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Ambassador Award

The national Ambassador Award is given to an individual who demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to cultivating relationships with their members of Congress and using these connections to advance the land trust community’s federal policy agenda of securing additional resources and support for private land conservation (one nominee will be chosen for the national award, but others may be recognized on the state or regional level). Criteria to be considered include:

Exemplary relationship building

Celebrate land trust leaders who work their networks, develop partnerships, and host site visits or other events that help to cement strong, ongoing relationships with federal officials and their staff.

Effective advocacy communications

Creating an impact on conservation by publicly thanking legislators for their work. This could include a social media post to thank them for a meeting to a press event celebrating leadership on a bill. Effective communications to mobilize grassroots support will also be considered.

Outstanding results

Picking up the phone, making a tough ask, and getting results from your federal delegation. We want to honor those folks and share their recipes for success.

Peer leadership

A lone advocate can only accomplish so much; sharing successes via conferences, newsletters, and peer mentoring can multiply your impact.

Taking the Ambassadors Pledge

While not strictly required, we encourage nominees to make a formal commitment to cultivating relationships and sharing successes at:

Submit a Nomination

To submit a nomination, please complete this form. The deadline is April 27, 2015.

For additional information on the criteria for the Ambassador Award, please email

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