What does a chainsaw company have to do with saving trees?

stihl tour de treesA company known for its lawn and garden tools — chiefly its chainsaws — and a NGO that strives to raise money and support for arboriculture efforts and education seems to be the most unlikely of marriages.

But that is exactly what STIHL and The TREE Fund have done in coming together for the STIHL Tour des Trees — and this year is actually the 20th anniversary of the ride.

This year the week-long, 500 mile bike ride takes participants through the beautiful state of Oregon, and will kick off this Sunday, August 5th, and run through Saturday August 11th.

But why does a chainsaw company sponsor such a huge tree benefit?

I spoke with Anita Gambill of STIHL and asked her that very question. She said,

“STIHL came on as a Tour des Trees sponsor in 2001 as a lower level sponsor and moved up to title sponsor over the years. Why sponsor the STIHL Tour des Trees? To promote industry health AND the health of trees and the communities they’re in.”

Mary Dicarlo of The TREE Fund told me,

“Partnership with STIHL is not a big stretch. They have been a sponsor of the TREE fund for 12 years. Chainsaws are associated with cutting down trees, but they’re the most powerful weapon in the arsenal of arborists.”

Interesting. I had never really thought about the necessity of chainsaws for keeping trees healthy and thriving. In that same vein, STIHL makes some of the most eco-friendly lawn and garden tools on the planet. Many of their gasoline-powered products — including the lowest emissions models available on the market — are also produced here in the USA, (in Virgina Beach, actually) and are shipped to over 90 countries.

The STIHL Tour des Trees is striving to reach $500,000 in donations this year and they’re alllllmost there, sitting at just over $460,000 at the time of this writing. If you’d like to donate to The TREE Fund via the Tour des Trees, you can do so through Active.com.

Have you ever participated in the Tour des Trees, or supported someone who has?

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