Stihl Inc. continued its longtime support of environmentally conscious organizations with its sponsorship of the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund’s (TREE Fund) 2008 Tour des Trees and the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)’s International Tree Climbing Championship.
“The Stihl product line features some of the best available technologies and some of the cleanest running outdoor power equipment available today,” said Anita Gambill, representative for Stihl Inc. “We are proud to support the work of organizations like the TREE Fund and the ISA not only in sponsorship of their environmental stewardship, but also in providing low-emission, environmentally responsible tools that tree care professionals can feel good about using.”
Stihl sponsored the 2008 Tour des Trees, a 6-day cross-country cycling and tree-planting event that began in Indianapolis, Ind. on July 21 and ended in St. Louis, Mo. July 26. It is the signature event of the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund), which aims to improve the care of trees through research and education. Research supported by the TREE Fund has led to developments in understanding air pollution and carbon sequestration by trees, determining the costs and benefits of urban trees, and strategies to manage diseases and pests that affect urban trees.
This year’s Tour des Trees also coincided with another event sponsored by Stihl, the ISA’s International Tree Climbing Championship (ITCC) on July 26. Stihl spokesperson Mark Chisholm, one of the world’s top arborists, competed for the 18th time this year, after recently winning his 16th straight title at the New Jersey ISA chapter’s competition. At the ITCC, Chisholm has placed in the top ten for the past 16 years (in the top five for 14 of those events) and currently holds the secured footlock climb world record of 13.8 seconds. Chisholm finished third in this year’s overall championship.
Stihl invests considerable resources in making energy-efficient products that minimize the impact on the environment and is committed to developing powerful, fuel-efficient outdoor power equipment while using production practices that are environmentally responsible.