October 2021
“Going to the woods is going home,
for I suppose we came from the woods originally.”
– John Muir, in The Atlantic Monthly, April, 1900.
One Last Push to Reach the Summit

The 2021 Tour des Trees covered more than 320 miles through the Rocky Mountains, and we are deeply grateful to the 38 in-person riders and 35 virtual participants whose remarkable dedication and effort made the event a success despite many challenges.

One summit, however, remains to be reached. As of this writing the tour has raised more than $244,000. Let's make one last push to hit $250,000!

Tour des Trees donations can be made here until 11:59 PM October 31.

Thank you!
A TREE Fund Grant at Work!

As one participant described it, "It was like a block party, but while planting trees." On Oct. 23, the Akron Parks Collaborative planted more than 80 trees and spread "a mountain of mulch" in its effort to rebuild their community's canopy and make great use of vacant lots. A local arborist provided education on the process and will help with maintenance and upkeep.
The funding was provided by a TREE Fund grant. Established in 2012, the Ohio Chapter International Society of Arboriculture Education Grant Program funds arboricultural education programs or projects within Ohio. The purpose of this grant is to increase the public awareness of and support the advancement of knowledge in the field of arboriculture and urban forestry to benefit people, trees and the environment.

Funding was provided by a TREE Fund grant, and additional support came from: Summit Lake BUILD CORPS; City of Akron, Ohio - Mayor's Office; The Well Community Development Corporation (Community Tool Library); and Let's Grow Akron. Photos by Dan Rowland Photography.
Two New Scholarships
from the TREE Fund

In memory of Will Nutter, his remarkable character, and his exceptional leadership, the Nutter family and Wright Service Corp. have established at the TREE Fund the Will Nutter Memorial Scholarship Fund in support of education. Additional gifts from individuals, corporations, or organizations are encouraged and welcome. The specific criteria for the scholarship will be forthcoming.

You can give to the Will Nutter Memorial Scholarship Fund here.
The Robert Felix Memorial Scholarship Program is the oldest endowed grant program administered by TREE Fund, established in the original 2002 Declaration of Trust that established TREE Fund as a charitable grant-making organization. Starting in 2022, the TREE Fund will be offering two Felix Memorial scholarships!

You can learn more about the Felix Memorial scholarships, their criteria, and the application process here.
Lead Donors

We are deeply grateful to the following people and organizations who contributed $2,500 or more to the TREE Fund in September 2021:

Illinois Arborist Association
International Society of Arboriculture
Mid-Atlantic Chapter ISA
Ohio Chapter ISA
Western Chapter ISA
Wisconsin Arborist Association
Wright Tree Service

See the full list of lead donors who make our vital tree research and education work possible on our website.
TREE Fund Webinar Series 2021

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!

Growing trees in paved sites 
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, at 12 p.m. Central 
Alessio Fini, PhD, University of Milan 

The TREE Fund’s 1-hour webinars are free and offer 1.0 CEU credit for live broadcasts from the International Society of Arboriculture, the Society of American Foresters, the National Association of Landscape Professionals. 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 two recorded webinars: "Loading of a Tie-in Point While Climbing" and "Planning for the Next Three Letter Urban Tree Canopy Changer: Lessons Learned with DED, EAB, ETC." If you missed either one of these webinars, you can now watch the live recordings and earn ISA CEU credits by completing a 20 question quiz with 80% accuracy. Learn more on our website.
TREE Fund Achieves Highest Rating Again

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.
TREE Fund Crown Partners! 
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(630) 369-8300
TREE Fund is a 501(C)3 nonprofit with a mission to explore and share the science of trees contributing to the lives of people, communities, economies, and the environment, and of the planning, planting, and sustainability of urban and community trees.