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A Picture Worth 1,000 Words, AGO Listening Session Dates & News

Advocates Alert: July 9, 2010

Public input for the America's Great Outdoors Initiative is in full swing and we need your help to place private lands conservation and land trusts at the center of the Administration's vision for the future of conservation!

Share Photos and Stories of Special Places in Your Community

While our primary focus has been on the IdeaJam, another exciting tool on the America's Great Outdoors website is a tool to "Share Your Story about the Places You Love."  The intent here is clearly to gather feel-good stories, pictures and videos of "what I did on my summer vacation," but that doesn't mean it can't also be a serious tool.  We encourage you to share the places that you've been working hard to conserve instead of taking that summer vacation!

This is your chance to praise a federal program or tax incentive that helped make conservation possible for a landowner in your community.  Or you can highlight a place at risk and ask for the tools you need to see it conserved in perpetuity.

This is also a particularly good opportunity to get your easement donors involved! Send them this link: www.doi.gov/americasgreatoutdoors/Feedback.cfm.  Encourage them to upload a picture of their property and share the story of why they chose to conserve it for future generations.

To add a picture or video, it needs to be posted somewhere online.  If it's already on another website, simply right-click on it and select "copy image location."  If not, you can upload it using a free service like www.tinypic.com.  That site has an easy one-step process and, when finished, you'll want to copy the "Direct Link."  While you're at it, please also send those stories and pictures to policy@lta.org.  Thanks!

Please Attend Listening Sessions in NE, NC, CO, NM and PA

Listening session announcements for America's Great Outdoors are coming fast and furious, with seven scheduled over the next few weeks:

We're doing our best to keep up with these, providing state land trust associations, land trusts and landowners the tools they need to recruit participants and deliver a strong message supporting private lands conservation.  We can help organize strategy calls (or join an existing call) and please don't hesitate to call Russ Shay or Sean Robertson directly at 202-638-4725.

Please check www.lta.org/greatoutdoors for updates as more sessions are announced.

Listening Session Media Coverage Highlights Widespread Attendance

Thanks to the hard work of land trusts across the country, dozens of land trust representatives and easement donors have attended each of the recent America's Great Outdoors listening sessions in Annapolis, Charleston, Seattle, Los Angeles and Davis.

Our June 4th alert included press clippings from the Montana listening sessions, where land trusts made private land conservation a dominant theme.  Some coverage of more recent events mentions land trusts, but with 300-600 people attending each listening session, we'll need to work harder to get our message across. Here are some recent clips:

Annapolis, MD:

Charleston, SC:

Seattle, WA:

Davis, CA:

Los Angeles, CA:

Darla Guenzler of the California Council of Land Trusts reports that land trusts were particularly well represented at the Davis, CA listening session, hosted by Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA).  Many in attendance had the opportunity to publicly thank the Congressman for championing legislation to make the enhanced easement incentive permanent.

If a listening session is coming to your area, we encourage you to contact our Director of Communications, Rob Aldrich (raldrich@lta.org, 202-638-4725 x334) for help ensuring that private land conservation messages make it into your local media coverage.  If you send out a release, run an article in your newsletter or see good coverage in your local media, please send it to us!

Thanks for helping!

H.R. 1831 Co-sponsor Added Since Last Update

  • Rep. Mark Critz (D-PA/12)

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