Bartlett Tree Experts Announces Multi-Year Commitment to TREE Fund

Tree Care Company is “Crown Sponsor” of the STIHL Tour des Trees

Bartlett Tree Experts, the world’s leading scientific tree and shrub care company, is pleased to announce its commitment to a three-year sponsorship (through 2014) of the TREE Fund and its signature fundraising event, the STIHL Tour des Trees, which is America’s largest fundraiser for tree research. 

This year marks Bartlett’s third as Crown Sponsor of the Tree Research and Education Fund (TREE Fund) and   the STIHL Tour des Trees, a weeklong cycling event which to raise money for the TREE Fund’s research and education programmes. Included in Bartlett’s commitment is recognition as Educational Programmeming Sponsor for the 2012-14 Tours. In 2011 Bartlett’s sponsorship funded the purchase of 500 copies of “I Can Name 50 Trees Today!” a Cat in the Hat Learning Library book by Bonnie Worth. Copies of the book were distributed to schools and public libraries along the Tour route.

“Caring for trees is the foundation of the Bartlett Tree Experts company. By supporting the TREE Fund and the STIHL Tour des Trees, we’re able to do just that,” said Greg Daniels, President of Bartlett Tree Experts. “We’re proud to help fund critical research and education efforts that sustain our urban forests and the trees we love.”

The 2012 STIHL Tour des Trees marks the 20th anniversary of the event, which has raised more than $5 million for tree research and education since the first Tour rolled from Seattle to Oakland in 1992. This year’s cyclists will tackle a 585-mile loop through Oregon Aug. 5-11, a “life list” ride that will showcase the region’s iconic scenery and diverse eco-zones. The Pacific coast, Mt. Hood, the Columbia Gorge and Oregon’s vineyards, orchards and high desert will provide spectacular backdrops for a week of challenging cycling, educational programmes, community engagement and fun. The Tour will return to Portland August 11 for a one-day recreational Ride for Research, and conclude with a Finale Celebration at the International Society of Arboriculture’s annual International Tree Climbing Championship.

“Our sponsors make the continued success of the TREE Fund and its fundraising events possible,” said Janet Bornancin, President/CEO of the TREE Fund. “With the support of partners like Bartlett we are able to reach more and more people each year and raise awareness of the importance of trees and tree care in communities across the country.”

Additional information regarding sponsorship, rider registration and opportunities to support the STIHL Tour des Trees and the TREE Fund are available at www.stihltourdestrees.org

About Bartlett Tree Experts:

The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company was founded in 1907 by Francis A. Bartlett and is the world’s leading scientific tree and shrub care company. The organisation’s current chairman, Robert A. Bartlett Jr., represents the third generation of Bartlett family management. Bartlett has locations in 26 U.S. states, Canada, Ireland and Great Britain. Services include pruning, pest and disease management, fertilisation and soil management, cabling and bracing, tree lightning protection systems and tree/stump removal. Its corporate offices are located in Stamford, Connecticut. To find out more, visit the company’s web site at www.bartlett.com or call 1-877-BARTLETT (227-8538).
 
About the TREE Fund:
The TREE Fund’s mission is to support sustainable communities and environmental stewardship by funding research, scholarships and education programmes essential to the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge in the fields of arboriculture and urban forestry.
 
The TREE Fund has supported research that has led to important developments in:
• Understanding air pollution reduction and carbon sequestration by trees
• Determining the costs and benefits of urban trees
• Improving conditions for tree growth in difficult sites
• Strategies to manage diseases and pests that affect urban trees
 
For more information, visit www.treefund.org.
 
About STIHL Inc.:
STIHL Inc. manufactures the number one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America for homeowners and professional landscapers*, as well as the number one selling brand of chain saws in the world. STIHL products are sold through servicing power equipment retailers from coast to coast — not mass merchants. STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL dealers are for distribution in the United States only. For more information or for the name of a local STIHL retailer, call toll free 1-800-GO STIHL (1-800-467-8445) or visit the STIHL dealer locator on the STIHL website at www.stihlusa.com. For information on job opportunities with STIHL Inc., please go to www.stihlcareers.com. STIHL is an EEO and drug-free work environment.

*"Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research (commercial landscapers) as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2011 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.




For more information, contact:

Kate Lewis
Kate@themeridiangroup.com
757-340-7424

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