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Provider Spotlight: The Bob Ray Company, Louisville KY

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This week we spoke with Laura Lyon, a knowledgeable and experienced Arborist at the Bob Ray Company in Louisville, Kentucky. I asked her to talk about EAB situation in her area this Spring as well as other concerns for the trees of Kentucky.

“I have been aware of EAB for years now and more so since coming to the Bob Ray Company. I’ve spent a lot of time looking at trees and during this time of year I spend 60% of my time looking at Ash trees specifically. In Kentucky there are a lot of people that care about their trees, whether they need treatment or not, and that’s a good thing!

I fight against the misinformation and rumors such as, “if you have Ash trees you need to cut them down” and “nothing on the market works”. The fact is the Arborjet products are very easily used and they work very well, but sometimes their minds are already made up and those trees are gone. Thankfully the majority of our customers are very willing to treat their trees. They are aware that we are keeping up with current research here and at the the University of Kentucky. We let our customers know what to expect.

We’ve had several droughts in the past, so now the trees are starting to manifest issues. Oaks and Elms are exhibiting various problems, and some of our Red Maples are showing a general decline. They Honeylocust Trees and the Hickory trees are now starting to exhibit problems as well. We run the gamut on issues because our crazy weather pattern exacerbates any problems that may be around…so we are constantly working with this.”

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Announcing… Arbor-OTC™!

New press release on the wire– check out our new Arbor-OTC™!

Fight Back Against Bacterial Diseases in Trees and Palms with New Arbor-OTC™ from Arborjet

Protect Valuable Trees from Bacterial Leaf Scorch, Fire Blight, Cankers, and More

Arborjet, a company dedicated to developing remedies for the world’s most destructive tree insects and diseases, makes it easier than ever to keep palms and trees healthy with new Arbor-OTC™

Arbor-OTC comes in 2 sizes: 1 oz. and 5 oz.

Arbor-OTC comes in 2 sizes: 1 oz. and 5 oz.

. It delivers an antibiotic punch via trunk injection into the tree’s xylem, where it is taken up by the vascular system and distributed throughout the plant to suppress disease-causing bacteria – a more effective and environmentally responsible delivery method than spraying.

Arbor-OTC is a water-soluble injectable systemic antibiotic for the annual suppression of bacterial diseases in non-food-bearing trees and palms. Bacteria can undergo exponential growth, meaning that their populations can double several times daily, depending on the bacterial species and environmental conditions. If not addressed, bacterial diseases can spread rapidly and cause the decline and death of a tree.

“Bacterial diseases are notoriously difficult to manage, and existing products are a hassle to use,” said Russ Davis, President and COO of Arborjet. “This is why we are so excited to offer Arbor-OTC, a shelf-stable water-soluble powder that allows the applicator to mix and go without worrying about refrigeration or expiration dates.” When injected, Arbor OTC is inside the tree protecting the tissue when the bacterial disease is present. Spraying timing is always difficult with bacterial diseases and applicators often miss the window of control due to wind and other adverse weather conditions.

The new easy-to-use container comes in two sizes: a one-ounce (28 gram) jar, perfect for treating 10 trees or palms at 10” diameter at breast height (DBH) in the same day. This container can be filled with water, covered and shaken, and then the Arbor-OTC can be poured directly into the formulation tank on trunk injection equipment. For bigger projects, the five–ounce (140 gram) container makes enough Arbor-OTC to treat 50 trees or palms at 10” DBH. This container comes with a scoop to dose out the proper volume to mix with water.

Annual applications of Arbor-OTC can be made to treat bacterial diseases including Bacterial Leaf Scorch, Fire Blight, Lethal Yellowing and Texas Phoenix Palm Decline (types of Phytoplasma Disease). Other diseases that may be treated with Arbor-OTC include Ash Yellows, Bacterial Blast, Bacterial Blight, Bacterial Canker, Blossom Blast, Blossom Blight and Canker, Bunch Disease, Crown Gall, Decline, Fruit Spot, Leaf and Shoot Blight, Leaf Blight and Brown Rot, Leaf Spot, Lethal Decline, Phloem Necrosis, Stem Canker, Stubborn Disease, Tip Dieback, Vascular Yellows, Wetwood/Slime Flux, Witches’ Broom (caused by mycoplasma-like organisms), and X-Disease.

Please note that Arbor-OTC is not yet registered for use in all states. Contact local extension or Department of Agriculture to verify that Arbor-OTC is available for use in your area.

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The 9/11 Survivor Tree

Today, the 12th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, is a fitting day to consider how trees represent the resilience of a nation and the hope for a peaceful future.

The Survivor Tree’s Story

In the aftermath of the attacks, rescuers were desperate for even the slightest sign of life. Nearly two weeks later, search teams found the charred remnants of a callery pear tree that had been planted in the 1970s– it was nearly uprooted, covered in burns, and had lost many limbs. Still, it was alive, measuring only 8 feet tall. It was transported to New York City Parks Department’s Arthur Ross Nursery in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx in November 2001, where nursery workers were unsure if it would survive. They nursed it back to health, noticing new growth in the spring of 2002, and by the time it was returned to be replanted in the memorial park in 2010, it had grown to 30 feet tall. The  Survivor Tree even made it through last fall’s Superstorm Sandy unscathed. It stands tall as a stalwart reminder of the tragedies of 9/11 and a beacon of peace today.

