August 24, 2019

CBA Environmental Section’s 2013 Trees Project to Receive ABA 2014 State or Local Bar Environment, Energy, and Resources Program of the Year Award

treeOn Monday,  August 4, 2014, the American Bar Association announced that the CBA’s Environmental Law Section’s 2013 Trees Project will receive the ABA’s 2014 State or Local Bar Environment, Energy, and Resources Program of the Year Award. The award recognizes the best continuing legal education program or service project focused on issues regarding environmental, natural resources, or energy law. The award will be presented on August 10 at the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston.

The CBA’s 2013 Trees Project was developed by the Environmental Law Section in an effort to help remediate some of the devastating effects of wildfires in 2012. The project connected local bar associations and attorneys with other community associations to plant trees and help educate people about the dangers of wildfires. Over 4,200 trees were planted as part of the 2013 Trees Project.

Ann Rhodes and Maki Latidris, members of the Environmental Law Section Advisory Council, championed the effort and worked to gain support for the 2013 Trees Project from the CBA Board of Governors and the community. They planned tree planting days in five burn areas: Colorado Springs (Waldo Canyon Fire), Durango (Weber Fire), Jefferson County (Hayman Fire), Boulder (Four Mile Canyon Fire), and Fort Collins (High Park Fire). The projects were modeled on successful tree planting projects in Boulder in 2011 and 2012.

The 2013 Trees Project was a branch of the ABA’s 1 Million Trees Project, an effort to bring volunteers together to plant one million trees across the country by 2014.

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