In addition to Arborjet’s goal to save 1 million trees in 2013 (Million Tree Challenge), two Arborjet employees and one spouse are riding their bikes in the STIHL Tour des Trees to raise money for the TREE Fund which funds research and education for urban forestry. Eric Bristol, Marketing Manager at Arborjet, is riding 580 miles from Niagara Falls to Toronto, Canada. Rob Gorden, Director of Urban Forestry and Business Development, will be riding 140 miles from Belleville to Toronto, and his wife Lillian Gorden is riding 50 miles from Oshawa to Toronto. Beginning on July 28 you will see daily blog posts about our journey.
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.
Video from 2011 Tour
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
The 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