… And its Legacy

The Survivor Tree’s legacy will carry on through a brand-new seedling program, announced today by The National September 11 Memorial & Museum. According to the wire release, seedlings from the Survivor Tree will be sent to “resilient communities”  that embody “the spirit of the Survivor Tree.”

Three communities have been selected for the inaugural launch: they are Boston, in honor of the marathon bombing in April that killed three people and injured more than 260; Prescott, Ariz., for the 19 firefighters who died battling a wildfire in June; and the Far Rockaways in New York City, which were devastated last year by Superstorm Sandy.

Representatives from each community will attend a ceremony at Citi Field to announce the program.

Sources/more reading:

  • National September 11 Memorial & Museum, The Memo Blog: https://www.911memorial.org/blog/survivor-tree-withstood-911-attacks-returns-wtc-grow-memorial-plaza-update-x3
  • DNAinfo New York: http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20101222/downtown/911-survivor-tree-spreads-its-branches-over-world-trade-center-once-again
  • ABC News: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/911-museum-unveils-survivor-tree-seedling-program-20221800
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Arborjet Rides the Tour des Trees: Day 7, Oshawa to Toronto Island

tdtleg7Today’s Itinerary: 50 miles, 1 ferry ride

6 a.m. Breakfast at hotel
8:30 a.m.  Rider briefing in STdT bike room
9:00 a.m.  Rollout
9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Rest stop at Beachfront Park,
11:45– 12:30 p.m. Staging/rest stop at Sherbourne Common Park
12:45 p.m. Arrive at Queens Quay (“Key”) Ferry Terminal
1:00 p.m. Ferry to Hanlan’s Point dock, Toronto Island
1:30 p.m. Susie Tree dedication  at 6th Street & Cibola, Ward’s Island, Toronto
2:00 p.m.  International Flag Ceremony, Closing Ceremonies at Franklin Children’s Garden amphitheatre, Centre Island, Toronto
2:30 p.m. Lunch for Tour, Scouts

Today’s Update

Today is an exciting day and the last day of the tour.  It’s been such and amazing tour but it’s finally going to come to a close.  The tour riders have all worked hard to raise over $500,000 for the TREE Fund which provides grants for scholarships and research projects.

Falling on wet ground

Rob, Lillian, and I started in the last group with the STIHL team.  In the first few miles there was a wooden walkway that was wet and shaded.  Chuck from STIHL was leading the pack and his tires slipped, mine slipped, and then 3 other riders behind us went down.  Luckly only a few scrapes but nothing serious.

Go Pro, No Pro

Then we were going fine until we realized that our pace was too slow to make the ferry at 12:30 in Toronto (which we later found out was unattainable by anybody), but we split the group up to make up some time.  We were traveling over a 4 foot high boardwalk above green bushes and shrubs, when my GroPro video camera snapped off my handle bars and tumbled below.  Thankfully, 3 other riders stopped with me to search for it.  I was so glad Robert found it for me and we were on the road within 10 minutes.  Feeling even more behind now.

No Go

I indicated 2 days ago in my blog that my pedal was getting loose but Matt fixed it, well it was loosening again today and it fell off.  Yes, my pedal fell off.  It was loosening off my crank and I was nursing through by constantly tightening it, but this time it fell off.  I couldn’t get the bike fixed so I called a support van to come pick me up.  I had to ride the van into Toronto to catch the ferry.  Lillian and Rob were also in the van on their way to Toronto.

Fixed and Riding on Toronto Islands

When I got to the Westin in Toronto, my bike was fixed and we were waiting for other riders to arrive to catch the ferry.  We didn’t get on a ferry until about 1:30.  While we were waiting I was filmed by the creative team, G2 Digital Media working with STIHL to create a Tour des Tree video.  Then we all got on the ferry, and it was a beautiful ride to Toronto Islands.  Toronto Island is like New York’s Central Park but it’s an island that everyone ferry’s to.  There was a beautiful skyline view across the water and an occasional low flying airplane landing at the municipal airport on the island.  It was such and amazing place to be riding.

Tree Dedication and Final Ceremony

We did a tree dedication on Ward’s Island, and then went to Centre Island at the Franklin Children’s Garden amphitheatre for the final tree dedication and closing ceremony.  There was a ceremony with the Scouts Canada.  As an Eagle Scout, it was great to see the support their troop provided for this event.  Jim Zwack, chairman of the TREE Fund, presented various awards.  One award went to Arborjet for our commitment of over $25,000 to the TREE Fund this year.  It was nice for Arborjet to be called out and recognized.

Well that’s it for the ride and what a ride it was.  It was a journey filled with great friends, conversation and memories.  It was an honor to represent Arborjet this year which was our first year as a partner with the TREE Fund.  I’m looking forward to our partnership in the future and providing more funding for tree research and scholarships to improve the future of tree care.

