Land Trust Alliance Pushes to Safeguard, Improve Conservation Programs During Annual Advocacy Days

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Three Members of Congress Among Scheduled Speakers

We’re asking Congress to safeguard and improve a system that helps filter our air and water supply, absorb carbon emissions and conserve wildlife habitats, among many other benefits.

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 push on Capitol Hill this week to safeguard and improve the nation’s conservation programs during Land Trust Alliance Advocacy Days.

Starting April 9, an expected 125 land trust professionals from 36 states will sit with lawmakers and staff in nearly 200 meetings. Key topics will include the Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act, the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Farm Bill.

“Every person living in the United States – all 326 million – benefit from land conservation,” said Andrew Bowman, the Alliance’s president. “That’s why every citizen has an interest in our meetings this year on Capitol Hill. We’re asking Congress to safeguard and improve a system that helps filter our air and water supply, absorb carbon emissions and conserve wildlife habitats, among many other benefits. What we do today will benefit every American tomorrow.”

Land Trust Alliance Advocacy Days runs April 9-11. Scheduled speakers include Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, a Democrat and a lead sponsor of the Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act; Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, a Democrat; Rep. John Faso of New York, a Republican; the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Acting Chief Leonard Jordan; and Tim Delaney and Kristin Thomasgard Spence of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program.

For more information about Advocacy Days, including a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.landtrustalliance.org/issues-action/tools-tips/advocacy-days. Media wishing to interview Alliance principals or other event participants should contact Joshua Lynsen, the Alliance’s media relations manager, at jlynsen@lta.org or 202-800-2239.

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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