of Casey Trees.

TEAM MAC-ISA

Hometown: Casselberry, FL

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
To support Tree research and be an ambassador of Casey Trees.

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Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones

Utility Arborist / Sales, ACRT Inc.

TEAM OHIO Hometown: Akron, OHWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? Urban forests add value to their communities in a number of ways that are very tangible (besides aesthetics). The TREE Fund supports research that will improve the urban forest as well scholarships for students in the field. As an arborist, this is one of the best things I could ask people to support.

TEAM OHIO

Hometown: Akron, OH

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Urban forests add value to their communities in a number of ways that are very tangible (besides aesthetics). The TREE Fund supports research that will improve the urban forest as well scholarships for students in the field. As an arborist, this is one of the best things I could ask people to support.

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Chuck Kellen

Chuck Kellen

Field Testing Technician, STIHL, Inc.

TEAM STIHL Hometown: Virginia Beach, VAWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? It's all about the trees!

TEAM STIHL

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
It's all about the trees!

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Andy Kittsley

Andy Kittsley

Urban Forester, City of Orlando

TEAM FLORIDA Hometown: Clermont, FL Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?Tree research is critical to our urban forests. I ride - we all ride - to raise the money to help fund this research.

TEAM FLORIDA

Hometown: Clermont, FL

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Tree research is critical to our urban forests. I ride - we all ride - to raise the money to help fund this research.

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Amy Kraak

Amy Kraak

Sudent, Thomas Middle School

Hometown: Arlington Hts, ILWhy did you volunteer to support the STIHL Tour des Trees?I enjoyed working on the tour and with the people in 2010 and both of my parents are in the tree business so I was taught to appreciate trees and the benefits of them and I believe that everyone should be able to get a richer knowledge of trees and learn to to look at them in a similar perspective.

Hometown: Arlington Hts, IL

Why did you volunteer to support the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I enjoyed working on the tour and with the people in 2010 and both of my parents are in the tree business so I was taught to appreciate trees and the benefits of them and I believe that everyone should be able to get a richer knowledge of trees and learn to to look at them in a similar perspective.

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Thom Kraak

Thom Kraak

Arborist/Restaurant Owner and Chef, Davey Tree/Brussels Countryside Diner

Hometown: Brussels, WIWhy did you volunteer to support the STIHL Tour des Trees?I have been participated in 10 to 12 previous rides in some capacity. Also I have been working the tree world all my life. I love to bike, and I found this to be a perfect match. I enjoy the comradary of the ride, the people and the extended tree family.

Hometown: Brussels, WI

Why did you volunteer to support the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I have been participated in 10 to 12 previous rides in some capacity. Also I have been working the tree world all my life. I love to bike, and I found this to be a perfect match. I enjoy the comradary of the ride, the people and the extended tree family.

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Allen Lentz

Allen Lentz

Vice President, Lentzcaping Inc.

Hometown: Warminster, PAWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?Bike riding has opened a challenging chapter in my life. This acquired hobby sparked my interest in the STIHL Tour des Trees. As a co-owner of a professional Landscaping company, I have worked outside most of my life. Lentzcaping specializes in creating sustainable landscapes, pond ecosystems, and installs environmental matting to protect the land heavy equipment would otherwise damage. I understand through life experience the importance of preserving our forests and continually educating oneself and future generations of the vital importance of trees. Our life depends on maintaining, planting, and preventing disease in our woodlands. Urban renewal is the wave of the future in which I take a personal interest. Read More

Hometown: Warminster, PA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Bike riding has opened a challenging chapter in my life. This acquired hobby sparked my interest in the STIHL Tour des Trees. As a co-owner of a professional Landscaping company, I have worked outside most of my life. Lentzcaping specializes in creating sustainable landscapes, pond ecosystems, and installs environmental matting to protect the land heavy equipment would otherwise damage.

I understand through life experience the importance of preserving our forests and continually educating oneself and future generations of the vital importance of trees. Our life depends on maintaining, planting, and preventing disease in our woodlands. Urban renewal is the wave of the future in which I take a personal interest. I will ride in the 2013 STIHL Tour des Trees to help raise money and awareness for the TREE Fund, and will enjoy learning from the passionate people touring with me. I love biking!

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Joe Lentz

Joe Lentz

Vegetation Management, Arborchem Products

Hometown: Easton, PAWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? As an Arborist I believe the Tour des Trees is a great cause, as a cyclist, I believe this event promotes both mental and phyisical well being.

