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Join us for a week of unforgettable scenery, cycling and camaraderie as the 2014 STIHL Tour des Trees escapes to Wisconsin July 27 – August 2, 2014. The 583-mile ride features rolling country roads, pristine forests, acres of orchards and sparkling lakefront views, plus world-famous beer, brats and cheese! The adventure concludes August 2 in Milwaukee, site of ISA’s International Tree Climbing Championship.

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.

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 welcome The Davey Tree Expert Company as a new 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 $6.6 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 2013 event raised $611,540 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 2013 STIHL Tour des Trees supporters. We’re looking forward to another outstanding Tour in 2014!

 

Planting a Special Tree for Arbor Day?

Consider a Heritage Tree, grown from seedlings from the properties of famous Americans. Proceeds benefit the TREE Fund!

Bartlett Tree Experts co-sponsored a symposium with the Chicago Botanic Gardens that we called 'Trees as a Legacy in Design and Development.' We had world class speakers including Peter Walker, the co-creator of the 9/11 National Memorial. Three out of our five speakers cited research they conducted that was made in part due to TREE Fund dollars! It was amazing to hear Dr. Michael Raupp, Dr. Kathy Wolf and Dr. Kelby Fite all mention the TREE Fund as contributing to their work. This is applied research at its best. When research projects such as these funded by the TREE Fund are centerpieces of conference talks I know our fundraising efforts are in the right direction. What made this even better was that the audience was NOT arborists. TREE Fund dollars were talking to landscape architects, architects, planners and government officials. There is not better advertisement for the TREE Fund than to hear applied research education allied professions to make the world a better place through trees.

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