Davey gearing up for America’s largest fundraiser for tree research

KENT, Ohio - The Davey Tree Expert Company is gearing up for America's largest fundraiser for tree research this summer - the STIHL Tour des Trees. Davey is providing community educational opportunities on the importance of trees during the weeklong event, which starts in Chicago on July 18 and travels through Illinois.

Registration is open for the 2010 STIHL Tour des Trees' first-ever Ride for Research, a one-day bike ride July 24 to benefit the Tree Research and Education Endowment (TREE) Fund. The Ride for Research is a 35-mile recreational ride through Chicago's scenic western suburbs, with stops at the world-renowned Fermilab and Morton Arboretum research facilities, to raise awareness and money for tree research, education and scholarships.

More than 100 local Chicago riders are expected to join 65 STIHL Tour des Trees cyclists for the Ride for Research, cycling the final leg of the 2010 Tour together and finishing at the Morton Arboretum where the International Tree Climbing Championship is being held. Registration is open online until July 17.

The STIHL Tour des Trees is the TREE Fund's signature fundraising event and America's largest fundraiser for tree research and education. Over the past decade, the Tour has raised more than $4.4 million for the TREE Fund, with nearly half a million dollars raised last year alone. This money supports research projects ranging from improved disease- and pest-control methods to development of technologies that will improve the survival rate of newly-planted urban trees. The TREE Fund also supports research aimed at creating a safer work environment for tree care professionals.

The Tour des Trees is a seven day, 500-mile ride beginning July 18 at Chicago's spectacular Millennium Park. This year's "Chicago Loop Tour" will show off some of northern Illinois' top attractions and most beautiful scenery before looping back to Naperville, home of the TREE Fund, where it will meet up with the Ride for Research cyclists.

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