Advocating for the Land You Love: The Do’s and Don’ts for Land Trusts at the Ballot Box and the Capitol
When: September 11, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Land trusts are essential participants in land conservation advocacy, including promoting municipal open space bond initiatives, participating in public hearings before land use commissions, commenting on state and federal policy initiatives, and engaging their legislators on issues critical to their work. This year, on November 6th, land trusts also have a historic opportunity to help pass a statewide ballot measure to better protect state-owned conservation and agricultural lands. As your land trust seeks to get more involved with advocacy this campaign season and throughout the legislative session, you may have questions concerning what activities are permitted for non-profit organizations. With ample opportunity for Q&A, this session will clarify how land trusts can comply with federal and state lobbying regulations, while successfully influencing land conservation policies and initiatives.
Presenters include: Amy Blaymore Paterson (CT Land Conservation Council), Catherine Rawson (Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust), Eric Hammerling (Connecticut Forest & Park Association), John Larkin (J.C. Larkin Co.), Linda Orel (The Trust for Public Land Action Fund), Liz Kurantowicz (Protect CT Public Lands Coalition), Walker Holmes (The Trust for Public Land)
Session Handouts (click on the title or download below):
- Can my Land Trust Lobby?, by the Land Trust Alliance and CLCC
- Ballot Question Participation by Public Charities, by The Trust for Public Land
- Why Should Land Trusts Care About Protecting Public Lands? by the CT Forest & Park Association and CLCC
- The "Do's and Don'ts" of Election Season (side 1) and Praising and Criticizing Incumbents (side 2) by the Land Trust Alliance
- Election Year Opportunities by the Land Trust Alliance
Note: The information contained in the foregoing handouts and in this workshop is intended to provide a general overview and summary of lobbying laws and regulations and is not meant to replace advice from legal counsel.