Hometown: Easton, PA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
As an Arborist I believe the Tour des Trees is a great cause, as a cyclist, I believe this event promotes both mental and phyisical well being.

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Sharon Lynn-Weese

Sharon Lynn-Weese

Administration Coordinator, Northumberland Family Respite Services Inc.

TEAM CANADA Hometown: Cobourg, ONWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?Because the money raised will help provide priceless benefits to the future of our trees which in turn benefits the future of mankind for generations to come. This years tour is very exciting for me because we'll be cycling around Lake Ontario which will take us right into my hometown where we'll participate in a parade entrance and have luch at Victoria Park!

TEAM CANADA

Hometown: Cobourg, ON

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Because the money raised will help provide priceless benefits to the future of our trees which in turn benefits the future of mankind for generations to come. This years tour is very exciting for me because we'll be cycling around Lake Ontario which will take us right into my hometown where we'll participate in a parade entrance and have luch at Victoria Park!

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Marian Makar

Marian Makar

Legal Assistant/Office Manager, Voorheis & Co. LLP

TEAM CANADA Hometown: Toronto, OntarioWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? I am excited to be celebrating my 10th year of riding in the Tour des Trees 2013. The great news is that a good portion of this year's ride is in Canada and it ends in my home town. I hope you will help me celebrate this epic event by helping me raise money for our trees, our landscape, our home. I will pedal my way around Lake Ontario for trees, friends, Team Canada and our landscape.

TEAM CANADA

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I am excited to be celebrating my 10th year of riding in the Tour des Trees 2013. The great news is that a good portion of this year's ride is in Canada and it ends in my home town. I hope you will help me celebrate this epic event by helping me raise money for our trees, our landscape, our home. I will pedal my way around Lake Ontario for trees, friends, Team Canada and our landscape.

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Dick Maloney

Dick Maloney

Arborist, Tamke Tree Experts

TEAM JERZY BOYZHometown: Cape May, NJWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?I love trees and bikes. Trees and bikes are the answer!!!!

TEAM JERZY BOYZ

Hometown: Cape May, NJ

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I love trees and bikes. Trees and bikes are the answer!!!!

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Laura McCormack

Laura McCormack

Arborist, Diamond Tree Care & Consulting

TEAM CANADAHometown: Brampton, ONWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?I am passionate about trees and want to support further research.

TEAM CANADA

Hometown: Brampton, ON

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I am passionate about trees and want to support further research.

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Jeff McMullen

Jeff McMullen

Manager, Denny Lumber Co

TEAM OHIOHometown: Middletown, OHWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?When I first joined ISA, about 6 years ago, I was excited to learn about the Tour des Trees. I remember thinking "Wow, how cool; a bike event to raise money for tree research!' This year, life finally came together so that I can ride. For me, the Tour des Trees ia an exciting combination of riding, supporting tree research, beautiful scenery, and a personal challenge to ride 585 miles in one week.

TEAM OHIO

Hometown: Middletown, OH

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
When I first joined ISA, about 6 years ago, I was excited to learn about the Tour des Trees. I remember thinking "Wow, how cool; a bike event to raise money for tree research!' This year, life finally came together so that I can ride. For me, the Tour des Trees ia an exciting combination of riding, supporting tree research, beautiful scenery, and a personal challenge to ride 585 miles in one week.

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Randy Miller

Randy Miller

Director of Vegetation Management, PacifiCorp

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? As Chair Elect, I think it is important to step up and do my part in actively advancing the TREE Fund's preeminent fund raising event.

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
As Chair Elect, I think it is important to step up and do my part in actively advancing the TREE Fund's preeminent fund raising event.

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Kendra Nash

Kendra Nash

Forestry Assistant, City of Boulder Forestry

TEAM SPOKESMEN FOR TREESHometown: Fort Collins, COWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?What a better way to accomplish several things at once! Not only are we on a quest to beautify our urban forests through research and education but we’re getting the opportunity to ride our bikes for a great cause, in a beautiful place. Every day I strive to educate others of all ages about the importance of trees and our urban forests as a Municipal Arborist. With that said, my name is Kendra… I speak for the trees (along with all of the other Tour riders!). I’m doubly excited about riding into Canada… I’ve never been out of the Country and here I get to cross Read More

TEAM SPOKESMEN FOR TREES

Hometown: Fort Collins, CO

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
What a better way to accomplish several things at once! Not only are we on a quest to beautify our urban forests through research and education but we’re getting the opportunity to ride our bikes for a great cause, in a beautiful place. Every day I strive to educate others of all ages about the importance of trees and our urban forests as a Municipal Arborist. With that said, my name is Kendra… I speak for the trees (along with all of the other Tour riders!). I’m doubly excited about riding into Canada… I’ve never been out of the Country and here I get to cross the borders on my bike, ALL for trees!