About the 2013 Tour des Trees

The 2013 STIHL Tour des Trees promises an international adventure for cyclists beginning July 28, 2013 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Tracing a 585-mile route around Lake Ontario, the 2013 Tour will showcase upstate New York and Ontario’s beautiful scenery, historic trees, urban centers and favorite destinations. The Tour concludes August 3 at Ontario’s Toronto Island, site of ISA’s International Tree Climbing Competition and Arbor Fair.

Tree plantings and community outreach are hallmarks of every Tour, and Professor Elwood Pricklethorn (aka Toronto arborist and veteran Tour cyclist Warren Hoselton) provides educational programs for young audiences along the way. The TREE Fund expects to add at least a dozen new entries to the growing urban forest planted by Tour riders over the years.

Arborjet’s Commitment to Urban Tree Research

As a partner with the TREE Fund this year, Arborjet donated $25,000 in funding to help support research and education that may lead to new and innovative ways to protect the urban forest. In addition, Arborjet donated over $100,000 in grants to other non-profit organizations in 2013 to continue advancing the industry.

About the TREE Fund

TREE Fund PartnerThe TREE Fund organization works to sustain the world’s urban forests by providing funding for scientific research, education programs, and scholarships related to arboriculture and urban forestry. Through the generous support of corporate and individual sponsors and donors the TREE Fund offers:

    • Funding for scientific research into critical urban tree care issues
    • Funding for arboriculture education programs in schools
    • Scholarships for aspiring arborists
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Arborjet Rides the Tour des Trees: Day 6, Belleville to Oshawa, ON

tdtleg6Today’s Itinerary: 92 miles

6 a.m. Breakfast at hotel
7:30 a.m.  Rider briefing in STdT bike room
8:00 a.m.  Rollout
9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Rest stop at Victoria Square, Colborne
9:30 a.m. Mayor’s welcome, Professor Pricklethorn, tree dedication
11:00 a.m. Lunch at Victoria Park Lion/Lioness Pavilion
Noon: Mayor’s welcome, tree dedication, Professor Pricklethorn
1:45 – 3:30 p.m. Rest stop at Newcastle
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Welcome, Tree dedication at Lakeview Park, Oshawa
6:30 p.m. Finale Dinner at Quality Hotel, Oshawa

Today’s Update

This was an exciting and memorable day, especially for Warren Hoselton (aka Professor Pricklethorn).  First of all, Warren was like our mascot for this ride.  He’s an arborist for the city of Toronto, he grew up in Cobourg, which we rode through today, and he performed two programs with Professor Pricklethorn today.  Some highlights today include the Big Apple stand in Colborne, Victoria Park and beach in Cobourg, Warren releasing balloons in memory of his father, and talking about the Arborjet business while I rode with Rob.

Colborne Big Apple

Rob and I started the day riding together, and I jumped into another group and rode to Colborne.  They had a gazebo and The Big Apple brought an assortment of apply pastries, donuts, muffins, and juices that were too good to pass up.  All the riders loved this stop and joined in on the feast.  Professor Pricklethorn started his program when the thunder and rain started to make everyone run for cover.  I ducked into an overhang to check my Raindar app which showed the rain would pass in about 20 minutes so I waited it out.  I started riding with Phil Graham, who is one of the strongest riders on the Tour.  I kept up with him and even jumped in front to try and help pull a little.

Cobourg

We had another amazing lunch here, and I took my time at this stop to walk to the beach.  I noticed there were piles of sand for their annual sand sculpture contest starting the next day.  I talked to mayor Gil Brocanier and told him that Arborjet had a solution for the Emerald Ash Borer.  He quickly gave me his business card and recommended I speak to Rory Quigley who is the town Arborist and also the ISA Ontario chapter president.  Later that night Rory sat at our table for dinner.  Warren and his family released some balloons in memory of his father who passed away this year.  It was nice to see.

More Rain

Rob and I hit two more rain storms today, and for one of them we ducked under a cement bridge where a train crossed over head.  There was a huge crack of lightning and I was glad we found the shelter.  It was about 15 minutes and the rain passed and we were back on the rode.  We talked some more and were having a great ride.  We got lost in the Darlington Provincial Park since the directions were poorly marked but we made out and found the Quality Hotel in Oshawa.

One more day of the tour and tomorrow Lillian joins Rob and I to finish the last day.  Only 50 more miles!

About the 2013 Tour des Trees

The 2013 STIHL Tour des Trees promises an international adventure for cyclists beginning July 28, 2013 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Tracing a 585-mile route around Lake Ontario, the 2013 Tour will showcase upstate New York and Ontario’s beautiful scenery, historic trees, urban centers and favorite destinations. The Tour concludes August 3 at Ontario’s Toronto Island, site of ISA’s International Tree Climbing Competition and Arbor Fair.

Tree plantings and community outreach are hallmarks of every Tour, and Professor Elwood Pricklethorn (aka Toronto arborist and veteran Tour cyclist Warren Hoselton) provides educational programs for young audiences along the way. The TREE Fund expects to add at least a dozen new entries to the growing urban forest planted by Tour riders over the years.

Arborjet’s Commitment to Urban Tree Research

As a partner with the TREE Fund this year, Arborjet donated $25,000 in funding to help support research and education that may lead to new and innovative ways to protect the urban forest. In addition, Arborjet donated over $100,000 in grants to other non-profit organizations in 2013 to continue advancing the industry.

