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WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2014 — The American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources will honor the 2013 Trees Project of the Colorado Bar Association with its 2014 State or Local Bar Environment, Energy, and Resources Program of the Year Award.
The award, which recognizes the best continuing legal education program or public service project of the year focused on issues in the field of environmental, energy or natural resources law, will be presented Aug. 10 at the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston.
The CBA’s 2013 Trees Project engaged lawyers in an effort to restore the environment and help victims of the 2012 devastating wildfires across Colorado. The project connected local attorneys and bar associations with their communities and other organizations to replant over 4,200 trees in burn areas and educate people on the dangers and effects of fires in their localities.
The 2013 Trees Project was the continuation and expansion of local tree planting projects that had occurred in the Boulder, Colorado, area in 2011-12. Maki Iatridis and Ann Rhodes, two founding members of the ABA’s Million Trees Project, championed the 2013 effort and sought support at the state level for tree-planting projects throughout Colorado.
The CBA’s Environmental Law Section Advisory Council and the CBA Board of Governors supported and approved the use of the bar association’s name, membership and communications channels to organize up to five tree-planting projects in burn areas across the state. The board of governors embraced the idea and committed up to $5,000 to seed the projects.
The ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources is the premier forum for strategies and information for environmental, energy and resource lawyers. Representing nearly 11,000 members with a wide range of professional interests, the section keeps its members abreast of development trends, current court decisions, legislative initiatives and statutes concerning environmental, natural resources and energy law.
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