This monthly newsletter will contain details needed leading up to the 2022 Tour des Trees. We are grateful to you for joining us.
I Wanna Iowa!

Tour des Trees week is almost here! As we get closer, be sure to check out our Participant Resources page to get addresses, timelines, daily itineraries, and route information. The week beforehand, we'll send out a final Ride Guide to review all the routes and how to access them. There are also specific links there that will help with packing checklists, travel logistics, and shipping information.

At the end of the Tour, if you need to use the shuttle to the Omaha airport or need to join the caravan back to Des Moines and have not yet alerted Jonathan to your needs, please do that now so that we can plan out seats and space.

If you have not yet joined, be sure to join the Tour des Trees Strava page and Facebook page to stay engaged with other riders.

Finally, remember, the fundraising deadline for individuals is September 30. Keep up the good work!
Guest Meal Information:

If you plan on bringing a friend or family member along to one of our meals, that's great! We just need to know ahead of time which meal they will be attending and if they have any dietary restrictions. Please email Jonathan by the end of the month if you will be bringing a guest to one of the meals. Payment for those can be taken on site that day via credit card. $25 for breakfast or lunch, $50 for dinner.
Shipping Bikes Back:

We received confirmation from the Lied Lodge and yes, for those that plan on shipping their bike home after the end of the Tour, you are able to ship it from the Lied Lodge. This means you can ship your bike from Nebraska City or from Des Moines. In either case, be sure to have your shipping label ready and printed ahead of time. (Lied Lodge has informed us that UPS is the only option for shipping from their location as they are not a FedEx pick-up site.)

If you are planning on shipping your bike out of the Lied Lodge or if you are planning on flying out of Omaha and are taking your bike with you, please let either Jonathan or Paul know ahead of time or when you arrive so that we can plan on bringing your bike box with us.
Engagement Opportunities:

The Tour des Trees involves a lot of riding miles which takes up the majority of our time each day, but another very important aspect of this event is our community engagement to help spread the word about the importance of proper tree care, the importance of tree science and research, and to talk about what the TREE Fund does to support both of these and the arborists that benefit from it.

While not required, our riders are encouraged and welcome to help with these engagement events and bring their expertise to the table. Below is a list of our engagement events for this year. If you are interested in helping out with any of these, we'll ask for volunteers at the beginning of the week and/or the morning of, before we depart. In some cases, if you want to help out and would like to be shuttled to or from the location of the event, we'll make those arrangements.

Engagement Events with volunteer needs:*

  • Monday 9/5: Prof. Pricklethorn presentation at Newton Arboretum, 10:30am
  • Monday 9/5: ISU tree dedication, before dinner
  • Tuesday 9/6: Tree planting at Iowa Arboretum, around 9:45am
  • Wednesday 9/7: Tree planting in memory of Will Nutter and John Harsch, 8:00am (before departure)
  • Friday 9/9: Student engagement event at Peru State University, 10:15am
  • Friday 9/9: Prof. Pricklethorn presentations at Arbor Day Farm, 1:30 and 2:30pm
  • Friday 9/9: Tree planting at Arbor Day Farm, 2:00pm

*Engagement event times may change based on arrival times or delays. More events for 2022 may be added.
Virtual Tour des Trees Info:

Those that are participating in the virtual ride option should look for an email around the last week of August with information containing links to our streaming events for virtual participants only. Mark your calendars for these times.

Tuesday, Sept 6. 4:00pm Central
Yoga with Lisa from OneTreeLove

Wednesday, Sept 7. 8:30pm Central
Meditation with Dr. Hallie Dozier

We will also email links to videos during the week so you can experience even more of the tour from your home.
TREE Fund Webinar LIVE from Tour des Trees

We are excited to announce that we are adding another TREE Fund webinar to our schedule for this year and we'll be doing it LIVE from the Tour des Trees!

The webinar will take place at 7:30pm on Wednesday, September 7 and will feature a presentation from Chris Riley, PhD, of Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories titled, "Examining the connection between woody plant biodiversity and arthropod pest management interventions in residential landscapes."

The webinar will be streamed to our hotel where our moderator will be situated and we'll be do a quick check-in with the riders before the presentation starts. CEU credit will be available for any rider that attends.
Vaccination reminder

As a reminder, since we will be sleeping and eating in the same spaces, we are asking that all our riders and volunteers in this year's Tour des Trees receive their initial COVID-19 vaccinations before arriving to the tour. If you are not comfortable traveling with your vaccination card and would like to email a photo of it to us for our records, you can email that to Jonathan beforehand. Dependent on local and/or national recommendations at the time, we may ask to see your card when checking in, if we do not have a copy of it. (If you participated in the 2021 TdT, we already have your cards from last year, so you are already set.)
A Note from Paul:

Hello Friends,

As we approach the 2022 Tour des Trees, we will be publishing two final Ride Guides. The first will outline the critical components of the Expectations we have for the Participants of the Tour des Trees and include the Principles that we ask you to adhere to, to ensure a safe experience for everyone.

While most of these issues are covered in our Participant Resource Page, I wanted to highlight and emphasize just how important adherence to these published principles are.

First, the Tips and Expectations serve as the basis for a successful and safe Tour and we ask that you read them carefully and always adhere to them while participating in the Tour des Trees. If any of the items addressed in this document are unclear please feel free to reach out to me or Jonathan. There is a lot of ground covered in this document, but the most critical elements are the importance of Safe Cycling and knowing that you serve as an Ambassador to the TREE Fund, the Tour and the industry you care so much about when you don your TdT Jersey.

Please remember that safety is everyone’s responsibility. Your actions while out on the course will affect not only you but those around you. 
  • The Tour des Trees is not a race! 
  • The Tour des Trees is a rules of the road ride. You must adhere to all state and local traffic laws while participating.
  • When riding in a pack, the key component is to Be Predictable Cyclists!
  • Within your pack, communicate your actions and all potential hazards.
  • Be attentive.
  • Be courteous.
  • Have fun! 

The key attributes of Safe Cycling in Any Situation are Situational Awareness, Predictive Decision Making, Communication & Cooperation! 

Safety is No Accident!

Paul Wood 
Tour Director, Tour des Trees
Phone - (843) 693-8448
Important Dates:

  • Ride Check-in and Orientation: September 3
  • Riding Days: September 4-9
  • Closing Breakfast and Bike Shipping: September 10
  • Team Fundraising and Matching Gifts Deadline: September 20
  • Fundraising Deadline: September 30
The TREE Fund is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to identify and fund programs that support the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge in arboriculture and urban forestry.
Thank you to our
Crown and Diamond Partners! 

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all of our partners