Swingle Plant Pathologist Rides in 14th STIHL Tour des Trees

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Steve Geist and Jon Elliott to cycle in America’s Largest Fundraiser for Tree Research in the 20th Annual STIHL Tour des Trees.

Steve Geist, Swingle Plant Pathologist
Tree care is the result of great research, and much of this research was funded by the TREE Fund,” said Geist. “This will be my 14th consecutive Tour raising nearly $80,000.The Tour is a great way that I can help raise money for the tree care industry

Steve Geist, an Aurora plant pathologist for Swingle Lawn, Tree and Landscape Care, is training and fundraising to ride in the 20th Annual STIHL Tour des Trees to benefit the TREE Fund. Jon Elliott a Landscape Care Consultant at Swingle will be riding in the event this year as well. The Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund) supports education and research in the fields of arboriculture and urban forestry in order to benefit trees, people, and the environment. Riders from across the nation will congregate in Virginia Beach, Va. on Oct. 2 to start their seven-day, 500-mile bike ride to Washington D.C.

“Tree care is the result of great research, and much of this research was funded by the TREE Fund,” said Geist. “This will be my 14th consecutive Tour raising nearly $80,000.The Tour is a great way that I can help raise money for the tree care industry."

Geist and Elliott are well on their way to raising the $3,500 minimum donation required to take part in the ride, which helps to fund scientific research grants, education programs and scholarships administered by the TREE Fund. To contribute to Geist’s and Elliott’s fundraising efforts, visit the donation page at http://stihltourdestrees.org/slide/donate-today/.

The 2011 “VA2DC” Tour des Trees kicks-off in Virginia Beach with the Ride for Research, a 30-mile loop around Virginia Beach to raise awareness of the TREE Fund and the importance of research to the sustainability of our urban forests. The following day, riders will be shuttled to Williamsburg; from there the Tour will cycle through Richmond, Charlottesville, Front Royal, and Reston. The ride concludes Oct. 8 at American University in Washington D.C.

“The impact of the STIHL Tour des Trees cyclists goes beyond fundraising,” said Janet Bornancin, executive director of the TREE Fund. “They are ambassadors for the TREE Fund and the tree care industry; carrying the message of the importance of science-based tree care to the communities we visit. They are passionate about research, and they’re willing to ride a bike 500 miles (rain or shine) and personally raise substantial amounts of money to ensure that the TREE Fund’s research and education programs remain viable. Their dedication is extraordinary, and the research they’ve funded over the years has led to significant advances in how we care for the trees in our communities.”

More information on registering to ride in the STIHL Tour des Trees, donating to the 2011 riders, and other opportunities for supporting the TREE Fund can be found at http://www.stihltourdestrees.org. Major sponsors include Title Sponsor STIHL Inc., Crown Sponsor Bartlett Tree Experts and TREE Fund Partners Asplundh Tree Expert Co., Dominion Virginia Power and KASK Helmets; The Davey Tree Expert Co., APS, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Arborwell, Casey Trees, Lewis Tree Service, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), National Grid, NGK Spark Plugs, and West Coast Arborists.

About Swingle Lawn, Tree and Landscape Care
Founded in 1947, Swingle Lawn, Tree and Landscape Care has grown to be one of the most respected residential and commercial landscape care companies in Colorado. Swingle supports numerous community initiatives throughout the Colorado Front Range. For more information, please contact Aaron Dennis at (303) 337-6200 or visit http://www.MySwingle.com.

About the TREE Fund:
The TREE Fund’s mission is to identify and fund projects and programs that advance knowledge in the field of arboriculture and urban forestry to benefit people, trees, and the environment.

The TREE Fund has supported research that has led to important developments in:

  • Improving conditions for tree growth in difficult sites
  • Implementing strategies to manage diseases and pests that affect urban trees
  • Understanding air pollution reduction and carbon sequestration by trees
  • Quantifying the costs and benefits of urban trees

For more information, visit http://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 http://www.stihlusa.com.

*"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.

STIHL is pleased to support the work of Independent We Stand , the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund) , International Society of Arboriculture (ISA ), the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) , National FFA , Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) , the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) , National Hispanic Landscape Alliance and the National Association of State Park Directors .

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