2020 Fly-In Resources
Every spring, NACD invites its members to join our staff in Washington, D.C., to promote the interests of conservation districts on Capitol Hill.
The 2020 Spring Fly-In in Washington, D.C. has been cancelled.
Virtual Advocacy Day – March 25, 2020
As of March 16, Congress is still operating and considering policies that affect conservation. It is just as important as ever for your Members of Congress to know what locally-led conservation needs so you can continue protecting our nation’s natural resources. Rather than in-person meetings, we would like to encourage your state and your conservation districts to instead conduct a virtual advocacy day on Wednesday, March 25.
Many Congressional offices are moving to video or Skype conference calls during this time rather than in-person meetings, and we would encourage you to set one up if the capabilities exist. Additionally, setting up a conference call or sending an email to your Members would also help communicate the same messages that would have been delivered in person.
Issue papers, as well as previous years’ documents, are available on the Issue Papers webpage. If you have any questions about the Fly-In or NACD’s advocacy efforts, contact NACD Director of Government Affairs Coleman Garrison.
How do I schedule meetings with my members of Congress?
Meetings can be scheduled by contacting each office individually. If you are unsure who your Representative or Senators are, you can find them here: House – https://www.house.gov/ Senate – https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact. When you call the main office number for their Washington, D.C., office, the staffer who answers can provide you with the information that office needs to request an appointment. If you know an individual staffer within an office, you can contact them as well.
You should place a priority on meeting with the members of Congress from your state who serve on the Agriculture, Natural Resources or Appropriations Committees or who are your personal Representative. If you have additional time, you may want to meet with other Members of your state’s delegation.
If you need help scheduling a meeting, NACD’s Director of Government Affairs Coleman Garrison (coleman-garrison[at]nacdnet.org) can help you.
I heard Congressman Peterson is the new House Agriculture Committee Chair. I should meet with him, right?
Probably not. While Congressman Peterson does play an important role in Congress, you should meet with him (or any other member) only if you are from his state. Members of Congress are interested in meeting with their own constituents. You will have the greatest impact meeting with your own members of Congress. In addition, Congressional offices are very busy. Coordinating meetings at the state level ensures offices aren’t asked by our group to have multiple meetings in the same day.
What are we supposed to talk about?
NACD will provide issue papers to use in your meetings. Issue papers can be found here: https://www.nacdnet.org/general-resources/issue-papers/
March is a critical time for Congress to develop their annual appropriations, or funding, bills. The fly-in is a great time to explain the importance of conservation funding. As you can see in the issue papers, NACD is concerned with funding for several programs. You may not use all these in your state – that’s okay! Focus on the programs that you do use and be sure to include personal stories about the effect of these programs.
If you have any questions, contact Coleman-Garrison[at]nacdnet.org