2017 STIHL Tour des Trees to benefit TREE Fund
25th Anniversary Ride
July 30 – Aug. 5, 2017
Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C.
The STIHL Tour des Trees, an annual weeklong, 500 to 600-mile cycling adventure, is the primary public outreach and engagement event of the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund). Since 1992 Tour riders have cycled to communities large and small in the US, Canada and the U.K, planting trees, educating children and shining a light on the work done by arboriculture professionals and the importance of science-based tree care. The Tour also serves to advance the TREE Fund's mission to support scientific discovery and dissemination of new knowledge in arboriculture and urban forestry. Funds raised by riders support research grants, scholarships and arboriculture education programs administered by the TREE Fund.
Full-Tour cyclists commit to raising at least $3,500 for the TREE Fund. With these funds, TREE Fund researchers have discovered better ways to propagate, plant and care for urban trees, making them more resilient, more resistant to pests and less prone to failure. The Tour also supports education programs aimed at connecting young people with the environment and career opportunities in green industries. The legacy of the STIHL Tour des Trees includes an ever-expanding urban forest planted by its cyclists and a growing legion of civilian tree stewards in the communities visited by the Tour.
Donate to the 2017 Tour through Dec. 31, 2017, to help keep the urban trees in your neighborhood healthy and thriving. Or mail a check, payable to TREE Fund, to 552 S. Washington St., Ste. 109, Naperville, IL 60540. Please specify if your contribution is to be applied to a specific rider or team.