Bartlett Tree Experts Renews Sponsorship of TREE Fund

Tree Care Industry Leader is Research Foundation’s “Crown Sponsor”

Bartlett Tree Experts today announced that it has signed on as “Crown Sponsor” of the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund) for 2011, renewing its role as lead sponsor of the Naperville, IL, based foundation. The TREE Fund is internationally recognized as the leading non-governmental source of funding for scientific research, scholarships and education programs related to arboriculture and urban forestry. This is Bartlett’s second year as TREE Fund Crown Sponsor, which carries a commitment of financial and in-kind support valued at $50,000. Bartlett has been a lead supporter of the TREE Fund since the foundation’s inception in 2002.

Included in Bartlett’s sponsorship commitment is support of the 2011 STIHL Tour des Trees, a weeklong cycling event that has become the signature fundraiser for the TREE Fund and America’s largest fundraiser for tree research. A portion of Bartlett’s sponsorship will underwrite the purchase of 500 copies of “I Can Name 50 Trees Today!” a Cat in the Hat Learning Library book by Bonnie Worth. Copies of the book will be distributed to children at schools and libraries in Virginia this fall during the STIHL Tour des Trees “VA2DC Tour” which will cycle from Virginia Beach, VA to Washington DC October 2-8. Arboriculture education for schoolchildren is a key component of the Tour des Trees, and the cyclists will visit several schools during their 500-mile ride.

Last year’s STIHL Tour des Trees “Chicago Loop Tour” raised $450,000 dollars for tree research. Bartlett’s Crown Sponsorship was key to the success of the 2010 event and included the donation and installation of three trees in Chicago’s Millennium Park as a legacy of the Tour’s launch from downtown Chicago.

The 2011 STIHL Tour des Trees “VA2DC Tour” kicks off with a one-day recreational Ride for Research in Virginia Beach on Oct. 2, which is open to the public. The weeklong VA2DC Tour also includes stopovers in Williamsburg, Richmond, Charlottesville, Front Royal (via Skyline Drive) and Reston before concluding October 8 in Washington DC.  Along the way the cyclists will visit schools, libraries, historic landmarks and community centers where they will plant trees and educate the public about the importance of properly caring for their communities’ trees. Bartlett tree care professionals will be on hand to support these local events as well. The fundraising goal for the 2011 event is set at $500,000.

“The research the TREE Fund supports through its fundraising efforts is vitally important to our communities and the environment,” said Robert Bartlett Jr., Chairman and CEO of Bartlett Tree Experts. “Sponsoring the TREE Fund is one of the ways Bartlett Tree Experts can help in preserving our urban forests.”

Since its inception in 1992, the TREE Fund has distributed more than $6 million to support tree research and education, funding research into disease control, pesticide use, planting, pruning, mulching and irrigation techniques for urban trees and safer techniques and equipment for those who care for them.

“Our sponsors are the key to the continued success of the TREE Fund and its fundraising events,” said Janet Bornancin, executive director of the TREE Fund. “With the support of enlightened partners like Bartlett we reach more and more people each year and raise awareness of the importance of trees and tree care in communities across the country.”

Additional information regarding sponsorship, rider registration and opportunities to support the STIHL Tour des Trees and the TREE Fund is available at

About the TREE Fund:
The TREE Fund’s mission is to identify and fund projects and programs that advance knowledge in the field of arboriculture and urban forestry to benefit people, trees, and the environment.

The TREE Fund has supported research that has led to important developments in:

  • Improving conditions for tree growth in difficult sites
  • Implementation of strategies to manage diseases and pests that affect urban trees
  • Understanding air pollution reduction and carbon sequestration by trees
  • Quantifying the costs and benefits of urban trees

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About Bartlett Tree Experts:
The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company was founded in 1907 by Francis A. Bartlett and is the world’s leading scientific tree and shrub care company.  The organization’s current chairman, Robert A. Bartlett Jr., represents the third generation of Bartlett family management.  Bartlett has offices in 25 U.S. states, Canada, Ireland and Great Britain. Services include pruning, integrated pest and disease management, soil analysis and management, cabling and bracing, tree lightning protection systems and tree/stump removal. Its corporate offices are located in Stamford, Connecticut. 

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