Going to Your Capital: 2013 ACTrees and SUFC Public Policy Agenda

February 21, 2013
1:00-2:00pm EST
National Webcast

No matter where you are in the U.S., you have the ability to influence public policy by advocating for greener communities. Together we can speak with a united voice for healthier urban forests. To kick off our 2013 advocacy work, ACTrees and the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition are teaming up to train you to take our message to your elected officials. Whether you’re heading to district offices, to your state capital, or to Washington, DC, this session will prepare you to advocate effectively for trees and green infrastructure in your community.

Downloadable Resources:
ACTrees and SUFC Policy Leave Behind

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Rebecca Turner, Senior Director of Programs and Policy, American Forests (Washington, DC)
American Forests works to clarify and publicize the value of environmental and ecological services that forests provide. On the national level, American Forests works with Congress and the Executive Branch to increase support for research and programs to benefit forests.

jdonnay ACTreesJake Donnay, Director of Forest Policy, National Association of State Foresters (Washington, DC)
The National Association of State Foresters is a non-profit organization comprised of the directors of forestry agencies in the states, territories and the District of Columbia of the United States. NASF advocates for legislation and policies that promote the role of trees and professionals that manage them.
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Carrie Gallagher, Executive Director, Alliance for Community Trees (College Park, MD)
Alliance for Community Trees is a national nonprofit dedicated to serving grassroots organizations that plant and care for urban trees. ACTrees is committed to advocating for policies that protect and sustain urban canopies nationwide for the benefit of people and communities.

Webcast attendees will learn about:
* Appropriations and the debt ceiling
* Urban Forestry in the Farm Bill
* Key talking points and leave-behinds
* Linking local priorities to national policy
* Protocols for meeting with public officials

About the Webcast Series
The Webcast Series is the Alliance for Community Trees’ monthly webcast held at the lunch hour. The goal is to create informal training opportunities for local urban and community forestry organizations. The content is geared to mainly serve the needs of volunteer organizations and community groups, although webcasts are open to all.

The trainings leverage local successes by amplifying to a larger audience the model organizations’ methods, materials, and approaches. Sessions are planned to last no more than one hour, with two presenters speaking on the same topic from slightly different perspectives, each for 10-15 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes of questions and answers.

CEU Approved: 0 Hour
CFE Category 2 Approved: 0 Hour