About the TREE Fund

TREE Fund PartnerThe TREE Fund organization works to sustain the world’s urban forests by providing funding for scientific research, education programs, and scholarships related to arboriculture and urban forestry. Through the generous support of corporate and individual sponsors and donors the TREE Fund offers:

    • Funding for scientific research into critical urban tree care issues
    • Funding for arboriculture education programs in schools
    • Scholarships for aspiring arborists
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Arborjet Rides the Tour des Trees: Day 5, Kingston to Belleville, ON

tdtleg5Today’s Itinerary: 92 miles, 1 ferry crossing

6 a.m. Breakfast at hotel
8:00 a.m.  Rider briefing in STdT bike room
8:30 a.m.  Rollout
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Rest Stop at Amherstview Community Hall
9:15 a.m. Professor Pricklethorn program at Amherstview Community Hall
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Glenora Ferry to rest stop at Lake on the Mountain
12:15 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch at Sandbanks Provincial Park
1:45 – 3:00 p.m. Rest stop at Wellington
6:30 p.m. Dinner at Belleville Travelodge

Today’s Update

This was a day of tough riding since it poured during the first hour and a half of riding.  It was cold rain that started 5 minutes into the ride and the gusts of wind coming off of Lake Ontario could almost blow you off the road.  It was very important to stay focused to make sure all our riders stayed safe this morning.  The highlights of the day included a Professor Pricklethorn program at the Amherst Community Hall, a quick pedal repair before the Glenora Ferry, and the relaxing lunch and wine tasting at the By Chadsey’s Cairns Winery.

Weathering the Storm

I had done one training ride in the rain for about 12 miles, but it was a warmer rain than I experienced this morning.  Today was a cold and windy rain with a lot of traffic on the road.  We were really thankful there were no accidents or incidents. Julie was my saving grace today since she had an extra vest she let me borrow to warm me up just enough through the morning rain.

Riding in the Rain with Friends

Today I rode with Julie, Kevin, and Michael, who added great conversation and excitement to my day.  Julie is a consulting arborist who has recommended Arborjet products for a golf course that had stressed pines.  Julie has a great personality, and is such a positive spirit.  Kevin is a sales person for ACRT, and added great entertainment with his great sense of humor.  We laughed about Kevin’s water spraying off his back tire, since tires were thicker with tread, his “rooster tail,” was  spraying us all in the face.  We sent him to the back of the pack to avoid the facial spray.  Michael is crane operator for the city of Columbus, and also used to work in Toledo.  He shared stories about Ash tree removals in Toledo and about the crane he uses everyday.

NASCAR Pit Stop

My crank was having issues a few miles away from the Glenora Ferry, so I used an allen key to get me through until the stop.  When I pulled up to the Ferry I gave my bike to Matt (our bike mechanic) and he worked on it for about 10 minutes while about 25 of the riders waited for the ferry.  It started raining so we all ran for shelter.  Matt fixed my bike while I used the restroom, fueled up with some snacks, and filled my water bottles, and then I was fixed in time to jump on the ferry.  It felt like a NASCAR pit stop.  Thanks Matt!

Change of Plans

Since the rain was so bad, Paul Wood decided to cut 10 miles off of the route today.  He changed the location of lunch from Sandbanks Provincial Park to the winery called By Chadsey’s Cairns. Lunch was served in this old barn complete with tables and hay bales to sit and relax.  By this time, the sky was clearing, the sun was out and coming through the barn doors to warm us up.  We were lucky to have the winery host us all for lunch since it was a last minute change.  Julie, Michael, Kevin, and I took our time.  We dried our clothes, stretched, talked, relaxed, tasted wine, bought wine, and then finished the ride to the hotel about another 20 miles.

We ended the ride at the Travelodge in Belleville, and I met Rob Gorden and his wife Lillian.  Rob will join the tour tomorrow.  There was a nice dinner and reception for the riders, and I’ll looking forward to writing again tomorrow.

 

About the 2013 Tour des Trees

The 2013 STIHL Tour des Trees promises an international adventure for cyclists beginning July 28, 2013 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Tracing a 585-mile route around Lake Ontario, the 2013 Tour will showcase upstate New York and Ontario’s beautiful scenery, historic trees, urban centers and favorite destinations. The Tour concludes August 3 at Ontario’s Toronto Island, site of ISA’s International Tree Climbing Competition and Arbor Fair.

Tree plantings and community outreach are hallmarks of every Tour, and Professor Elwood Pricklethorn (aka Toronto arborist and veteran Tour cyclist Warren Hoselton) provides educational programs for young audiences along the way. The TREE Fund expects to add at least a dozen new entries to the growing urban forest planted by Tour riders over the years.

Arborjet’s Commitment to Urban Tree Research

As a partner with the TREE Fund this year, Arborjet donated $25,000 in funding to help support research and education that may lead to new and innovative ways to protect the urban forest. In addition, Arborjet donated over $100,000 in grants to other non-profit organizations in 2013 to continue advancing the industry.

