ACTrees 2014 Annual Policy Summit

May 7–8, 2014
Washington, DC and nationwide

Join colleagues from around the country for the Alliance for Community Trees 2014 Annual Policy Summit. This year’s Summit kicks off with a training Policy Webcast on April 16th, and then two full days of speaking for trees with Members of Congress on May 7–8 — in DC or in your home district.

With the U.S. Congress’ recent bipartisan actions in passing a 2-year Omnibus Budget and a new 5-year Farm Bill, it’s time to for urban forestry advocates and practitioners to learn what these new laws mean for urban forestry, your organization, and trees in your community.

At the Policy Summit in DC or at home in your state, you’ll be able to engage with federal decisionmakers to discuss how the new laws may affect federal programs and resources, and what the impacts might be on local communities. Register now.

April 16, 2014

Pre-Event Training: Policy Webcast

The Policy Summit kicks-off with a Policy Webcast on April 16 at 2:00pm Eastern Time. During the Webcast participants will hear updates on Alliance for Community Trees advocacy for the recently passed Farm Bill and 2-year Omnibus Budget bill and how these bills may affect your community. Alliance for Community Trees will provide briefing documents and discuss the best strategies for presenting information on the local impacts of Federal funding and programs to Members of Congress. Register for the Webcast.

May 7–8, 2014

In Washington, DC

Two full days of advocacy and learning in Washington, DC, will begin on Wednesday May 7 with "Federal Policy and Local Impact: ACTrees Briefing Session and Breakfast" from 8:30am-11:30am at the USDA Forest Service Yates Building (Pinchot Conference Room – 2nd Floor, 1400 Independence Ave. SW). Note: Pre-Registration and Photo ID required to enter the building. The Policy Summit continues on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning with Congressional and Federal Agency visits. Participants will schedule their own appointments with their Members of Congress — find your Representatives and Senators here. If you know of other Policy Summit participants from your same city or state, please connect to coordinate/combine appointments. We’ll wrap up with a Debrief Luncheon from noon to 1:30pm on Thursday, with invited special guest speaker from the White House Council on Environmental Quality (Hall of States Room 238, 444 North Capitol Street).
View the full Policy Summit schedule.

In Your Home District

Not able to make it to DC for the Policy Summit this year? You can still be part of the action on May 7–8 — just schedule meetings with your Congressional representatives staff in your home district. You’ll be speaking for trees to important policymakers at the same time as your colleagues storm the Hill in DC, just in a different location. Be sure to attend the Policy Webcast on April 16 to get trained on our policy priorities and to receive briefing documents and guidance on how to advocate. Then contact the local offices for your U.S. Representative and Senators and schedule a meeting for May 7 or 8. Please email to let us know you’ve planned a local meeting.

Accommodations and Travel:
Alliance for Community Trees has reserved a block of rooms at two Washington-area hotels and a referral for an online service if you’d like to explore the District. Click here for more information on accommodations. ACTrees has travel scholarships to reimburse you for some expenses for this year’s Summit. Email for more details on how to apply for the scholarships.

REGISTER NOW for the 2014 Policy Summit and/or Policy Webcast. Summit registrants will be sent a complete event packet.

Related Resources:
Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition
ACTrees Advocacy Agenda
2013 ACTrees Policy Summit
2012 ACTrees Policy Summit
2011 Green Infrastructure Summit
2010 Green Infrastructure Summit
2009 Green Infrastructure Summit

The 2014 Policy Summit is sponsored by Corporate Leadership Council member CSX.