SEASIDE – A bicycle tour group peddling across the nation to raise money for tree research and education will pay a visit to Seaside in August.

“People need trees, and trees need care to survive and thrive,” said Mary DiCarlo with the STIHL Tour des Trees. “Many people don’t give trees a second thought until some event (often catastrophic) captures their attention, but we all have a responsibility to contribute to the health and well-being of the trees in our lives. The Tour provides (non-catastrophic) events to get people thinking about trees.”

The STIHL Tour des Trees is the signature fundraiser for the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund). Last year’s Tour raised a record $512,000 for tree research and arboriculture education programs.

“Most of the cyclists in the bike tour are tree care professionals who ride each year to share their passion for trees with the people they meet, especially children, and to engage them in active stewardship of the trees in their lives.

“Research provides stronger street tree cultivars and improved propagation, pruning and tree health care techniques for urban foresters,” said DiCarlo. “Research also leads to a safer environment for those who work in and live around trees, as we learn more about how to assess the health and stability of trees and the impact of disease, decay, structural defects and urban encroachment on their structural integrity.”

Jon Rahl, Seaside Visitors Bureau director of marketing and tourism believes the STIHL Tour des Trees offers an exciting opportunity to enhance tourism in the community.

“There will be about 125 riders in this group all staying overnight looking for lodging, restaurants and retail opportunities,” Rahl said. “Our figures show that the average visitor to Seaside spends about $140 a day, so this group will probably have an economic impact of about $17,000 to $20,000.”

Local residents can help welcome the Tour to Seaside at Quatat Park on Sunday August 5 at 4 p.m. or join the Tour for an early-morning tree planting at the arboretum behind the museum at 8:30 a.m. Monday, August 6.

Following the Seaside visit, the group plans to peddle down the Oregon Coast to Tillamook as part of their national tour.

For more information about the group, visit: www.stihltourdestrees.org and www.treefund.org.

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