About the TREE Fund

TREE Fund PartnerThe TREE Fund organization works to sustain the world’s urban forests by providing funding for scientific research, education programs, and scholarships related to arboriculture and urban forestry. Through the generous support of corporate and individual sponsors and donors the TREE Fund offers:

    • Funding for scientific research into critical urban tree care issues
    • Funding for arboriculture education programs in schools
    • Scholarships for aspiring arborists
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Arborjet Rides the STIHL Tour Des Trees: Day 4, Watertown, NY to Kingstown, ON

tdtleg4Today’s Itinerary: 43 miles, 2 ferry crossings

6 a.m. Breakfast at hotel
7:30 a.m.  Rider briefing in STdT bike room
8:00 a.m.  Rollout
8:15 a.m. Tree dedication at Victorian Park, Watertown, NY
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Rest stop at Cape Vincent
10:30/11:00/11:30 a.m. Ferry crossings to Wolfe Island/CAN customs checkpoint
12:00/1:15 p.m. Ferry crossing to Kingston, ON
1:00 p.m. Lunch at Lake Ontario Park pavilion, Kingston
2:00 p.m. Professor Pricklethorn program at Lake Ontario Park
Dinner, R&R in Kingston: free time!

Today’s Update

IMAG2429This was the longest/shortest day of the ride so far.  What I mean is, it was only 43 miles of riding but the 2 ferry rides took some time to get us to Kingston, ON.  We took our time today, and some of the highlights included the ferry crossings, a ride across Wolfe Island, Professor Pricklethorn, and a dinner out at Olivea.

Victorian Park, Watertown

We had a really quick ride (0.5 mi) to the tree planting ceremony.  The City Forester and the Mayor, Jeff Graham, attended (Mayor Graham’s Blog Post).  The city of Watertown has been a Tree City USA since 2000 and has planted over 6,000 trees since then.  In fact, today’s tree planting ceremony was tree number 6,005.  The TREE Fund also donated 2 Dr. Seuss books to the town library titled “I can name 50 trees today!”

Cape Vincent

IMAG2427This was a nice ride to get to the ferry dock.  The houses down by the water reminded me of homes I would see in New England.  These were large estate homes built in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Some had colonial style architecture, clapboard siding, gambrel roofs, and cedar shingles.  All the riders packed on the boat with our bikes, but the trailers of luggage had to go on different trips.

Canadian Customs Check Point on Wolfe Island

With 100 riders trying to get through customs, and all our luggage packed in trailers, we thought this customs checkpoint was going to be a slow process.  Our tour director Paul Wood from Black Bear Adventures warned us all that the ‘searcher’ might be on duty.  (He was referring to a border patrol officer that has been known to hold up lines of people entering the island).  Luckily he was really great to us and let us through with a passport check and a few questions.

Wolfe Island was a great 7 mile ride with panoramic views of the hay fields and windmills.  Some homes had large solar panel units in their yards.  You could tell they produced all their own electricity.  On the other side we had to get on another ferry but this one was much larger.

Lake Ontario Park, Kingston

STIHL Tour des Trees Day 4When we arrived, we biked off the ferry and made our way to lunch at the Lake Ontario Park.  There was a lot going on here, including a splash pad that all the kids were playing in to keep cool.  About 50 kids, including local Boy Scouts, came over to listen to Professor Pricklethorn teach about trees.

Dinner in Kingston

Arborjet took the opportunity to extend a big thank you to the support crew by hosting them for dinner at Olivea.  It was an excellent choice made by Paul Wood, and we had a private room reserved for the 15 of us.  I was able to personally thank the support team, share memories about the 2005 tour ride, and get to know each of the support team members a little better.  I enjoyed showing Paul the photo of him and me on the first Tour des Trees we did together back in 2005.  It was also fun to talk with Mary DiCarlo and Thom Kraak about next year’s tour in Wisconsin.

That’s it for today. I’m looking forward to the ride tomorrow to Belleville, ON, where I will meet up with Rob Gorden and his wife Lillian.

About the 2013 Tour des Trees

The 2013 STIHL Tour des Trees promises an international adventure for cyclists beginning July 28, 2013 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Tracing a 585-mile route around Lake Ontario, the 2013 Tour will showcase upstate New York and Ontario’s beautiful scenery, historic trees, urban centers and favorite destinations. The Tour concludes August 3 at Ontario’s Toronto Island, site of ISA’s International Tree Climbing Competition and Arbor Fair.

Tree plantings and community outreach are hallmarks of every Tour, and Professor Elwood Pricklethorn (aka Toronto arborist and veteran Tour cyclist Warren Hoselton) provides educational programs for young audiences along the way. The TREE Fund expects to add at least a dozen new entries to the growing urban forest planted by Tour riders over the years.

Arborjet’s Commitment to Urban Tree Research

As a partner with the TREE Fund this year, Arborjet donated $25,000 in funding to help support research and education that may lead to new and innovative ways to protect the urban forest. In addition, Arborjet donated over $100,000 in grants to other non-profit organizations in 2013 to continue advancing the industry.

