Physical Colorado Tour Postponed, Virtual Campaign Plans in the Works
Tour des Trees 2020 Participants,
The TREE Fund Board of Trustees, in response to the effects of the pandemic restrictions and risks, has postponed the Colorado Tour until 2021. Your support of the Tour and donations are vital to the life of TREE Fund, and we are deeply grateful. To enable the TREE Fund family to fully express its support despite the pandemic, we are creating a new virtual Tour. The details will follow.
Registration for the new 2021 Tour in Colorado will open in January.
We’re also thankful for your patience and understanding as we analyzed whether the traditional Tour was possible, reasonable, and responsible. Among the many factors considered, your responses to the survey were most important. As many of you indicated by your responses, an event held during uncertain times faces countless hurdles involving logistics, finances, diminished participation, insurance, public health, regulations, and more. In the end, no matter what precautions we might take, the risk to rider and volunteer safety was higher than we could take in good conscience. You matter.
Our priority now is to get a virtual campaign underway. Happily, the new virtual Tour will offer engagement and tree comradery as we carry on “Rollin’ in Place” this year (a lot of exciting fundraising incentives and ideas are in store!), with plans to host Tour des Trees in Colorado in 2021. Keep an eye on your inboxes for more information. We invite all to participate and look forward to engaging with you virtually!
Please note that, because registration fees cannot be refunded or deferred, anyone who previously registered for Tour des Trees 2020 “Rollin’ the Rockies” will receive a Tour des Trees “Rollin’ in Place” jersey. If you did not previously place your jersey order, Maggie will be in touch to collect your sizing information. Jerseys will also be available for sale; more details to come. In addition to this, there is no way to express the depth of our gratitude for those of you who have already gone above and beyond in your fundraising efforts this year. We are grateful and will continue to pursue methods of showing our thanks as we work our way through these changes. (All prior donations will simply be absorbed into the virtual campaign, and riders will be included in all fundraising incentives moving forward.)
Thank you again for your patience, understanding, and continued support of TREE Fund. The funds raised by the Tour are what keep TREE Fund up and running and we are so very grateful that when times get tough we can depend on you, our TREE family.
Russell King, TREE Fund President and CEO
Paul Wood, Tour Director
Maggie Harthoorn, Community Engagement Manager
What is the Tour des Trees?
The Tour des Trees is an annual long-distance cycling adventure which serves as the primary public outreach and community engagement event for Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund). Since 1992, Tour des Trees riders have cycled through communities in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., planting trees, educating children and shining a light on the work done by arboriculture professionals and the importance of science-based tree care.
The Tour des Trees serves to advance TREE Fund’s mission of supporting scientific discovery and dissemination of new knowledge in arboriculture and urban forestry. TREE Fund research has produced better ways to plant and care for urban trees, making them more resilient, more resistant to pests, and less prone to failure. The Tour also supports education programs aimed at connecting young people with the environment and career opportunities in green industries. TREE Fund has been able to disburse more than $4.4 million in grant and scholarship funding since 2002, and the Tour des Trees has been a key component in the organization’s ongoing success.
Full-Tour cyclists commit to raising at least $3,500 for TREE Fund; part-time riders have reduced commitments. Event expenses are defrayed by TREE Fund’s generous partners, so funds raised by riders can be applied to new grants, payments on multi-year grants awarded in prior years, or added to permanent endowment funds that will sustain research into the future.
The 2020 Tour des Trees will be pivoting to a virtual platform this year in order to ensure the safety of our participants. More news about our new virtual campaign will be announced soon. Tour des Trees will plan to take place in Colorado in 2021.
The links below provide key information for riders, volunteers, donors, and those considering participating in or supporting the event. We hope to see you on the Tour this year!
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