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Amy Neal

Amy Neal

Hometown: Glendale, AZWhy did you volunteer to support the STIHL Tour des Trees?To help spread the word about the amazing things the TREE Fund does.

Hometown: Glendale, AZ

Why did you volunteer to support the STIHL Tour des Trees?
To help spread the word about the amazing things the TREE Fund does.

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Michael Neal

Michael Neal

Manager of Forestry APS

Hometown: Glendale, AZWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?This will be my second full tour. The Oregon Tour was, to say the least, intense! This year promises to be all downhill compared to last year. The ride for me is all about the cause: rasing money for tree research and scholarships for the next generation of arborists. Plus I really want to ride with Randy Miller.

Hometown: Glendale, AZ

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
This will be my second full tour. The Oregon Tour was, to say the least, intense! This year promises to be all downhill compared to last year. The ride for me is all about the cause: rasing money for tree research and scholarships for the next generation of arborists. Plus I really want to ride with Randy Miller.

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Mary O'Connor

Mary O'Connor

Architect

TEAM OHIO Hometown: Akron, OH Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?This is my first ride. I signed up as soon as I heard of the Tour. I love EVERYTHING about it. Trees, first and foremost - in my New York neighborhood, I was responsible for getting street trees planted by the Parks Department and maintained street trees generally as a Certified Citizen Pruner. Secondly, love of cycling and the Great Lakes!

TEAM OHIO

Hometown: Akron, OH

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
This is my first ride. I signed up as soon as I heard of the Tour. I love EVERYTHING about it. Trees, first and foremost - in my New York neighborhood, I was responsible for getting street trees planted by the Parks Department and maintained street trees generally as a Certified Citizen Pruner. Secondly, love of cycling and the Great Lakes!

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Tom Ordway

Tom Ordway

Forester, Duke Energy

TEAM INDIANA Hometown: Indianapolis, IN Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? Love to ride for a great cause.

TEAM INDIANA

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Love to ride for a great cause.

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Steve Parker

Steve Parker

Superintendent of Operation, Howard County Highways

TEAM MAC-ISAHometown: Towson, MarylandWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH, NEED I SAY MORE!!

TEAM MAC-ISA

Hometown: Towson, Maryland

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH, NEED I SAY MORE!!

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Susan Paul

Susan Paul

Reference Librarian, Lorain County Community College

TEAM OHIO Hometown: Aurora, OH Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? I thoroughly enjoying riding to benefit tree research and I enjoy the Tour des Trees riders.

TEAM OHIO

Hometown: Aurora, OH

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I thoroughly enjoying riding to benefit tree research and I enjoy the Tour des Trees riders.

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Frazer Pehmoeller

Frazer Pehmoeller

Arborist, Bartlett Tree Experts

Hometown: Poughquag, NY Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? The Tree Fund is an important way for all professional in the Tree Care industry to give back to the next generation the knowledge and tools to be safe and scientifically accurate when maintaining preserving our nations trees

Hometown: Poughquag, NY

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
The Tree Fund is an important way for all professional in the Tree Care industry to give back to the next generation the knowledge and tools to be safe and scientifically accurate when maintaining preserving our nations trees

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Ward Peterson

Ward Peterson

Arborist, Davey Resource Group

TEAM OHIOHometown: Aurora, OHWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?Trees and Bikes make a great combination, I want to support both.

TEAM OHIO

Hometown: Aurora, OH

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Trees and Bikes make a great combination, I want to support both.

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Jeff Picher

Jeff Picher

Territory Manager, Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements

TEAM JERZY BOYZ Hometown: Branchville, NJ Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?  As a representative for Rainbow Scientific Advancements, I understand and support the need for research and the development of improved and safer products for the tree care industry. This will be my 5th year in the TDT and can’t wait to reunite with my fellow riders to explore new places and make new friends.

TEAM JERZY BOYZ

Hometown: Branchville, NJ

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
 As a representative for Rainbow Scientific Advancements, I understand and support the need for research and the development of improved and safer products for the tree care industry. This will be my 5th year in the TDT and can’t wait to reunite with my fellow riders to explore new places and make new friends.

