Eighty-five cyclists participating in the annual Stihl Tour des Trees scheduled for Oct. 25-31 will help raise money to benefit the urban forest. Just over a week before the 561-mile bike hike from Orlando to Fort Lauderdale, FL, was set to begin, more than $575,000 had been raised.
Tree plantings and community engagement are hallmarks of every Tour. Professor Elwood Pricklethorn (aka Toronto arborist and veteran Tour cyclist Warren Hoselton) will provides educational programs for young audiences along the way.The Tour also adds new trees to the growing urban forest planted by its cyclists.
Since 1992, the Tour des Trees has generated more than $7.2 million and has funded a variety of research projects and educational programs for budding tree care specialists provided through treefund.org.
To learn more about the Tour des Trees, visit stihltourdestrees.org.