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Sign-on to Defend Conservation Funding, Get Ready to Rally

Advocates Alert: October 10, 2011

In July, House appropriators proposed severe cuts to many conservation programs, including the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, Land and Water Conservation Fund, and Forest Legacy Program. The Senate is preparing to take up its version of the 2012 Interior Appropriations bill and we are urging them to restore funding to these critical programs -- as they did this past spring for the 2011 budget -- but that will only happen if we work together to demonstrate support for these programs. Hill staff have told us that a letter signed by 1,000 organizations could have a real impact -- please help us deliver!

Add Your Land Trust to Our Conservation Funding Coalition Letter

Whether you rely on farm bill programs like FRPP and GRP, Interior programs like NAWCA and LWCF or other federal conservation programs, we hope you'll join with the Alliance and 640 other conservation, recreation and historic preservation organizations in signing the America's Voice for Conservation Recreation and Preservation coalition letter.

This is your second chance to sign the coalition letter we first shared in our June 20 alert. It avoids mentioning specific programs or bills so that it can be used wherever conservation funding is under attack -- in the Interior bill, the deficit reduction super-committee, or elsewhere.

To sign the letter, simply email the name of your organization or business to alyssa_way@tws.org.

Even if you rely on just one program, we need to team up with other land, water, ocean and wildlife programs. Together they comprise just 1.26% of the federal budget and have grown only 2% over the last 30 years. Disproportionate cuts to conservation will permanently harm our natural heritage and the economy, without substantially improving the fiscal picture.

This week the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is releasing a new study that shows conservation, recreation and historic preservation spending supports at least 8.4 million jobs, $1.06 trillion in economic activity and $100 billion in tax revenues! We hope you'll share copies of the report with your public officials.

Learn more about efforts to preserve federal funding for land conservation at Rally workshop E15: Sunday, October 16 | 1:30pm - 3:00pm | Room 203B.

Get Ready for Policy Sessions at Rally, Help Set Our Priorities

We hope you're planning to join us for Rally 2011, the National Land Conservation Conference, this week in Milwaukee, WI. It's not too late to come -- walk-in registrations are welcome! Visit www.lta.org/rally or email rally@lta.org for more information.

Rally includes over a hundred different events, including more than a dozen workshops related to public policy. In this email, we're eager to highlight a few sessions where your participation, questions and feedback are particularly important to our policy success in the year ahead. Click here for a full listing of policy related sessions at Rally.

See you in Milwaukee!


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