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Colby Poplin

Colby Poplin

Bicycle Mechanic and Engineering Student, Charleston Bicycle Company

Hometown: Charleston, SCWhy did you volunteer to support the STIHL Tour des Trees?My friend Brian Parks had to withdraw from the tour because of unexpected complications at work. I am filling in for him as one of the mechanics. I am very passionate about cycling and the environment and I'm excited to do my part in helping such a great cause.

Hometown: Charleston, SC

Why did you volunteer to support the STIHL Tour des Trees?
My friend Brian Parks had to withdraw from the tour because of unexpected complications at work. I am filling in for him as one of the mechanics. I am very passionate about cycling and the environment and I'm excited to do my part in helping such a great cause.

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Professor Elwood Pricklethorn

Professor Elwood Pricklethorn

Certifiable Arborifessor

TEAM CANADA Hometown: Toronto, ON Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? To spread the word that the trees that we see are much more than just trees, you see.

TEAM CANADA

Hometown: Toronto, ON

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
To spread the word that the trees that we see are much more than just trees, you see.

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Bryan Redmond

Bryan Redmond

Master Scheduler, STIHL Inc.

TEAM STIHL Hometown: Virginia Beach, VAWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?"A man does not plant a tree for himself, he plants it for posterity." Alexander Smith, Scottish poet The best parts of our collective youth seem to be spent in or around trees, whether they be in a state forest or in a city park. I am proud to be a first-time rider for Team STIHL in the 2013 STIHL Tour des Trees, and look forward to riding with my fellow cyclists in raising money for the TREE Fund, with hopes that the research and education it provides will help maintain urban forests for future generations.

TEAM STIHL

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
"A man does not plant a tree for himself, he plants it for posterity." Alexander Smith, Scottish poet The best parts of our collective youth seem to be spent in or around trees, whether they be in a state forest or in a city park. I am proud to be a first-time rider for Team STIHL in the 2013 STIHL Tour des Trees, and look forward to riding with my fellow cyclists in raising money for the TREE Fund, with hopes that the research and education it provides will help maintain urban forests for future generations.

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Richard Reitz

Richard Reitz

Professor Ornamental Horticulture, College of Southern Nevada

TEAM WESTERN CHAPTER Hometown: Las Vegas, NV Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?As an arborist and educator I rely on the research supported by the TREE Fund to provide reliable sources of information. Riding is my opportunity to aid the Fund and the research I use.

TEAM WESTERN CHAPTER

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
As an arborist and educator I rely on the research supported by the TREE Fund to provide reliable sources of information. Riding is my opportunity to aid the Fund and the research I use.

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Dick Rideout

Dick Rideout

Urban Forestry Policy Advisor, Wisconsin DNR

TEAM WISCONSIN Hometown: Madison, WI Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? I love trees, I love cycling and I love cycling with Tree People - It's the perfect combination. This year's tour begins my second decade of riding to raise funds for urban tree research and education and to endow the Bob Skiera Memorial Fund. And I plan to continue to Ride On past 80, just like Al Gilens!

TEAM WISCONSIN

Hometown: Madison, WI

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I love trees, I love cycling and I love cycling with Tree People - It's the perfect combination. This year's tour begins my second decade of riding to raise funds for urban tree research and education and to endow the Bob Skiera Memorial Fund. And I plan to continue to Ride On past 80, just like Al Gilens!

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Ron Robinson

Ron Robinson

Manager, Chain Saw Clinic Ltd.

TEAM STIHLHometown: Toronto, ONWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? As a seller/dealer of Stihl products and the fact that the tour comes through my city this year it's only appropriate that I get involved. Due to my enjoyment of cycling I am really stoked to do this. I hope the collection of funds will allow me to do a couple of more days of this great tour to raise funds for trees and research. -pedal on!

TEAM STIHL

Hometown: Toronto, ON

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
As a seller/dealer of Stihl products and the fact that the tour comes through my city this year it's only appropriate that I get involved. Due to my enjoyment of cycling I am really stoked to do this. I hope the collection of funds will allow me to do a couple of more days of this great tour to raise funds for trees and research. -pedal on!

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Wendy Robinson

Wendy Robinson

City Planner, City of Bend

TEAM PNW-ISA Hometown: Bend, OR Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?Trees have always been a part of my life. My most memorable childhood memories are playing in the woods, climbing, hiding and discovering new trees. The tour is an opportunity to be part of the family tree riding and raising money for tree education and research so future generations of kids can have happy tree memories. Plus….I get to see Niagara Falls!