About the TREE Fund

TREE Fund PartnerThe TREE Fund organization works to sustain the world’s urban forests by providing funding for scientific research, education programs, and scholarships related to arboriculture and urban forestry. Through the generous support of corporate and individual sponsors and donors the TREE Fund offers:

    • Funding for scientific research into critical urban tree care issues
    • Funding for arboriculture education programs in schools
    • Scholarships for aspiring arborists
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Arborjet Rides the STIHL Tour des Trees: Day 3, Syracuse to Watertown, NY

tdtleg3Today’s Itinerary: 83 miles

6 a.m. Breakfast at hotel
7:30 a.m.  Rider briefing in STdT bike room
8:00 a.m. Tree planting at Forman Park
8:45 a.m. Rollout from Forman Park to SUNY-ESF campus
9:15 – 10 a.m. American Chestnut tree dedication at State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
11:30 – 1:00 p.m. Rest stop at Mexico
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Lunch at Westcott Beach State Park
2:30 p.m. Tree dedication at Westcott Beach
3:00 – 5:30 p.m. Welcome reception at Best Western Carriage House
6:30 p.m. Dinner at Thompson Park stone pavilion

Today’s Update

On Tuesday, July 30, we rode our bikes From Syracuse to Watertown, NY.  This part of the ride was much less hilly than the day before.  I never realized there were so many cornfields, soybean fields, and dairy farms in this area of New York state.  Brian from National Grid told me today that Chobani yogurt gets a lot of their milk from the New York farms, and since Chobani is doing well, so are the New York dairy farms.  The total yogurt production in New York State nearly tripled between 2007 and 2013.

Forman State Park

First thing in the morning, before we left Syracuse, we did a tree planting ceremony in Forman Park. It had great gardens, stone work, and a fountain in the middle. All the riders gathered around to learn how the city is buying and planting bare root trees.  I was feeling kind of sore after riding the first two days so it was nice to have some time to relax and stretch this morning. Next stop was SUNY-ESF.

State University of New York College of environmental science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF)

I think this was an amazing experience to hear about the research being done to grow a disease-resistant American Chestnut tree.  Dr. William Powell spoke, and told everyone how he and his colleagues at SUNY discovered a wheat gene that is resistant to the Chestnut Blight. They introduced this to the American Chestnut and have successfully created a transgenic American Chestnut that is disease resistant. Its still being tested in new plantings but it looks promising.  In the slide show below, there’s a picture of me standing next to the newly planted American chestnut tree, and it’ one of the original disease resistant American chestnut trees they created.

The American Chestnut

The American Chestnut was a keystone species, which means many species relied on the tree for survival. One out of four trees in the Appalachian Mountains was an American Chestnut tree.  These trees were all killed by a blight imported from Asia, which was first discovered in 1904 in the Bronx Zoo in New York.

At the ceremony, National grid presented a check for $250,000 to SUNY-ESF for energy efficiency measures implemented throughout campus. This will help upgrade the facility with new energy efficient lighting and make the campus more sustainable.

Rest stop in Mexico, New York

This really was an international Tour des Trees considering we went all the way from Mexico to Canada in less than two days!  Yes, there really is a town called Mexico in New York State, and one of my favorite business names was an ice cream place called Mexicone.

Westcott Beach State Park

Lunch was excellent again.  My neck was feeling really stiff after being in a crouched position for the last 30 miles to get to lunch, but I got a great neck and back massage from Katie Askew.  At most of the lunches and some rest stops, she and Kenny have their massage hands and massage tables out and always ready to help the riders.

Thompson Park Stone Pavilion

We came here for dinner which was sponsored by Bartlett Tree.  This park was designed by  Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed parks like Central Park and the Biltmore Estate. There was also a zoo there but we didnt get to see any animals. One of the coolest things to see was a tree planted by tour riders in 2003 since Watertown, NY was a stop along the route during the 2003.  Many of the riders on this tour were also on the tour 10 years ago.

That’s it for Tuesday, day three. I’m looking forward to writing again about Wednesday’s experience.

About the 2013 Tour des Trees

The 2013 STIHL Tour des Trees promises an international adventure for cyclists beginning July 28, 2013 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Tracing a 585-mile route around Lake Ontario, the 2013 Tour will showcase upstate New York and Ontario’s beautiful scenery, historic trees, urban centers and favorite destinations. The Tour concludes August 3 at Ontario’s Toronto Island, site of ISA’s International Tree Climbing Competition and Arbor Fair.

Tree plantings and community outreach are hallmarks of every Tour, and Professor Elwood Pricklethorn (aka Toronto arborist and veteran Tour cyclist Warren Hoselton) provides educational programs for young audiences along the way. The TREE Fund expects to add at least a dozen new entries to the growing urban forest planted by Tour riders over the years.

Arborjet’s Commitment to Urban Tree Research

As a partner with the TREE Fund this year, Arborjet donated $25,000 in funding to help support research and education that may lead to new and innovative ways to protect the urban forest.  In addition, Arborjet donated over $100,000 in grants to other non-profit organizations in 2013 to continue advancing the industry.

