Thursday, October 6, 2011

Welcoming Tour des Trees to D.C. on Saturday

Casey Trees is excited to welcome the riders of the 20th annual STIHL® Tour des Trees! Nearly 60 cyclists will ride into the District this Saturday for the second to last leg of the week-long, 485-mile cycling tour which benefits the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund). On Saturday, October 8, The Tour des Trees riders will visit the Casey Trees headquarters for lunch and tours of our bioretention planters and green roofs. They will also participate in a tree planting at the U.S. National Arboretum.

The seven day bicycle tour originates in Virginia Beach and stops in Wililamsburg, Richmond, Charlottesville, Front Royal, and Reston before concluding in D.C. Cyclists participate in tree planting and public awareness events at each stop. Casey Trees is a co-sponsor of this year's tour.

"Casey Trees is proud to be a Silver Sponsor of the 2011 STIHL® Tour des Trees," Executive Director Mark Buscaino said. "By supporting the Tour des Trees we are investing in urban forestry research that will significantly benefit the District's urban forest and its neighborhoods for generations to come."

After their visit to Casey Trees, the riders will finish the week-long tour at the American University Woods-Brown Amphitheater at 2:00 p.m. Closing ceremonies will immediately follow. Chuck Leavell, keyboardist for the Rolling Stones, will serve as keynote speaker and join the Tom Principato Band to entertain the crowds.

For more information, visit the Tour des Trees website.

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