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Casey Trees to welcome STIHL Tour des Trees cyclists to D.C.

This story comes to us from Jared Powell:

Casey Trees is preparing to welcome nearly 60 cyclists who will be riding into the District Saturday, Oct. 8 on the second to last leg of the 20th annual STILH® Tour des Trees, a weeklong, 485-mile cycling tour benefiting the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund).

In D.C., cyclists will participate in a tree planting at the U.S. National Arboretum and visit Casey Trees' headquarters for lunch and tours of the site’s bioretention planters and green roofs. The tour concludes at The American University Woods-Brown Amphitheater at 2:00 p.m. with closing ceremonies immediately following. Chuck Leavell, keyboardist for the Rolling Stones, will serve as keynote speaker and join The Tom Principato Band to entertain the crowds.

Casey Trees is a co-sponsor of the 2011 STIHL® Tour des Trees. The seven day tour originates in Virginia Beach and stops in Williamsburg, Richmond, Charlottesville, Front Royal and Reston before concluding in the nation’s capital. Cyclists participate in tree planting and public awareness events at each stop.

“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.”

For more information on the Tour des Trees, visit www.stihltourdestrees.org.