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New Land Trust Alliance Conservation Campaign Director Leverages Advocacy Expertise

March 20, 2013 | Land Trust Alliance | Washington, D.C.

Bart JamesFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Rob Aldrich
Director of Communications
202-800-2225| raldrich@lta.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Land Trust Alliance, a national conservation organization representing 1,700 land trusts that work to save the places people love, announced Barton James as its new conservation campaign director. James, formerly the director of public policy for Ducks Unlimited, will guide the Alliance’s advocacy program to build a national grass-tops network.

"I am delighted to join the Alliance in the tremendous task of harnessing the political strength of the nation’s 1,700 land trusts by expanding the relationships that land trusts have with members of Congress,” said James. "As an avid sportsman I’ve seen firsthand the critical role land trusts play in ensuring the opportunities and places I hold dear, an important legacy I want to pass on to my sons." James has worked closely over the years with the Alliance policy team through his role at DU, an accredited land trust.

Throughout his career, James has been involved in advocacy and conservation. For nearly nine years, he served as the lead for DU’s public policy work with federal agencies and Congress on agriculture, tax issues, clean water, coastal habitat loss, the Army Corps, water supply, Great Lakes restoration and hunting issues. James served as a political appointee in the Bush Administration at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Small Business Administration. James has also served as a staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives and as a political consultant.

"James' commitment to conservation is an energizing force, and his relationships and access on Capitol Hill are great examples of the type of relationships we look forward to building with our member land trusts" said Mary Pope Hutson, Executive Vice President with the Land Trust Alliance. "His vast experience in political advocacy will contribute greatly to the Alliance's ability to increase the political strength of the land conservation community."

James will lead a newly-created arm of the Alliance’s public policy program constructing a national grass tops network in partnership with land trusts nationwide. The goal is to ensure that the most important lands get protected by creating the federal and state laws and resources necessary for permanent protection.

About The Land Trust Alliance

The Alliance is a national conservation organization that works in three ways to save the places people love. First, we increase the pace of conservation, so more land and natural resources are protected.  Second, we improve the quality of conservation, so the most important lands are protected using the best practices in the business. And third, we ensure the permanence of conservation by creating the laws and resources needed to defend protected land over time. The Land Trust Alliance is based in Washington, D.C., and has several regional offices. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Alliance. www.landtrustalliance.org

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