Cyclists Prepare for 610-mile Adventure through the Carolinas to Promote Tree Health

Nearly 100 riders participate in STIHL Tour des Trees to benefit TREE Fund

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Nearly 100 riders from across the country will cycle in the 24th annual STIHL Tour des Trees cycling event Oct. 9 – 15, 2016 kicking off in Charlotte, N.C. The Tour is America’s largest fundraiser for tree research, and participants have committed to ride over 600 miles and raise $3,500 (or more) for the Tree Research & Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund).

“We are honored to support the STIHL Tour des Trees and the admirable work of the TREE Fund,” said Roger Phelps, corporate communications manager at STIHL Inc. “The devotion and dedication that both the TREE Fund and the Tour riders show to the health of our urban canopies is inspiring and shows their commitment to the future of the tree care community.”

Cyclists come from all walks of life, but are united by their enthusiasm for trees, their sense of adventure and the friendships they share with fellow Tour riders. This year, Tour riders come from across the country with 37 riders from the Midwest, 34 riders from the South, 16 riders from the Northeast, six riders from the Pacific Northwest and four riders from Canada.

The 2016 Tour has set its sights on raising more than $300,000 for the TREE Fund, which is based in Naperville, Ill., but funds research worldwide. The Tour will traverse the Piedmont region with stops in Mt. Airy, Greensboro, Raleigh, Southern Pines, Camden, plus brief visits to surrounding communities. The journey concludes Oct. 15 in Charlotte, N.C., and over the course of the seven-day event, riders will have covered up to 610 miles.

With the help of the STIHL Tour des Trees, the TREE Fund has awarded research and education grants totaling nearly $3 million since 2002.The money raised by Tour riders has contributed to better understanding of the benefits of trees, development of hardier, drought- and disease-resistant species and improved methods for growing strong, healthy urban trees. The event also funds arboriculture education programs for children to engage and inspire the next generation of tree stewards.

Check out the riders in your area that have committed a week of their lives to promote tree research

2016 TREE Fund Corporate Partners include: STIHL Inc.; Bartlett Tree Experts;Berkshire Hathaway Energy Foundation; The Davey Tree Expert Company; International Society of Arboriculture; ACRT; Arborjet;Asplundh Tree Expert Co.; ISA Southern Chapter;Tree Care Industry Association;Arbor Age; KASK;Tree Services Magazine; ISA Texas;National Grid; PacifiCorp; Trees, Inc.;West Coast Arborists Inc.; Wheel & Sprocket;Bandit Industries, Inc.; Bayer CropScience LP;CN Utility Consulting; Duke Energy;Ford Motor Company; Heartwood Tree Service;Lewis Tree Service;Michael Grimm Landscape & Tree Service; Mid-Atlantic STIHL;Ohio Chapter ISA; Pacific Gas & Electric Company;Quantum Spatial; SavATree;SherrillTree; Unitil;Utility Arborist Association; Vermeer;Workshop Creative Group; Wright Tree Service, Inc.;Carolina Tree Care; City of Camden; Gamma Tree Experts; Lentzcaping; Norscot

About TREE Fund

The TREE Fund is an 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to the discovery and international dissemination of new knowledge in urban forestry and arboriculture (the science of caring for trees in a landscape). The TREE Fund manages a portfolio of scholarships and education grants to engage and support the next generation of tree stewards, and multiple research grants to improve the science, safety and practice of arboriculture.

With support from individual donors and Corporate Partners, TREE Fund research has contributed to:

  • Improving utility line clearing practices
  • 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
  • Developing strategies to manage diseases and pests that affect urban trees

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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 big box stores. Located in Virginia Beach, Va., STIHL Inc., the headquarters for U.S. operations for the worldwide STIHL Group, exports to over 90 countries around the world; and the majority of STIHL products sold in America are also built in America.* 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 or text your zip code to 78445.

*A majority of STIHL powerheads are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components. “Number one selling brand” is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2015 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.

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One Response to “Cyclists Prepare for 610-mile Adventure through the Carolinas to Promote Tree Health”

  1. I wish You a fantastic tour 2016. I will be with You in my mind.


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