Land Trust Alliance Champions Nonpartisan Discussions About Environmental Topics During Annual Advocacy Days

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Scheduled Speakers Include U.S. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke

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I believe that land, land conservation and land trusts play an important role in helping bridge our political divide.

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 champion nonpartisan discussions on Capitol Hill this week during its annual Advocacy Days.

The 109 meetings that 110 land trust professionals from 40 states have scheduled with lawmakers and staff come at a time when many voters feel political division is the most important problem facing the country today (source: Quinnipiac University survey of 1,171 voters nationwide, March 30-April 3). To help Republicans and Democrats focus on known common ground, the Alliance is fostering nonpartisan discussions on – and advocating for – land conservation.

“I believe that land, land conservation and land trusts play an important role in helping bridge our political divide and build a consensus around the need for a healthy, vibrant environment,” said Andrew Bowman, the Alliance’s president. “I fully realize there are true differences in people’s deeply held political beliefs. Nevertheless, I challenge all of us to examine how we can use land conservation to help unite our nation.”

Land Trust Alliance Advocacy Days, which runs May 1-3, will build support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the reauthorization of the Farm Bill and other public policies related to land conservation.

Scheduled speakers include U.S. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke and Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Additional elected and appointed officials have been invited to address the land trust professionals attending Advocacy Days.

For more information about Advocacy Days, including a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.landtrustalliance.org/issues-action/tools-tips/advocacy-days. Media interested in joining any activities should contact Joshua Lynsen, the Alliance’s media relations manager, at jlynsen(at)lta(dot)org or 202-800-2239. Interviews with Alliance principals and certain 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 1,000 member land trusts supported by more than 200,000 volunteers and 4.6 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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