TEAM PNW-ISA

Hometown: Bend, OR

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Trees have always been a part of my life. My most memorable childhood memories are playing in the woods, climbing, hiding and discovering new trees. The tour is an opportunity to be part of the family tree riding and raising money for tree education and research so future generations of kids can have happy tree memories. Plus….I get to see Niagara Falls!

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Don Roppolo

Arborist, Davey Tree

Hometown: Pleasant Prarie, WIWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?I'm riding to give back to a great cause that I was fortunate enough to receive a grant from when I was in school. I want to do what I can to help others learn more and find new information to share with the profession especially information that can help save lives!

Hometown: Pleasant Prarie, WI

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I'm riding to give back to a great cause that I was fortunate enough to receive a grant from when I was in school. I want to do what I can to help others learn more and find new information to share with the profession especially information that can help save lives!

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Peter Roy

Peter Roy

Utility Manager, Lucas Tree Experts

TEAM NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER ISA Hometown: S. Paris, ME Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? To support the TREE Fund and to educate people along the way about trees. What better way to spend a week riding your bike and raising money for a great cause.

TEAM NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER ISA

Hometown: S. Paris, ME

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
To support the TREE Fund and to educate people along the way about trees. What better way to spend a week riding your bike and raising money for a great cause.

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Ben Sayers

Ben Sayers

CEO, VoIP Supply

Hometown: East Amherst, NYWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? Riding with my father, the Tree Doctor, in support of the cause.

Hometown: East Amherst, NY

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Riding with my father, the Tree Doctor, in support of the cause.

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Brian Sayers

Brian Sayers

Arborist, Self-employed

Hometown: Kingston, ONWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? For the experience.

Hometown: Kingston, ON

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
For the experience.

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Paul Sellers

Paul Sellers

Senior Arborist, NSTAR

TEAM NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER ISA Hometown: West Falmouth, MAWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?This has been a great challenge, both physically and professionally. It's provided me with an opportunity to ride with great people and spread the word of arboriculture!

TEAM NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER ISA

Hometown: West Falmouth, MA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
This has been a great challenge, both physically and professionally. It's provided me with an opportunity to ride with great people and spread the word of arboriculture!

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Melanie Sherrod

Melanie Sherrod

Pediatric Physical Therapist, Therapy.Works LLC

Hometown: Kingston, TNWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?My sister, Beth Buchanan, has been a 'tree person' all her life. We both acquired our appreciation of trees from our parents after planting what seemed like hundreds of white pine seedlings on our property when we were young. This will be my second Tour des Trees to help raise funds for urban tree research and education. I look forward to spending a week cycling with Beth, meeting new friends and being the first to depart and the last to finish each day!

Hometown: Kingston, TN

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
My sister, Beth Buchanan, has been a 'tree person' all her life. We both acquired our appreciation of trees from our parents after planting what seemed like hundreds of white pine seedlings on our property when we were young. This will be my second Tour des Trees to help raise funds for urban tree research and education. I look forward to spending a week cycling with Beth, meeting new friends and being the first to depart and the last to finish each day!

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Mike Skivington

Mike Skivington

Retired Arborist, Lewis Tree Service

Hometown: Scottsville, NYWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?I'm riding on behalf of Lewis Tree Service to support and promote The TREE Fund.

Hometown: Scottsville, NY

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I'm riding on behalf of Lewis Tree Service to support and promote The TREE Fund.

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Laurie Skul

Laurie Skul

Senior Financial Analyst, The Davey Tree Expert Company

TEAM OHIO Hometown: Canton, OHWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?After taking a 20 year break from riding, I got back on the bike last year and rode my first century in September. In November of 2012, the stars aligned and I landed a job at The Davey Tree Expert Company – a company I have been trying to get into for about a decade! I learned of the Tour des Trees after reading an article about it in the Davey Bulletin in the November/December issue. I am THRILLED that I can use my renewed love for cycling to support tree research projects and educational programs. I considered waiting one more year to do this ride, as I Read More

TEAM OHIO

Hometown: Canton, OH

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
After taking a 20 year break from riding, I got back on the bike last year and rode my first century in September. In November of 2012, the stars aligned and I landed a job at The Davey Tree Expert Company – a company I have been trying to get into for about a decade! I learned of the Tour des Trees after reading an article about it in the Davey Bulletin in the November/December issue. I am THRILLED that I can use my renewed love for cycling to support tree research projects and educational programs. I considered waiting one more year to do this ride, as I am still riding my circa 1986 Fuji and I won’t be able to upgrade for another year. However, after learning about this year’s ride – I decided that I could not WAIT! Therefore, I will be the rider going “old school!” No carbon fiber, no index shifting – I can’t WAIT for the experience!

