After Scoring Major Victory, Land Trust Alliance Returns to Capitol Hill for Advocacy Days

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Meetings to Highlight Land and Water Conservation Fund

For the betterment of our nation, we want more money to go to LWCF and projects land trusts can help facilitate.

Members of the Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization working to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America, will return to Capitol Hill beginning April 11 to build on their recent victory.

The 100 meetings that 120 land trust professionals from 35 states have scheduled with lawmakers and staff come on the heels of Congress and President Barack Obama making permanent a tax incentive supporting land conservation. The Alliance led its more than 1,100 member land trusts and their 5 million supporters through a collaborative, multi-year campaign to secure the incentive’s permanency.

Alicia Reban, co-executive director of Nevada Land Trust and 2015 winner of the Alliance’s Ambassador Award, said that victory helped demonstrate the importance of advocacy.

“It’s about changing the arena in which we do our work,” she said. “It’s amplifying our voices and vision. It’s helping us be more effective partners with state and federal agencies and other nonprofits. And it’s all so that we have the arena in which it’s possible to save the habitat, preserve the access, build the trail, help the rancher, restore the river, expand the park and ensure the children have places in which to grow and learn.”

Andrew Bowman, the Alliance’s president, said Land Trust Alliance Advocacy Days participants will highlight this year the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Since 1965, this federal fund has helped to protect more than 3 million acres of land in every state and territory.

“Every year, over 500 million people visit the parks, forests, shorelines and wildlife refuges this fund safeguards, dramatically boosting local economies,” Bowman said. “For the betterment of our nation, we want more money to go to LWCF and projects land trusts can help facilitate. Especially since land trusts can leverage landowner donations and other funding sources, Congress can do more right now to help the fund achieve even greater land conservation.”

The complete Land Trust Alliance Advocacy Days schedule is available at http://www.lta.org/advocacy-day. Media interested in joining any activities should contact Joshua Lynsen, the Alliance’s media relations manager, at jlynsen(at)lta.org or call 202-800-2239. Interviews with Alliance principals and event participants can be arranged by request.

About the Land Trust Alliance

Founded in 1982, the Land Trust Alliance is a national land conservation organization that works to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Alliance represents more than 1,100 member land trusts supported by more than 100,000 volunteers and 5 million members nationwide. The Alliance is based in Washington, D.C. and operates several regional offices. More information about the Alliance is available at http://www.landtrustalliance.org.

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