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Ambassadors: Lobbying Tools & Tips

Lobbying is an Essential Strategy for Conservation Success

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Policymakers agree that the most effective lobbying method was “the simple presentation of accurate information, preferably by folks back home.”

Elected leaders are most concerned with their district constituents want, need and appreciate. Ambassadors have the power to affect national policies because you work in local communities, with local support to save local places.

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Every policy success was made possible through the engagement of local land trusts with their elected officials.

The land trust community is strongest when we work together. The Alliance offers vigilant oversight, insider knowledge and political expertise and Ambassadors provide their local connections and stories—together we can get the policies we need to save the places we love.

Federal actions affect your land trust’s work, whether through tax incentives, land donations or federal funding, so advocacy is a strategic approach to land conservation.

Welcome Packet for New Ambassadors

Shortly after taking the Ambassadors pledge, you'll receive a welcome packet with Congressional staff contacts for your state and a wealth of guides to being an effective advocate. Here are some key elements:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links to Additional Advocacy Resources

Resources from the Land Trust Alliance

Nonprofit Lobbying Guidelines and Strategies

Information about Congress and Federal Legislation

State Legislative and Ballot Campaign Resources


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November 6: With only eight weeks remaining before Congress adjourns (of which Congress will be in Washington for only four), there is limited time to act. Ask your senators to urge their party’s leadership to include the charitable package in any year-end tax legislation. We’ve been meeting with Senate offices and have been encouraged by their willingness to consider making some tax extenders permanent. This puts us in a good position, but we need you to reinforce that special places are being lost because the incentive has expired. Learn more »

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