In this case, it’s the STIHL Tour des Trees, a weeklong, 500-mile cycling event held each year to benefit the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund). Since 1992, the Tour des Trees has raised more than $7.2 million for research and education programs related to arboriculture and urban forestry. This year’s event takes place Oct. 25-31, in Florida, from Orlando to Fort Lauderdale. Every full-Tour participant commits to raising a minimum of $3,500 for the TREE Fund in addition to pedaling 500-plus miles in the week, rain or shine. The Tour also funds education programs aimed at connecting young people with the environment and with career opportunities in the green industries. For more information, visit

They Said What?

“The more forests die, the less carbon they take out of the air, the warmer it gets, the more forests die … It’s a thermostat gone bad.”

Dr. Nate McDowell, of the Los Alamos (New Mexico) National Laboratory, in a Rolling Stone article on how climate change may alter forests worldwide, specifically woodlands of the Southwest.

“Our spider lift in action at a job in Gainesville, Georgia. Having the right equipment makes a job go smoothly.”

Feb. 27 Facebook post from Caldwell Tree Care.

Believe It or Not

While redwood trees drop seeds, few of these seeds actually grow into trees. Most redwoods growing naturally in the forest come from sprouts that emerge from the base of a mother tree’s trunk or from its roots. Redwoods also grow taller than any other tree in the world.

By the #’s

58 Degrees (Fahrenheit), temperature at which the adult Southern pine beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis) — primary pest of the southern pine forests — becomes active, in warmer months.

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