TREE Fund announced that Tour des Trees will be held from August 29 to September 4, 2020 in Colorado with a target distance of approximately 300 miles over five full days of riding. ISA Rocky Mountain Chapter is collaborating with TREE Fund on the 28th annual staging of our most important community engagement event. Opening check-in and dinner will be on Saturday afternoon/evening, August 29, with a closing dinner celebration on Thursday, September 3 followed by top fundraiser awards, check-out and bike shipping on the morning of Friday, September 4.
The Tour des Trees is an annual long-distance cycling adventure, which serves as the primary public outreach and community engagement event for Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund). Since 1992, Tour des Trees riders have cycled through communities in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., planting trees, educating children and shining a light on the work done by arboriculture professionals and the importance of science-based tree care.
The Tour des Trees serves to advance TREE Fund’s mission of supporting scientific discovery and dissemination of new knowledge in arboriculture and urban forestry. TREE Fund research has produced better ways to plant and care for urban trees, making them more resilient, more resistant to pests, and less prone to failure. The Tour also supports education programs aimed at connecting young people with the environment and career opportunities in green industries. TREE Fund has been able to disburse more than $4.4 million in grant and scholarship funding since 2002, and the Tour des Trees has been a key component in the organization’s ongoing success.
Full-Tour cyclists commit to raising at least $3,500 for TREE Fund; part-time riders have reduced commitments. Event expenses are defrayed by TREE Fund’s generous partners, so funds raised by riders can be applied to new grants, payments on multi-year grants awarded in prior years, or added to permanent endowment funds that will sustain research into the future.