Cyclists Ride 500+ Miles in 25th Annual STIHL Tour des Trees to Fund Tree Research and Education

Tree research and education essential to healthy and viable urban canopy

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — From July 30-Aug.5, cyclists and tree enthusiasts will pedal more than 500 miles through Maryland, Virginia and our nation’s capital as a part of the 25th annual STIHL Tour des Trees, a weeklong community engagement event and cycling fundraiser to benefit TREE Fund. With support from TREE Fund, researchers and organizations can provide communities and tree care professionals with resources and strategies to better propagate, plant and care for our urban canopies which are vital for clean air, energy conservation, water filtration and wildlife habitats.

“The STIHL Tour des Trees is our most widely recognized, high impact and important community engagement event of the year,” says TREE Fund President and CEO J. Eric Smith. “On the Tour, we meet and talk with schoolchildren, media, tree workers, homeowners, municipal leaders and thousands of folks along the road to excite and educate them about their own urban and community forests. Best of all, 100 percent of the funds raised by our riders go directly to research.”

TREE Fund has helped fund research grants totaling nearly $3.2 million since 2002. In 2016 alone, the 501(c)3 non-profit awarded a record-breaking $550,000 in new research and education grants. Recent projects and studies supported by TREE Fund have focused on:

TREE Fund not only assists with critical tree research, but it also helps fund education programs aimed at connecting young people with the environment and career opportunities in green industries. Some of the recent TREE Fund education grant recipients are:

Throughout this year’s Tour, riders will participate in tree plantings, educational programs and community engagement activities all geared towards raising awareness of the urban forest to our health and well-being and promoting the importance of continued research to support science-based tree care.

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2017 TREE Fund Partners

Asplundh Tree Expert Co.; Berkshire Hathaway Energy Foundation; International Society of Arboriculture; Mowbray’s Tree Service; Pacific Gas & Electric CompanySTIHL Inc.The Davey Tree Expert Company; Utility Arborist Association; ACRT, Inc.; Arborjet; Landscape & Irrigation; National Grid; Ohio Chapter ISA; Tree Care Industry Association; Trees, Inc.; Bandit Industries, Inc.; KASK; Lewis Tree Service; Nelson Tree Service, Inc.; Pacific Northwest Chapter ISA; Southco Industries; Tree Services Magazine; Wright Tree Service, Inc.; Altec Industries, Inc.; Bartlett Tree Experts; CN Utility Consulting, Inc.; Jarraff Industries, Inc.; Mid-Atlantic Chapter ISA; PacifiCorp; Penn-Del Chapter ISA; Quantum Spatial; West Coast Arborists Inc.; Workshop Creative Group; American Society of Landscape Architects; Dominion Energy, Inc.; Duke Energy Corporation; Ford Motor Company; Michael Grimm Services, Inc.; Illinois Arborist Association; Mid-Atlantic STIHL; Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation; SavATree; Southern Chapter ISA; Unitil; Vermeer Corporation; Wisconsin Arborist Association; ECI (Lakeside Environmental Consultants, Inc.); Florida Chapter ISA; Gamma Tree Experts; Green Manufacturing, Inc.; Indiana Arborist Association; ISA Rocky Mountain Chapter; ISA Texas Chapter; Minnesota Society of Arboriculture; New Jersey Arborists; Norscot; Wachtel Tree Science, Inc.; Western Chapter ISA


About TREE Fund

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). TREE Fund awards 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 Partners, TREE Fund research has contributed to:

  • Improving conditions for tree growth in difficult sites
  • Developing strategies to manage diseases and pests that affect urban trees
  • Improving utility line clearing practices
  • Understanding air pollution reduction and carbon sequestration by trees
  • Determining the costs and benefits of urban trees         


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About STIHL Inc.
STIHL Inc. manufactures the number one selling brand of fuel-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America,* as well as the number one selling brand of chain saws in the world. STIHL is also the number one selling brand of fuel-powered handheld outdoor power equipment among U.S. landscape professionals.** 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.

*”Number one selling brand” is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2016 U.S. sales and market share data for the fuel-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers. **“Number one selling” claim based on 2007-2016 syndicated Irwin Broh Research of the U.S. professional landscaper market. ***A majority of STIHL fuel-powered units are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.
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, National Association of Landscape Professionals, the National Recreation and Parks Association, the National Association of State Park Directors and the North American Retail Hardware Association.


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