18 Nat. Resources L. Newsl. 1 (1986-1987)

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                     Published by the Section of Natural Resources Law 0 American Bar Association
-Volme 18, Number 1         Sixtieth Anniversary Celebration     Summer 1986 -

1926-1986: The Section Moves Forward

The Natural Resources Section-the
sixth oldest in the ABA-traces its be-
ginnings to the Brown Palace Hotel in
Denver, where it was organized on
July 15, 1926 as the Mineral Law Sec-
tion. The name was changed in 1957 to
the Section of Mineral and Natural
Resources Law, and again in 1967 to
the Section of Natural Resources Law.
In 1985, the structure of the Section
was revamped to allow members ease
of entry to avail themselves of oppor-
tunities for participation.
  The Section was founded by and for
attorneys having a concern for legal
considerations in the development and
use of the mineral resources of the
United States. Over a period of years

it expanded its structure to include
such other natural resources as forest
and water resources and such areas of
broader scope as public lands.
  Since the developers and users of
natural resources were the first to feel
the impact of environmental aware-
ness, the Section was the pioneer in the
field of environmental law. Perceiving
that a sizeable portion of future natural
resources law was inextricably inter-
woven with environmental protection,
recognizing the environment itself as a
major natural resource, and realizing
that the interaction of natural resources
law and environmental law could best
be addressed in a single section, the
Section enlarged the scope of its activi-

ties in the late 1960s and affirmatively
encouraged participation by govern-
ment regulators and environmental at-
torneys. The first step in this develop-
ment was the formation in 1967 of a
Committee on Air and Water Quality.
A Section-sponsored national institute
on Air and Water Quality Control:
The Law of Pollution in 1968 was
hailed as the first major attempt to
generate awareness of the rapidly de-
veloping field of environmental law
throughout the legal profession. The
success of this far-sighted effort can be
seen in the extraordinary growth in
Section membership and its continuing
legal education functions.     NR

Camaraderie Is Theme for Sixtieth Anniversary Celebration

Clyde 0. Martz, Section Chairman
In my experience, one of the most at-
tractive features of membership in the
Natural Resources Law Section is the
opportunity it affords each of our
9,400 members to develop ties with at-
torneys of common interests across the
country. The Annual Meeting of the
Association is the best vehicle to
achieve that objective, particularly if it
is structured to develop personal asso-
ciations and to celebrate our common
achievements through the years.
  Statistics show that our Section
membership has not turned out in sig-
nificant numbers for Annual Meeting
programs. Investigation suggests that
the big city climate, the hot season of
the summer, and the concentration on
policy issues in showcase programs
alone cannot compete with other pro-
fessional and recreational magnets that

draw on our members' time. But if we
focus on camaraderie, the ABA pro-
gram, coupled with the extensive rec-

reational and sightseeing opportunities
in a city like New York, can make the
gathering of our Section an exciting,
profitable and memorable event. With
that objective in mind, G. Robert
Johnson of Minneapolis, program
chairman, Harry H. Voigt of Washing-
ton, arrangements chairman, the Of-
ficers and Council are planning a uni-
quely exciting program to bring our
membership together to celebrate the
Sixtieth Anniversary of the Section.
Highlights include:
  1. Sponsorship and co-sponsorship
of five substantive programs with
topics of timely interest for all seg-
ments of our diverse membership.
  2. A gala anniversary dinner at the
Citicorp Club hosting the former
chairmen of the Section and active
leaders in resource law development
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