Virginia Beach, Va. — In recognition of Arbor Day, STIHL Inc. is proud to announce its support of recovery efforts in two Pacific Northwest state parks with the planting of 2,021 trees in 2021. In response to the devastating effects of wildfires in 2020, STIHL will collaborate with state parks in California and Oregon to help restore these natural treasures.
The project will span the year, focusing on Collier Memorial State Park in Chiloquin, Oregon. and Lake Oroville State Recreation Area in Oroville, California, with an official kickoff June 7-9.
In addition to funds for trees, STIHL will donate augers for efficient planting. To assist with clearing burned and hazardous trees, STIHL is also providing the expertise of two professional arborists, Mark Chisholm and Katelyn Johnson. Both will join STIHL representatives to offer training to park personnel. Volunteers with All Hands and Hearts, a natural disaster relief organization, will assist with planting.
“We’re excited to work alongside the dedicated staff who love and care for our country’s amazing state parks,” said Roger Phelps, STIHL Inc. corporate communications manager. “It’s an honor to do our part to assist in the recovery effort, and plant trees and offer expert advice on safe management practices to ensure our parks thrive.”
Wildfires impacted more than 1.2 million acres across Oregon in 2020. The tumultuous weather events resulted in the evacuation of 40,000 people, disrupting entire communities with loss of life and infrastructure. In Collier Memorial State Park, 400 of the park’s 537 acres burned. Collier, located north of Klamath Falls, attracts more than 300,000 visits a year and features a world-famous outdoor museum of historic logging equipment.
”Oregon’s special places become parks in the first place thanks to community support, and it’s wonderful to have support again when they need help recovering from a disaster,” said Lisa Sumption, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Director. “The wildfires of 2020 wounded Oregon in many ways, and we’re thankful to STIHL for stepping up to help Collier start on the long road to recovery.”
In Northern California, more than 650 fires ignited during mid-August 2020. The North Complex fire, combined with the Potters fire, impacted approximately 70% of the 168 miles of shoreline that is considered Lake Oroville State Recreation Area. The record-breaking intensity of the fires resulted in complete loss of vegetation surrounding some of the recreation facilities, such as boat launches, campgrounds and trails.
“Our neighboring communities at Lake Oroville State Recreation Area, our staff, and their families have faced a number of unprecedented challenges in recent years,” said California State Parks Director Armando Quintero. “It is an honor to partner with STIHL and acknowledges the devastation that these communities have suffered and the importance of restoring the recreation areas around them. It is a vital part of everyone’s regrowth.”
At both state parks, STIHL will be joined by noted conservation advocate Ryan Callaghan, director of conservation for MeatEater and host of “Cal’s Week in Review,” a podcast presented by STIHL. “I’m really looking forward to working and learning alongside STIHL and state park employees as we begin the recovery work in these important state parks,” said Callaghan. “Timber management is crucial to overall forest health as well as wildlife habitat and is an incredibly important tool in the conservation tool kit. I am excited to join the staff and volunteers and bring attention to this important project.”
About STIHL Inc.
STIHL Inc. manufactures the number one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America,* as well as the number one selling brand of chain saws in the world. STIHL is also the number one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment among U.S. landscape professionals.** STIHL products are sold through a network of more than 10,000 authorized local STIHL Dealers from coast to coast – not big box stores. Located in Virginia Beach, Va., STIHL Inc., the U.S. affiliate of the global STIHL Group, exports to more than 80 countries around the world; and the majority of STIHL products sold in America are also built in America.*** STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL Dealers are for distribution in the United States only. For more information or for the name of a local STIHL Dealer, call toll free 1-800-GO STIHL (1-800-467-8445) or visit STIHLusa.com.
*”Number one selling brand” is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2020 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers. **“Number one selling” claim based on 2007-2020 syndicated Irwin Broh Research of the U.S. professional landscaper market. ***A majority of STIHL gasoline-powered units sold in the United States are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.
STIHL Inc. is pleased to support the work of Independent We Stand, the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), National Association of Landscape Professionals, the National Association of State Park Directors, and the North American Hardware and Paint Association.
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