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Get Ready for Policy Sessions at Rally, Send Your Feedback

Advocates Alert: October 7, 2009

Prepare for Workshop B-22 or Send Your Feedback Today

Rally 2009 is just four days away!  Our October 1st ADVOCATES alert included a memo on potential policy priorities for 2010 to discuss at Rally.  We're truly interested in your input on what we should be working on next year and there are two ways you can provide your feedback:

  1. Attend Workshop B-22: The "Land Trust Alliance 2010 Public Policy Review" will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 1:15 pm - 3:15 pm in Room E143.  We highly recommend that you read the policy options memo before the session.  That will help us spend more time hearing from you and others.
  2. Provide your feedback by email or fax: We realize that many of you can't make it to Rally and even if you do, there will be 25 other workshops competing for your attention.  If you can't join us, please review the memo and send your feedback chart along with your comments to policy@lta.org or by fax to 202-638-4730.  Responses received today will be presented to session participants at Rally, but we'll also continue accepting feedback through October 30.

In many ways, this session is even more important than in past years.  That's because we will have to make some very tough choices.  Our funding will be down -- yet there will be more possibilities than ever.  Thanks for your interest.  We look forward to seeing you -- and hearing your opinions -- in Portland!

 

Dozens of Policy Events at Rally

Beyond the Public Policy Review, there are three dozen other opportunities to get engaged in public policy at Rally 2009! Learn how to advance your land trust's advocacy skills, tap new federal funding for land conservation, and network with your peers about important political and public relations opportunities and problems.  Click here for a full listing of policy-related workshops and seminars.

There's also still time to sign-up for Seminar 29: Advocating for Success.  This highly interactive daylong seminar will help take your organization's advocacy efforts to the next level.  In these times of budget cuts it’s more important than ever that you develop effective relationships at all levels of government, with the press and among opinion leaders in your community.  The seminar will be offered Monday, October 12, 8:30am-4:00pm.  The cost for board/staff of Alliance member land trusts is $140 and you can sign up at the registration desk upon arrival at Rally.

See you next week!

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