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16 May 2017

LTA ADVOCACY DAYS Highlights

California Council of Land Trusts participated in the LTA Advocacy Days event in Washington D.C. from May 1 to May 3. We were part of a group of 120 trust advocate leaders from 40 states who brought their own stories and issues to Capitol Hill.
A total of 260 meetings were held in the Senate and the House – including at least 15 face to face meetings with Senators and many members of Congress to bring awareness and a voice to the funding of the LWCF and its importance to future programs throughout our nation.
Photographed: (Left to Right) Darrell Wood (CA Rangeland Trust); Congressman John Garamendi; Ane Deister and Linus Eukel (CCLT); and Bryan David (LTA) meeting in the Congressman’s office

KEY MESSAGES DISSCUSED WITH ELECTED OFFICIALS

  • LWCF
    • Full funding and permanent funding
    • Open up new avenues to grow the number of participants in the funding
    • Good news about the LWCF levels for FY17 (current year), the bipartisan deal worked in our favor. The next fight on funding moves to the fall for FY18.
  • IRS Tax Considerations
    • To make sure incentives are protected to continue encouraging donations of land and contributions for land trusts
    • An alternative for an ‘above the line’ form of deduction that would be allowed even if Congress adopts the flat deduction option they have been discussing
  • Farm Bill
    • Discussion of renewal of the Farm bill – a 2 year bill process to ensure that the environmental and conservation provisions included in previous bills are maintained in the new Farm Bill. More info.

“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.”

– Andrew Bowman, LTA President


MEETING OVERVIEWS

  • Team work was a visible feature of Advocacy Days where land trust representatives from 40 states reinforced the key messages and themes of land trusts across the country
  • In California the team work between California Rangeland Trust and CCLT meeting jointly with elected officials illustrates the collaboration and representation of the diversity of land trusts throughout our state
  • Remarks by the U.S. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke. More info. 
  • A meeting between Partnership of Rangeland Trusts (PORT), member land trusts, and others with the interim chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Senior partner/expert briefings on tax reform, the Farm Bill, and the Land and Water Conservation Fund
  • CCLT Personal Meetings with members and/or staff:
    • U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein
    • U.S. Representative John Garamendi
    • U.S. Representative Mike Thompson
    • U.S. Representative Ken Calvert 
    • U.S. Representative Jared Huffman
    • U.S. Representative Norma Torres
    • U.S. Representative Grace Napolitano
    • U.S. Representative Jeff Denham
    • U.S. Representative Jimmy Panetta
    • U.S. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke 
    • NRCS Acting Chief Leonard Jordan 

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