2016 Advocacy Days
The fifth Land Trust Alliance Advocacy Days unfolded on an unprecedented scale on April 11-13 in Washington D.C. More than 120 land trust advocates descended on Capitol Hill for three days of briefings, receptions and more than 200 Hill meetings where sincere thank yous were in order all across the political spectrum.
The marquee event was the conservation tax incentive celebration where Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (UT) and ranking Democrat Ron Wyden (OR) joined nearly a dozen other members of Congress to celebrate and be recognized for their role in making the conservation tax incentive permanent in 2015.
The next morning, we pivoted with a breakfast honoring Senators Richard Burr (NC) and Kelly Ayotte (NH) for their role in expanding bipartisan support for our next great legislative priority — to re-authorize and fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). All across the Hill, Ambassadors leveraged the accumulated goodwill of tax incentive thank yous into effective local asks to support America’s most important conservation and recreation program. This work is already having an impact — the Senate could vote to reauthorize LWCF as soon as this week!
For a glimpse inside Advocacy Days, check out Twitter hashtag #Land4All and Instagram gallery
What is Advocacy Days?
The mission of our annual Advocacy Days is to provide land trust leaders with hands-on advocacy training in Washington, D.C. and to facilitate their relationships with key legislators in order to help build the political influence of the land trust community. Check out the video from the 2014 event.
The Land Trust Alliance advises Congress on important land trust issues in a way that no one land trust could do by itself — but to truly motivate elected officials, we need them to hear your stories about conserving our land and waters. Your participation is very important and truly appreciated. Look for 2017 dates soon or come visit us anytime — see your regional lead’s contact information below.
Participant Follow-up Materials
We truly appreciate your participation in Advocacy Days and all that you will do to follow-up in the months ahead.
Before it’s all a distant memory, we would greatly appreciate if you would complete our Advocacy Days survey This survey also provides an opportunity to submit debrief reports for your meetings, if you didn’t do so in person. If you prefer, you can download a Word version and email the reports to Sean Robertson
Below are the materials from the red leave-behind folders if you’d like to follow up by email:
We’re also eager to equip you with the tools to effectively follow-up on your D.C. visits back home in the district. Please check out these materials and don’t hesitate to contact your regional lead (below) for further resources and advice.
Your Regional Contact
Get to know your regional advocacy lead, who is always available for personalized coaching and collaboration:
firstname.lastname@example.org | (202) 800-2229 (desk) | (202) 425-4047 (cell)
email@example.com | (202) 800-2223 (desk) | (707) 548-8101 (cell)
firstname.lastname@example.org | (202) 559-4024 (desk) | (850) 443-4966 (cell)
email@example.com | (202) 638-2240 (desk) | (571) 289-4472 (cell)