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American Bar Association and TreeUtah Team Up to Plant Trees in Salt Lake Valley

CHICAGO, March 4, 2010 –The American Bar Association is teaming up with TreeUtah to plant trees in South Jordan City, Utah, as part of the Great Salt Lake Audubon Society’s Jordan River Migratory Bird Habitat Restoration Project, on Saturday, March 20 from 1 - 4 p.m. 

This service project is being held in conjunction with the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources 39th Annual Conference on Environmental Law.

The tree planting is part of the ABA’s One Million Trees Project, a five-year national effort to plant one million trees across the United States. At the March 20 event at the Jordan River Migratory Bird Habitat, volunteers from ABA will join thousands of community-minded volunteers including students from local public schools and the University of Utah and volunteers from local boy and girl scout troops and community businesses, to plant seedlings and small trees, adding to the existing riparian habitat used by migratory song birds and other wildlife.

In cooperation with several partners, TreeUtah is responsible for the restoration and management of 119 acres of Jordan River floodplain. The Jordan River is a migration and habitat corridor between Utah Lake and the Great Salt Lake, and a biological sanctuary between Utah's West Desert and the Wasatch Range. Local avian ecologists have designated this area as critical habitat for 98 species of song birds in Utah that require lower elevation riparian habitat. The site is located at the heart of the Great Salt Lake flyway and is a crucial stopover for hundreds of thousands of migrating birds each season.

Since November 1998, TreeUtah has planted more than 60,000 native seedlings on approximately 90 acres of the floodplain. This has been made possible with the help of nearly 5,000 volunteers who have dedicated in excess of 50,000 hours of their time to this future woodland.

ABA members are encouraged to contribute to the One Million Trees Project by participating in hands-on tree planting activities in their communities, engaging in publicity and educational outreach efforts throughout the year, and purchasing a tree through any of the program partners. Through public outreach and partnering efforts, this project aims to raise the nation’s awareness of the multiple benefits of trees and their role in helping to fight climate change.

About the American Bar Association

The ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources is the premier forum for lawyers working in areas related to environmental law, natural resources law, and energy law.

With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice and to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

About TreeUtah

Since 1990, TreeUtah has planted more than 300,000 trees throughout the State of Utah.  TreeUtah is dedicated to tree planting and education in an effort to inspire and empower local communities to become active, knowledgeable stewards of their natural environment.  For more information, visit http://www.treeutah.org/index.htm.

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Editor’s note: Reporters are invited to this event. The project will be held on March 20 at the Jordan River Migratory Bird Habitat. Directions and press credentials may be obtained by contacting Lynne Van Buskirk at 312/988-6136 or vanbuskl@staff.abanet.org.


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