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Earth Day Tree-Planting Event at Bussey Brook Meadow Urban Wild

Friday, April 29, 2011 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Bussey Brook Meadow Urban Wild - , Jamaica Plain, MA


Join members of the Environmental Law Section to promote the health of this Boston "urban wild" in honor of the 41st Earth Day by preserving existing trees and planting additional native trees.

Earth Day started in 1970 as a grassroots teach-in about environmental degradation in the U.S.  Since then, it has blossomed into a worldwide annual celebration of the natural environment.  Last year members of the Environmental Law Section’s Pro Bono/Public Service Committee established a new Earth Day tradition for our community of planting trees in a local Boston Urban Wild.  Last year’s attendees had a fantastic time at the Allandale Woods Urban Wild, enjoying the opportunity to get some fresh air in the company of their colleagues while giving back to a worthy local environmental cause.  In partnership with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s Urban Wilds Initiative, the Environmental Law Section is again sponsoring an Earth Day event, this time at Bussey Brook Meadow, an “urban wild” managed by the City of Boston.  Bussey Brook is a recent addition to the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain.  It is composed of marsh and upraised filled land, and is home to many native species of plants, mammals and birds.  Attendees will help maintain this open space by planting native trees and removing non-native plant species. 

All BBA members are invited, and are welcome to bring family.  The Environmental Law Section warmly encourages attendance by newer attorneys, as this event is an excellent opportunity to meet colleagues and learn about their work.  All trees, plants, and tools for this event will be provided by the City. Participants are encouraged to wear shoes and clothes suitable for outdoor work and should bring work gloves and their own lunch/snacks and beverages. A guided trail walk of the property will be offered after lunch. Children with parental supervision are welcome! We suggest a voluntary contribution of $10 per participant to offset the Urban Wilds program's costs for trees, plants, and tools. Greater contributions on behalf of organizations are most welcome.  Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. Bussey Brook is located in Jamaica Plain, tucked between the MBTA Orange Line station at Forest Hills and the Arnold Arboretum.  It is directly adjacent to the upper level of the MBTA Orange Line station at Forest Hills in Jamaica Plain, and the work area is a 10 minute walk down South Street.  Those arriving by car (taking the T or carpooling is highly suggested) may utilize a parking area on South Street.  More information regarding transportation will be provided upon registration.

Please contact Jenny Rushlow at (617) 621-6554 or  if you have questions or need more information. The PDF registration form is available here and should be submitted to Jenny Rushlow by April 15.  Space is limited, so please register promptly to ensure a spot.

*Rain date of Friday, May 6, 2011 - 9 AM – 1 PM

This program is in conjunction with the American Bar Association's One Million Trees Project.

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Patricia Johnson


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