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Pete Smith

Pete Smith

Urban Forester, Texas A&M Forest Service

TEAM TEXASHometown: Bryan, TXWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?The Tour Des Trees is a great way to reach my professional and personal goals: to raise awareness of the value of trees and the need for tree research while touring a new part of the world on my bike!

TEAM TEXAS

Hometown: Bryan, TX

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
The Tour Des Trees is a great way to reach my professional and personal goals: to raise awareness of the value of trees and the need for tree research while touring a new part of the world on my bike!

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Thomas Sonnenkalb

Engineer, Andreas STIHL AG & Co. KG

TEAM STIHL Hometown: Ludwigsburg, DE Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? I'm a member from international STIHL team and will be the first German at the team. I work as a development engineer for brush cutters and will help to save the trees for the future. Second, I like to cycle long distances with international friends.

TEAM STIHL

Hometown: Ludwigsburg, DE

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I'm a member from international STIHL team and will be the first German at the team. I work as a development engineer for brush cutters and will help to save the trees for the future. Second, I like to cycle long distances with international friends.

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Bill Spiewak

Bill Spiewak

Consulting Arborist, Bill Spiewak & Associates Consulting Arborists

Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? After returning last year, after six years of rest, I recalled the incredible experience of the Tour des Trees. People across the country are charged up by trees and we get the opportunity to bring our energy to them and their communities, places that I have never seen. The camaraderie of the riders, the fitness challenge, the back roads tour of a small section of our country, and the inspiring benefit to trees, make this an extraordinary event; One that I do not want to miss, provided I am up for the challenge...and I am.

Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
After returning last year, after six years of rest, I recalled the incredible experience of the Tour des Trees. People across the country are charged up by trees and we get the opportunity to bring our energy to them and their communities, places that I have never seen. The camaraderie of the riders, the fitness challenge, the back roads tour of a small section of our country, and the inspiring benefit to trees, make this an extraordinary event; One that I do not want to miss, provided I am up for the challenge...and I am.

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Bob Squibb

Bob Squibb

Arborist, Western Tree Servce

Hometown: Alpine, CAWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?To raise money for arborculture programs. I also enjoy meeting people and talking about trees. I also enjoy seeing different parts of the Country on my bicycle.

Hometown: Alpine, CA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
To raise money for arborculture programs. I also enjoy meeting people and talking about trees. I also enjoy seeing different parts of the Country on my bicycle.

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Dave Staats

Dave Staats

Supervisor Parks & Forestry, City Of Upper Arlington

TEAM OHIO Hometown: Columbus, OHWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?I rode last year for the first time. It was a great experience. Sharing our knowledge, planting trees and riding bikes. What could be better.

TEAM OHIO

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I rode last year for the first time. It was a great experience. Sharing our knowledge, planting trees and riding bikes. What could be better.

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Julie Stachecki

Julie Stachecki

Arboriculture/Horticulture/Turfgrass Management Consultant, Site Specific Inc.

Hometown: Howell, MIWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?Every day I see the dire need for improved education and practical solutions relating to tree care. TheTREE Fund addresses these needs. So, my participation in the Tour des Trees advances the cause and allows me to combine my passion for cycling and trees! I'm also riding the Tour for the physical challenge and the chance to meet other tree industry enthusiasts.

Hometown: Howell, MI

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Every day I see the dire need for improved education and practical solutions relating to tree care. TheTREE Fund addresses these needs. So, my participation in the Tour des Trees advances the cause and allows me to combine my passion for cycling and trees! I'm also riding the Tour for the physical challenge and the chance to meet other tree industry enthusiasts.

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Diane Tabler

Diane Tabler

Title Abstractor

TEAM SOUTHERN CHAPTERHometown: Shreveport, LAWhy did you volunteer to support the STIHL Tour des Trees?I learned about it from my husband and he rode last year. I'm not a rider but found out there was a way for me to be part of the event. So excited I will be there to support my husband and all the other riders.

