The Stihl Tour des Trees is the flagship fundraiser for the TREE Fund. Bicycle riders from around the world participate, each committed to raising a minimum of $3,500 for the TREE Fund. The TREE Fund solicits sponsors to cover all the costs of the 7-day event so 100% of the funds raised by the riders go to support research and scholarship. This event not only raises money, but it raises public awareness of the need for professional tree care. Along the route there are educational events for kids, public tree planting ceremonies, media interviews and TV, radio, magazine, social media and newspaper coverage that reach millions of people nationally and around the world.
The benefits of this event to Wisconsin Arborists are huge. Nearly everything we do to care for trees is driven by research and education, much of it funded in part by the TREE Fund through its grant programs and student scholarships including the Bob Skiera Memorial Fund which the WAA initiated and is working to endow. The WAA is committed to research-based arboriculture and encourages members to support the TREE Fund through donations to Wisconsin’s riders in the Stihl Tour des Trees. Despite that, historically only about 15% of members donate.
The Board of Directors would like to see 100% participation to support our profession. Please go to Team Wisconsin’s web page and give generously at: https://www.crowdrise.com/STDTteamwisconsin2016
To learn more about the Stihl Tour des Trees go to: http://www.stihltourdestrees.org/
And to learn more about how the TREE Fund supports you and your work visit: http://www.treefund.org/
If you’re interested in joining Team Wisconsin and riding in the 2016 Stihl Tour des Trees in North Carolina on October 9-15th, contact team captain Dick Rideout at firstname.lastname@example.org