About the TREE Fund

TREE Fund PartnerThe TREE Fund organization works to sustain the world’s urban forests by providing funding for scientific research, education programs, and scholarships related to arboriculture and urban forestry. Through the generous support of corporate and individual sponsors and donors the TREE Fund offers:

    • Funding for scientific research into critical urban tree care issues
    • Funding for arboriculture education programs in schools
    • Scholarships for aspiring arborists
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Arborjet Rides – STIHL Tour des Trees: Day 2, Rochester to Syracuse, NY

tdtleg2Today’s Itinerary: 126 miles

6 a.m. Breakfast at hotel
7:00 a.m.  Rider briefing in STdT bike room
7:30 a.m.  Rollout
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Emerald Ash Borer protection demonstration, Rochester
Manhattan Square Park: 350 Court St., Rochester, NY 14607
Limited participation (sign up 7/28)
Sponsored by Arborjet, City of Rochester
9:00 a.m. Participants shuttle to rejoin Tour at Geneva
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Rest stop at Kershaw Park, Canandaigua, NY
9:30 a.m. Tree dedication at Kershaw Park
10:30 – 12:00 p.m. Rest stop at Hobart and Smith Colleges, Geneva
11:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch/tree dedication/education event at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
1:15 – 3:30 p.m. Rest stop at Emerson Park, Auburn
2:00 p.m. Tree dedication at Emerson Park 
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Rest stop at Clift Park, Skaneateles
2:45 p.m.  Tree dedication at Clift Park (Across from Sherwood Inn: 26 W. Genesee St. Skaneateles, NY)
3:00 – 5:30 p.m. Welcome reception: Crowne Plaza, Syracuse
6:30 p.m. Dinner at Dinosaur BarBQue

Today’s Update

Tour des Trees Day 2

Even the Lorax was in on the trunk injection action in Rochester!

On Monday, July 29, the STIHL Tour des Trees riders traveled from Rochester, NY to Syracuse, NY.  Most of the riders rode the entire 120 miles, and some of the riders attended a media event in the morning then met up with the other riders in Geneva, NY. There where many highlights of the day, including the Arborjet demonstration, the lunch with Professor Pricklethorn, and the dinner at Dinosaur BBQ hosted by National Grid.

The Arborjet trunk injection demonstration was in Manhattan Park in Rochester, where Brian Liberti read a proclamation from Mayor Thomas. I was able to thank Brian for his efforts in protecting 3,700 ash trees in the city, and discuss the importance of protecting urban ash trees.  I also told media and attendees about Arborjet’s Million Tree Challenge this year.  The TREE Fund has a stuffed Lorax doll, so my favorite picture of the day is the Lorax injecting an ash tree.  The media event was a success and the Arborjet demonstration helped the tour receive media attention in the following outlets.

In Geneva, we had a rest stop/start at the Bristol Field House for Hobart and William Smith Colleges.  This was a beautiful facility.  After we walked our bikes through the lobby it opened up into a beautiful stadium and track.

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Professor Pricklethorn teaches the kids about trees

At lunch, we were greeted by Morrisville State College Environmental Sciences who made lunch for us. I extend a great thanks to them. Also, one of the tour riders Warren Hazelton dressed up as Professor Pricklethorn and educated and entertained children on the anatomy and physiology of trees. He does an amazing job using props and signs and creativity to make a fun and interesting lesson.  He used children from the audience to demonstrate different parts of the tree.  For example, one child held a piece of a garden hose and an umbrella to explain how xylem transports water inside a tree and another child had maple syrup hanging around his neck to explain that phloem transports the sugars inside the tree.

When I got back to the hotel I was first in line for a much-needed massage. Thanks to Kenny and Katie Askew for offering that service to the riders.  Katie’s brother sponsors them to come along for the tour and he works for West Coast Arborist.

Dinner was great! We all went to Dinosaur BBQ, which I had never heard of.  Brian from National Grid, the sponsor for dinner, recommended we go there. They opened up the whole upstairs for our entire group. All 35 first-year riders were recognized with a plaque on stage.  This reminded me of my first ride in 2005, and what it felt like to experience this for the first time. It’s truly amazing.

The last stop after dinner was a group photo at the Niagara Mohawk building where National Grid works out of.  It’s a historical building and the lights on the front of the it can be changed to any color they want.  He made sure they were green in honor of the Tour des Trees!  This building is an outstanding example of Art Deco architecture and a symbol of the Age of Electricity. Completed in 1932, the building became the headquarters for the nation’s largest electric utility company and expressed the technology of electricity through its modernistic design, material, and extraordinary program of exterior lighting.

That’s it for Monday, day two. I’m looking forward to writing again about Tuesday’s experience.

About the 2013 Tour des Trees

The 2013 STIHL Tour des Trees promises an international adventure for cyclists beginning July 28, 2013 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Tracing a 585-mile route around Lake Ontario, the 2013 Tour will showcase upstate New York and Ontario’s beautiful scenery, historic trees, urban centers and favorite destinations. The Tour concludes August 3 at Ontario’s Toronto Island, site of ISA’s International Tree Climbing Competition and Arbor Fair.

Tree plantings and community outreach are hallmarks of every Tour, and Professor Elwood Pricklethorn (aka Toronto arborist and veteran Tour cyclist Warren Hoselton) provides educational programs for young audiences along the way. The TREE Fund expects to add at least a dozen new entries to the growing urban forest planted by Tour riders over the years.

