CGBD Hosts Funder-to-Leader Conversations on Federal Land Policy & Management
Are you an active funder in federal policy issues related to public lands?
The CGBD Board of Directors, in consultation with members of the Land & Freshwater Conservation Program, is sponsoring a two-day meeting of biodiversity grantmakers and federal policy and management leaders in Congress and the Administration. Building on our annual DC policy briefing format, this two-day event will emphasize small group meetings with officials from key agencies such as the US Department of the Interior, US Forest Service and the US Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, we will be arranging meetings with Members and/or staff from the Senate and House of Representatives, focusing on key committees and leadership with responsibility for public lands policy and management. Agendas and talking points will be prepared in advance to make sure that all of our meetings are strategic, promote discussion, and result in exchanges of useful information.
The goals of the meetings will be:
- to learn about the state of play of various environmental issues, with an opportunity to discuss opportunities in a more informal setting;
- to share our joint values as the CGBD—not promoting specific bills/actions, but our overarching goals;
- to demonstrate the value of our shared work by educating officials about our grantmaking in aggregate;
- to determine areas of possible collaboration between government and philanthropy; and
- to test whether CGBD would benefit from more focused advocacy.
Over the course of the two day session, participants will have the opportunity to meet directly with Administration officials and Members of Congress. Based on the results of the survey sent in December, we will focus our meetings around three key topics:
- Energy Development on Public Lands: Implementing leasing reforms, renewables, balance of development of renewable and non-renewable energy and public land protection.
- Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Land Use Planning: Implementing resource management plans with wilderness characteristics, landscape mitigation, sage grouse, travel plans etc.
- Proposed National Monument Designations: Priorities for the next three years.
The final two years of the Obama Administration offer our community’s efforts to protect land and fresh water both significant opportunities and challenges. Ensuring our funding strategies contain the most coherence and leverage will help tip the balance towards the opportunities side of the scale. At our Land and Freshwater Conservation Program (LFCP) briefing in February, we will work together to learn, strategize, collaborate, and develop a plan of action for the coming two years.
Please join your CGBD LFCP colleagues for a highly-interactive briefing on issues of importance to biodiversity conservation in Washington, DC, beginning with a joint session with the EGA Federal Policy Briefing at 1pm on Wednesday, February 25th, and concluding with a facilitated strategy session set to end at noon on Friday, February 27th. The draft agenda includes conversations with experts on the Endangered Species and Marine Mammal Protection Acts, the Antiquities Act, the National Environmental Policy and Clean Water Acts, private lands and the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and sales of federal public lands. We will look at the threats and challenges to our bedrock protections, and then discuss our opportunities for proactive engagements, concluding with a collective look forward on our work together.
For more information about the EGA Federal Policy Briefing, visit their registration page http://ega.org/events/FPB2015.
On Wednesday, February 25 the meeting will be convened at:
Dupont Circle Hotel
1500 New Hampshire Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20036
On Thursday, February 26 and Friday, February 27 the meeting will be convened at:
Pew Charitable Trusts
901 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Inclusive Conservation in the Anthropocene:
On the shores of the Hood Canal, looking across to the Olympic Mountains, as the summer wheels to the solstice, join your fellow CGBD members in a fast-moving, thoughtful program that celebrates non-traditional conservation. Millennials and musicians, elders and economists, are all set on engaging with you to win a more just and healthy world.Sometimes a walk in the woods, a wade in a tidal pool, or a paddle in a kayak are the best bets to exchange information and inspiration, so pack your outdoor gear. This agenda is big on “take-away” tools and ideas—get in an experimental mood. Now to the essentials: Before you follow the RegOnline link, you’ll want to print out the meeting agenda and study it a bit.
CGBD 2015 Annual Meeting Agenda
Download the Agenda (Requires you to log in with a user name and password)
You can register for the annual meeting at our RegOnline page https://www.regonline.com/register/login.aspx?eventID=1691408.
After you register for the meeting itself with RegOnline, call the Alderbrook Resort directly at 360-898-2145 to book your room. Make sure you identify yourself as a part of CGBD. Our room bloc is very limited as the trials for the US Open golf tournament are down the road. Be part of the “sharing economy” and be kind to your budget and split a room with a colleague if at all possible. That way, everyone can experience the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Next, book your flight. Fares are very reasonable right now—reserve a flight before the golfers do! We’ll set up a ride share for rental car drivers. If you need a ride, or if you can provide a ride, please let us know by indicating that on the registration form.
When we gather in November, there will be 14 months left for the Obama Administration to execute its remaining conservation priorities and cement the President’s legacy as a champion for protecting our federal lands. And in the run-up to the 2016 election, there will be a number of Congressional plays that could make or break some of our communities hard-won conservation gains. During our two-day meeting—Tuesday, November 10 and Wednesday, November, 11, 2015—we will sit down together (with program budgets in hand) to map out a strategy and timeline for how we can successfully bring our top priorities over the finish line and secure important priority victories for natural resource protection by January 2017.
If you would like to attend, but aren’t on the Land and Freshwater Water Conservation Program list, please contact William Hull firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.