May 2022
"Tree species that are ideal for carbon sequestration are large, long-lived, dense trees—like oaks—that will safely keep carbon out of the atmosphere for hundreds of years. Simply put, every oak you plant and nurture helps to moderate our rapidly deteriorating climate better than the overwhelming majority of plant species."

--Douglas Tallamy in
The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees
Tour des Trees registration deadline June 20

We are now in the homestretch for registration for the 2022 Tour des Trees. Registration for the in-person ride will end on June 20. Please visit for more information and to register.

Join TREE Fund in Iowa this year for a Tour des Trees that will certainly be a memorable one. This year's tour will take place from September 3 through 10 with ride options of one to six days to fit your schedule. Ride with us and help spread the word on proper tree care as we travel to Des Moines, Pella, Ames, Creston, and top off the ride with two nights at the Arbor Day Farm.

The Arbor Day Farm offers 260 acres of natural beauty and outdoor exploration. Riders will stay at the luxurious Lied Lodge, with soothing nature-inspired decor and will get to experience wine and cider tastings, hikes, tours, the Tree Adventure, a bonfire, presentations, and more. 

The TREE Fund has awarded more than $4.8 million in grants and scholarships for tree care research and programs and we could not do this without the support of our Tour des Trees riders and donors. Thank you to everyone that has supported the ride over the years and helped us continue our mission. Let's continue to do great things in the name of arboriculture! To support a Tour des Trees rider or team, visit
TREE Fund board meets at Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories & Arboretum

The TREE Fund Board of Trustees' May meeting was hosted by the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories & Arboretum in Charlotte, NC. Due to the risks and restrictions of the pandemic, the board had not met in person since December 2019.

Trustee Patrick Franklin gave the board a tour of the arboretum and introduced the board to several researchers who spoke of their projects at the lab. Highlights of the board meeting included the 2021 audited financial report and selection of the latest round of grant and scholarship winners. Watch for details on the awards in upcoming issues of the TREE PRESS.

"In moments like these," said Russell King, president and CEO of the TREE Fund, "the word grateful almost seems too mild. Our two fruitful days--gathering again as friends, welcoming new members, effectively conducting important business, breaking bread and sharing laughs together, viewing the beautiful collection of trees at the arboretum, and learning about the fascinating research going on at the lab--were made both possible and more enjoyable by our host's gracious generosity. This was a genuine blessing."

The TREE Fund offers heartfelt thanks to Bartlett Tree Experts for this special gift and to all our donors who support the TREE Fund mission.
Lead Donors

We are deeply grateful to the following people and organizations who contributed $2,500 or more to the TREE Fund in March and April 2022:

Randall H. Miller
New York State Arborists, ISA Chapter, Inc.

The Davey Tree Expert Company
Wright Service Corp.
Altec/Styslinger Foundation, Inc.
Wisconsin Arborist Association
Don Lockwood
Bruce Berard

See the full list of lead donors who make our vital tree research and education work possible on our website.
Free Webinars for 2022

The TREE Fund is proud to partner with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System to bring you free education offerings. We are now able to accommodate up to 3,000 participants!

Non-invasive tree root detection: What is the state of the art?
Tuesday, Nov. 1 at noon (Central Time)
Andrew Millward, PhD, and Justin Miron, PhD student, Ryerson University

Engaging underserved populations in community tree management activities
Tuesday, Dec. 6 at noon (Central Time)
Jason Gordon, PhD, University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc.

The TREE Fund’s 1-hour webinars are free and offer 1.0 CEU credit for live broadcasts from the International Society of Arboriculture and the Society of American Foresters. Registration information becomes available on our website approximately one month before each webinar date. 

Missed a webinar? Watch it anytime on our website.

CEU Credit for Recorded Webinar
TREE Fund now offers ISA CEU credits for one recorded webinar: "Loading of a Tie-in Point While Climbing." If you missed this webinar, you can now watch the recording and earn ISA CEU credits by completing a 20 question quiz with 80% accuracy. Learn more on our website.
TREE Fund Achieves Highest Rating

For the third consecutive year, the TREE Fund has reached Guidestar's highest level of achievement for nonprofit transparency--the platinum award. GuideStar is the world's largest and most authoritative source of information on nonprofit organizations. Major donors tend to look to GuideStar as the “seal of approval” before making donations.
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