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Hometown: Shreveport, LA

Why did you volunteer to support the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I learned about it from my husband and he rode last year. I'm not a rider but found out there was a way for me to be part of the event. So excited I will be there to support my husband and all the other riders.

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Steve Tabler

Steve Tabler

Respiratory Therapist, Willis Knighton Medical Center

Hometown: Shreveport, LA Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? I came on the Tour des Trees last year because I had had a blast riding bikes with folks who were going. This year I'm also going because I found out that the TREE Fund does a lot of good in the country. Although not in the tree business myself, rubbing shoulders with such a great bunch of arborists has instilled a love of nature and conservation. So there you go.

Hometown: Shreveport, LA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I came on the Tour des Trees last year because I had had a blast riding bikes with folks who were going. This year I'm also going because I found out that the TREE Fund does a lot of good in the country. Although not in the tree business myself, rubbing shoulders with such a great bunch of arborists has instilled a love of nature and conservation. So there you go.

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Carrie Tauscher

Carrie Tauscher

Acting Urban Frestry Coordinator, Indiana Department of Natural Resources

TEAM INDIANA Hometown: Pulaski, WIWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?I started cycling about a year ago. After completing my first centiry ride Fall 2012 I have made it my goal to ride the Tour Des Trees. There are so many people in my field who I greatly respect that ride this ride. I cannot wate to ride with Team Indiana and my past professor from Iowa State University Dr. Jeff Iles!!! I am also excited to meet Dick Ridout from my home state of Wisconsin, and all the fantastic people from across the country that I have learned from and will be riding with. Trees mean so many different things to so many different people. They make Read More

TEAM INDIANA

Hometown: Pulaski, WI

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I started cycling about a year ago. After completing my first centiry ride Fall 2012 I have made it my goal to ride the Tour Des Trees. There are so many people in my field who I greatly respect that ride this ride. I cannot wate to ride with Team Indiana and my past professor from Iowa State University Dr. Jeff Iles!!! I am also excited to meet Dick Ridout from my home state of Wisconsin, and all the fantastic people from across the country that I have learned from and will be riding with. Trees mean so many different things to so many different people. They make me happy, take my breath away, and remind me that there are super heroes that don't ever leave the ground. This is my chance to pay them back!

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Sue Throop

Sue Throop

Veterinary Receptionist, Pine Ridge Veterinary Clinic

TEAM CANADA Hometown: Cobourg, ON Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?"Trees are the lungs of the earth." Ride my bike, spread the word. Plant some trees, spread the love! That and the fact that the tour will ride through my hometown made it a done deal.

TEAM CANADA

Hometown: Cobourg, ON

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
"Trees are the lungs of the earth." Ride my bike, spread the word. Plant some trees, spread the love! That and the fact that the tour will ride through my hometown made it a done deal.

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Robert Tinney

Robert Tinney

Certified Arborist, Tindall Tree Service

TEAM CANADAHometown: Gores Landing, ONWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?The Good Lord has blessed me with a love for an industry that has treated myself and my family very well for over 20 years. I see this as an opportunity to pay it forward. I thought since we were riding around Lake Ontario this life jacket might come in handy.

TEAM CANADA

Hometown: Gores Landing, ON

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
The Good Lord has blessed me with a love for an industry that has treated myself and my family very well for over 20 years. I see this as an opportunity to pay it forward. I thought since we were riding around Lake Ontario this life jacket might come in handy.

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Dominic Trudeau

Dominic Trudeau

Product Demonstrator, Stihl Limited

Hometown: Sarnia Ontario, CanadaWhy did you volunteer to support the STIHL Tour des Trees?Doing my part to help.

Hometown: Sarnia Ontario, Canada

Why did you volunteer to support the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Doing my part to help.

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Sam Van Maanen

Sam Van Maanen

Strategic Account Manager, Vermeer Corporation

Hometown: Pella, IAWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?It's a great cause and it's a great time...

Hometown: Pella, IA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
It's a great cause and it's a great time...

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Craig Walker

Craig Walker

Territory Sales Manager, Bryan Equipment Sales (STIHL Distributor)

TEAM STIHL Hometown: Columbus, INWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?For the Love of Trees! Simply helping raise funding for responsible and life changing tree research!

TEAM STIHL

Hometown: Columbus, IN

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
For the Love of Trees! Simply helping raise funding for responsible and life changing tree research!