Arborjet’s Commitment to Urban Tree Research

As a partner with the TREE Fund this year, Arborjet donated $25,000 in funding to help support research and education that may lead to new and innovative ways to protect the urban forest.  In addition, Arborjet donated over $100,000 in grants to other non-profit organizations in 2013 to continue advancing the industry.

About the TREE Fund

TREE Fund PartnerThe TREE Fund organization works to sustain the world’s urban forests by providing funding for scientific research, education programs, and scholarships related to arboriculture and urban forestry. Through the generous support of corporate and individual sponsors and donors the TREE Fund offers:

    • Funding for scientific research into critical urban tree care issues
    • Funding for arboriculture education programs in schools
    • Scholarships for aspiring arborists
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Arborjet Rides the Tour des Trees: Day 1, Niagara to Rochester, NY

tdtleg1Today’s Itinerary: 104 miles

6 a.m. Breakfast at hotel
7:30 a.m.  Rider briefing in STdT bike room
8:00 a.m.  Rollout to US customs checkpoint, Rainbow Bridge
9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Rest stop: Memorial Tree Garden, Krueger Park
10:00 a.m. Welcome: Wilson Mayor Bernie Leiker
11:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch at Canal Basin Park, Medina
1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Rest stop at Canal Park, Holley, NY
2:30 – 5:30 p.m. Welcome reception
4:00 p.m. First Responders tree dedication at West Webster Fire Dept Station
6:30 p.m. Shuttle departs from hotel for dinner cruise
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Dinner cruise on the Colonial Belle

Today’s Update from Eric

Beth, Graham, & Eric celebrate the kickoff of the Tour des Trees

Beth, Graham, & Eric celebrate the kickoff of the Tour des Trees

On Sunday, July 28, We kicked off the STIHL Tour des Trees and rode from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada to Rochester, New York.  I was lucky enough to have my wife, Beth, and my eight-month-old son, Graham, to spend a few days in Niagara Falls and to see me off to start the ride.  They met up with me later that morning at the first rest stop at Krueger Park, before flying back home to Boston.

Getting through customs with almost 100 riders was quicker than expected, thanks to Paul Wood, our tour coordinator. He contacted the border patrol weeks in advance to let them know that would be would be coming through.

At the first rest stop at Krueger Park, the Wilson Mayor Bernie Leiker spoke.  I had a chance to say hello to Jeremy Sayers with The Tree Doctor, an Arborjet customer.  I also had one last photo opportunity with my wife and son, and then I was off for the next portion of the ride.

Breezing through customs

Breezing through customs

We had a great lunch at Canal Basin Park in Medina, New York, sponsored by Northeast STIHL.  Then we were off for some more riding. I rode with a lot of different groups today and met a lot of new riders. We also had one flat tire to change on our way.

Arborjet's Joe Aiken & Eric Bristol enjoy cocktails on the Colonial Belle

Arborjet’s Joe Aiken & Eric Bristol enjoy cocktails on the Colonial Belle

It was great finish at the hotel and thanks to the support crew, all our bags and room keys were ready for us. The support crew is amazing already. I also had a chance to visit with Brian Liberti, the City Forester in Rochester.  On Monday morning we plan to do a tree injection demonstration in Manhattan Square park in the center of Rochester.

After a nice shower and relaxing for a little while, we all jumped on buses and drove to Fairport, New York to attend a dinner cruise on the Colonial Belle. Joe Aiken from Arborjet was also in town for the cruise on the Erie Canal. We extend our thanks to Lewis Tree Service for hosting the event.

So, day one of the STIHL Tour des Trees was a success,  and I’m looking forward to the event tomorrow. Check out today’s photos below:

About the 2013 Tour des Trees

The 2013 STIHL Tour des Trees promises an international adventure for cyclists beginning July 28, 2013 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Tracing a 585-mile route around Lake Ontario, the 2013 Tour will showcase upstate New York and Ontario’s beautiful scenery, historic trees, urban centers and favorite destinations. The Tour concludes August 3 at Ontario’s Toronto Island, site of ISA’s International Tree Climbing Competition and Arbor Fair.

Tree plantings and community outreach are hallmarks of every Tour, and Professor Elwood Pricklethorn (aka Toronto arborist and veteran Tour cyclist Warren Hoselton) provides educational programs for young audiences along the way. The TREE Fund expects to add at least a dozen new entries to the growing urban forest planted by Tour riders over the years.

Arborjet’s Commitment to Urban Tree Research

As a partner with the TREE Fund this year, Arborjet donated $25,000 in funding to help support research and education that may lead to new and innovative ways to protect the urban forest.  In addition, Arborjet donated over $100,000 in grants to other non-profit organizations in 2013 to continue advancing the industry.

About the TREE Fund

TREE Fund PartnerThe TREE Fund organization works to sustain the world’s urban forests by providing funding for scientific research, education programs, and scholarships related to arboriculture and urban forestry. Through the generous support of corporate and individual sponsors and donors the TREE Fund offers:

    • Funding for scientific research into critical urban tree care issues
    • Funding for arboriculture education programs in schools
    • Scholarships for aspiring arborists
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