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STIHL Sponsors America's State Parks Ambassador Program
10/28/2013
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STIHL press release
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - STIHL Inc. has announced its sponsorship of the America's State Parks Ambassador Program. The youth-led program is seeking applicants between the ages of 16 and 28 to capture the essence of the outdoors through writing, blogging, photography, videos, and social media to increase public awareness of the almost 8,000 state parks throughout the United States. The program is offering ambassadors a chance to win outdoor gear as prizes if they join the movement by November 1.

"America's state parks are some of our most precious national treasures. Social media is a great vehicle to communicate all the activities, fun and education our state parks offer, and helping our nation's young people share their passion and experiences is something that we are very proud to do," said Roger Phelps, promotional communications manager at STIHL Inc.

Joe Elton, director, Virginia State Parks and president of America's State Parks Foundation, said, "Every generation has its leaders who promote the value of a healthy outdoor lifestyle to fellow Americans and they remind us of the therapy one gets from spending time with family and friends in America's close-to-home state parks. This campaign is designed to recruit millennial generation ambassadors for our state parks and we're very fortunate to have some of America's most dynamic corporations supporting our efforts. Having a partner like STIHL that understands the value of caring for and experiencing our natural treasures provides the support that will make this program a success."

As part of their role, state park ambassadors will chronicle their personal experiences in a state park enjoying recreational activities, volunteering to beautify the park or teaching others about nature through articles, photography, video, audio or art and share their stories on the America's State Parks website as well as social media outlets.

Young adults interested in becoming a state park ambassador can fill out the online application form. The America's State Parks team then reviews submissions to select state park ambassadors.

For more information on the program, visit americasstateparks.org/About-Ambassadors.

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 products are sold through servicing power equipment retailers from coast to coast - not mass merchants. Located in Virginia Beach, Va., STIHL Inc., the headquarters for U.S. operations for the worldwide STIHL Group, exports to over 90 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 retailer, call toll free 1-800-GO STIHL (1-800-467-8445), visit stihlusa.com or text your zip code to 78445.

*A majority of STIHL powerheads are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components. "Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2012 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.

STIHL is also pleased to support the work of Independent We Stand, the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund), International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), National FFA, Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), the American Tree Farm System (ATFS), the National Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) and the National Association of State Park Directors.

For information on job opportunities with STIHL Inc., please go to www.stihlcareers.com. STIHL is an EEO and drug-free work environment.

About America's State Parks
America's State Parks is an alliance of public and private organizations established in 2009 to promote and enhance the collective national treasure that is the great park system found across our 50 states. With nearly 8,000 units and nearly three-quarters of a billion annual visits, America's state parks are vital to the American quality of life. Leadership and governance for America's State Parks comes from members of the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) representing every state and each region of the country. The Ambassador Program targeting young adults is America's State Parks flagship program.