After the balmy ocean air of last year’s benefit, Stihl is inviting volunteers for the 2016 “STIHL Tour des Trees” to pedal the Piedmont region of the Carolinas. You’ve got time to start training, as the fundraising event is set for Oct. 9-15.
Proceeds from the cycling tour benefit the TREE Fund and organizers of the 2016 event anticipate raising more than $325,000 for tree research and education programs aimed at connecting young people with the environment and career opportunities in the green industry.
The tour begins and ends in Charlotte, North Carolina, this year and Stihl promises an unforgettable week of great scenery and tree education in the Tar Heel and Palmetto states.
Here’s Stihl’s description of the event: “Tour riders visit dozens of communities along their route, planting trees in cities and parks, educating children and adults on why we need trees to survive and thrive, and engaging with local tree stewards about the importance of continued research to support science-based tree care.”
Since 2002, TREE Fund has issued nearly $3 million in research, scholarship and education grants for urban forestry and arboriculture researchers, as well as student and community education programs. Stihl says the organization’s ongoing research provides communities and tree-care professionals proven strategies on how to better propagate, plant and care for trees.
“As a sponsor of STIHL Tour des Trees, we believe in the TREE Fund’s mission of keeping trees healthy through research and education,” said Roger Phelps, corporate communications manager for Stihl Inc. in Virginia Beach, Virginia. “The riders and supporters of this fundraiser have a contagious enthusiasm for trees that gives us confidence today’s children will become tomorrow’s advocates.”
After rolling out of Charlotte on Oct. 9, the tour will travel 561 scenic miles, with overnight stops scheduled in Mount Airy, Greensboro, Raleigh, Southern Pines, Camden and Charlotte.
Registration for the full tour (seven days) is limited to 100 cyclists and closes May 31 or when the roster reaches capacity. Each full-tour cyclist commits to raising $3,500 for the TREE Fund. The $100 registration fee covers lodging and meals for the week, a custom apparel kit and full mechanical support. A partial tour registration option with a prorated fundraising requirement is also available.
To learn more or to register for the event, visit the STIHL Tour Des Trees website here.