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The Alliance’s advocacy webinars seek to help land trust leaders build effective and mutually beneficial relationships with public officials in their communities and at all levels of government.

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Upcoming Free Advocacy Webinars


Live Web Forum on 2015 Land Trust Policy Priorities

Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET 
Instructors: Russ Shay, Jameson French and the Public Policy Team

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To effectively represent you in Washington and mobilize land trusts in key districts, the Land Trust Alliance needs to understand what issues matter to your land trust. What are the next big threats or opportunities for conservation? What problematic rules prevent you from making the most of existing programs? What tools would make you a more effective advocate? Join our second annual web forum for an issue update and lively interaction through a variety of survey tools. Make your voice heard and help us shape our priorities for 2015.

Getting to Know the 114th Congress

Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET

Instructors: Russ Shay, Sean Robertson, Bethany O'Donovan, Bryan David

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As the 114th Congress gets underway, join us to hear about the issues, strategies, and personalities that will be key to advancing land trust policy priorities in the new Congress. You’ll hear from peers who have effectively crafted relationships with the newly-elected and suggestions for building relationships in the months ahead. The last 30 minutes are specifically geared towards prospective participants in the 2014 Land Trust Advocacy Day – learn more at www.lta.org/advocacyday.

Effective Advocacy Communications

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET 
Instructors: Elizabeth Ward and the Public Policy Team

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It's a truism in politics that money talks, but your compelling success stories, beautiful photographs and a sincere thank you can earn press coverage for supportive lawmakers that money simply can't buy. Learn the art of effectively engaging public officials through your newsletter, social media and the press.

Send suggestions for future advocacy webinar topics to srobertson@lta.org

Archived Webinars


Becoming an Ambassador

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Instructors: Sean Robertson, Barton James, and the Policy Team

The Alliance can tell lawmakers what the issues are, but only YOU can make them care. The goal of the Ambassadors initiative is to help land trust leaders cultivate strong relationships with their federal officials that will advance policies benefiting both their conservation work and the land trust community nationwide.This webinar provides an introduction to this exciting initiative along with tips from experienced advocates on how to start cultivating strong relationships with your delegation.

Advocacy Day 2014: What to Know Before you Go

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Instructors: Sean Robertson, Barton James, Russ Shay and Lindsey Slater from the office of Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID)

Advocacy Day Webinar ThumbnailThis webinar was developed for 2014 Land Trust Advocacy Day participants to prepare them for their trip to Washington, D.C., but you'll find that it is full of helpful advice for anybody looking to make the most of meetings with public officials, whether in D.C. or closer to home. View the webinar and learn more>>

 

What To Do if the Mayor Says "NO" -- Tips for Building Relationships with Public Officials

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Instructors: Phil Shephard of Great Land Trust and Sean Robertson of the Land Trust Alliance

Mayor Says No Webinar ThumbnailPartnerships with government are great opportunities for land trusts to expand their reach -- but what do you do when the mayor says NO? Hear how Alaska’s Great Land Trust used economic analysis and a grassroots campaign to convince a reluctant Mayor of Anchorage to accept the donation of a 60-acre coastal park.  Would you believe Alaska’s Republican and Democratic Senators teamed up to host a fundraiser – for the land trust? Learn how your organization can follow in the footsteps of this remarkable success story. View the webinar and learn more>>

Advocacy Day at Home: How to Build Relationships with Public Officials in Your Community

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Instructors: Barton James and Sean Robertson with case studies from Scott Cutler of Frontera Land Alliance (TX), Bob Anderson of Centre County Farmland Trust (PA) and Oliver Bass of Natural Lands Trust (PA)

Advocacy Day at Home ThumbnailWith conservation funding and tax incentives under attack, it is important for every land trust to develop relationships with public officials and their staff. But you don’t need to fly to Washington or your state capital! Real relationships are born in the district, where your genuine local support, diverse partnerships, and the emotional impact of places you conserve are on full display. Learn how land trusts around the country have used Land Trust Alliance tools to organize site visits, in-district meetings, and other creative events to make lasting impressions and open the door to funding opportunities they never knew existed. View the webinar and learn more>>

 

Advocacy Day in DC 2013: What to Know Before You Go

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Instructors: Stephanie Vance of Advocacy Associates and the Land Trust Alliance Advocacy Day Team

Advocacy Day Webinar ThumbnailThis webinar was developed for 2013 Land Trust Advocacy Day participants to prepare them for their trip to Washington, D.C., but you'll find that it is full of helpful advice for anybody looking to make the most of meetings with public officials, whether in D.C. or closer to home. View the webinar and learn more>>

 


 

Webinars are live online trainings with experts in the field. The advantage of webinars is that with a click of a mouse, participants have immediate access to the best minds in the field of conservation, governance and organizational management without the hassle and expense of travel. Participants simply log on to a website where they can view a slide show, chat with the instructor and participants online and download handouts. Land Trust Alliance webinars use a separate conference call to enable participants to easily ask questions during the session.

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September 11: The Senate is back in session now for two weeks before recessing until after the midterm elections.there is still an opportunity to create a surge of support in the Senate for taking up the House-passed charitable giving package, which includes the tax incentive for conservation easement donations. Please ask your Senators to speak to leadership in support of the incentive, and to give a brief statement on the floor. please take a few minutes to read about our proposed 2015 work and answer our brief survey about how our team can better represent you in 2015
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