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Many thanks to our 2015 STIHL Tour des Trees sponsors!

This year, 85 men and women are cycling the Sunshine State with the 2015 STIHL Tour des Trees to benefit the TREE Fund. The Tour rolls from Orlando to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, October 25 – 31, 2015, for a week of unforgettable scenery, cycling and camaraderie. Beyond the bike, the Tour includes tree plantings and community outreach. Professor Elwood Pricklethorn (aka Toronto arborist and veteran Tour cyclist Warren Hoselton) provides educational programs for young audiences along the way. And as a trip to Florida wouldn’t be complete without visiting the beach, the Tour will be spending time in the sand too!

The TREE Fund is grateful for the support of long-time TREE Fund sponsors STIHL Inc.—Title Sponsor of the Tour des Trees since 2009, and Bartlett Tree Experts—Crown Partner of the TREE Fund and Educational Programming Sponsor of the Tour. We’re excited to have The Davey Tree Expert Company as a TREE Fund Crown Partner and Media Sponsor for this event. Thank you to Asplundh, Arborjet, ISA, KASK and TCIA for their continuing support of the Tour as TREE Fund Partners.

Since 1992, the STIHL Tour des Trees has generated more than $7.2 million and has funded a variety of research projects and educational programs for budding tree care professionals. To learn more, visit the TREE Fund grant and scholarship archives.

The 2014 event raised $626,474 and was an undeniable success due to our dedicated riders, hard-working volunteers and generous sponsors. Corporate sponsorships ensure that the money raised by Tour riders is applied to research and education programs, not event costs. Thank you to all of our 2014 STIHL Tour des Trees supporters. We’re looking forward to another outstanding Tour in 2015!

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The TREE Fund is invaluable to our research in the Morton Arboretum Soil Science (MASS) laboratory. A major goal of our lab is to perform research on managing urban soil quality with the intent of improving urban tree establishment and growth. The outcomes of the research have direct application to horticulture, arboriculture, and urban forestry. The TREE Fund is one of the only institutions in the world funding this type of research. Without the TREE Fund this research would not be conducted.

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