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Rex B. Webber

Rex B. Webber

Arborist, Bradley Tree & Landscaping Inc

Hometown: Holland, NYWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?I have a real love for trees and bicycling. My desire is to see the furtherance of tree research and a prospering tree community. What better way to help raise money for this than on my bike especially since my daughter will be riding also.

Hometown: Holland, NY

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I have a real love for trees and bicycling. My desire is to see the furtherance of tree research and a prospering tree community. What better way to help raise money for this than on my bike especially since my daughter will be riding also.

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Derrick Wells

Derrick Wells

Arborist Representative, Bartlett Tree Experts

Hometown: Hampton, SCWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?Another week of cycling big miles with gear heads and tree huggers? I just don't have it in me to say no!

Hometown: Hampton, SC

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
Another week of cycling big miles with gear heads and tree huggers? I just don't have it in me to say no!

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Stephen Whitbread

Stephen Whitbread

Forestry Crewperson / Arborist, Town of Whitby

TEAM CANADA Hometown: Oshawa, ONWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?I am riding the Tour des Trees to increase the awareness of the importance of trees. Most people view trees as just landscape essentials when really they contribute so much more. I will enjoy cycling 919kms, teaching, learning and meeting new people. Thank you to the T.R.E.E. Fund and the Canadian T.R.E.E. Fund for aiding in research. Thank you to all riders for your fundraising. Thank you to the researchers for studying and sharing your findings AND A SPECIAL THANKYOU to all who recognized the importance to DONATE. We all enjoy the benefits of T.R.E.E.s even though we don’t know all of them.

TEAM CANADA

Hometown: Oshawa, ON

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I am riding the Tour des Trees to increase the awareness of the importance of trees. Most people view trees as just landscape essentials when really they contribute so much more. I will enjoy cycling 919kms, teaching, learning and meeting new people. Thank you to the T.R.E.E. Fund and the Canadian T.R.E.E. Fund for aiding in research. Thank you to all riders for your fundraising. Thank you to the researchers for studying and sharing your findings AND A SPECIAL THANKYOU to all who recognized the importance to DONATE. We all enjoy the benefits of T.R.E.E.s even though we don’t know all of them.

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Kristin Wild

Kristin Wild

Corporate Communications, Asplundh Tree Expert Co.

Hometown: Lansdale, PAWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?I believe in supporting the TREE Fund's mission and if I can be away from my computer for a week, exploring some of North America's back roads and communities with my tree-loving, cycling buddies, all the better! The Tour is also a personal fitness challenge that I look forward to each year!

Hometown: Lansdale, PA

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
I believe in supporting the TREE Fund's mission and if I can be away from my computer for a week, exploring some of North America's back roads and communities with my tree-loving, cycling buddies, all the better! The Tour is also a personal fitness challenge that I look forward to each year!

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John Wilson

John Wilson

Logistic Coordinator, York University

TEAM CANADAHometown: Aurora, ONWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?3 Cs: the Challenge, the Camaraderie, The Cause.

TEAM CANADA

Hometown: Aurora, ON

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
3 Cs: the Challenge, the Camaraderie, The Cause.

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Paul Wood

Paul Wood

Black Bear Adventures

Tour Director: STIHL Tour des Trees Hometown: Isle of Palms, SC

Tour Director: STIHL Tour des Trees

Hometown: Isle of Palms, SC

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Jacob Young

Jacob Young

District Manager, The Davey Tree Expert Company

Hometown: Honeoye Falls, NYWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? The trees we care for shade our homes, clean our air, preserve water and replenish the soil. We are deeply indebted to the the urban forest. I am honored to represent the Davey Tree Expert Company in the Tour de Trees as we raise money to preserve that which so graciously gives to us on a daily basis.

Hometown: Honeoye Falls, NY

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
The trees we care for shade our homes, clean our air, preserve water and replenish the soil. We are deeply indebted to the the urban forest. I am honored to represent the Davey Tree Expert Company in the Tour de Trees as we raise money to preserve that which so graciously gives to us on a daily basis.

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Deanna Zoerb

Deanna Zoerb

Hairstylist, Cielo Salon

Hometown: Holland, NYWhy are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees? My father and I rode in the Tour 3 years ago and I couldn’t wait until I was able to do it again!! It is a wonderful experience with great people for a great cause!! I cant wait to do it again!

Hometown: Holland, NY

Why are you riding the STIHL Tour des Trees?
My father and I rode in the Tour 3 years ago and I couldn’t wait until I was able to do it again!! It is a wonderful experience with great people for a great cause!! I cant wait to do it again!

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