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Spring Fly-In

The 2021 Spring Fly-In will be conducted virtually. Find more information on NACD's Virtual Advocacy Week, to be held the week of March 22, below.


Virtual Advocacy Week: March 22-26, 2021

Although Capitol Hill hasn’t allowed visitors into Congressional buildings since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, 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 your locally-led conservation needs are so that your districts can continue protecting our nation’s natural resources. Because we can’t do in-person meetings in Washington, D.C., we would like to encourage your state and conservation districts to instead conduct virtual advocacy meetings during the week of March 22, 2021. As in past years, individual states will be scheduling meetings with their Congressional delegation, though a representative from NACD may request to join to listen in.

Congressional offices now have almost a year under their belt on how they prefer to conduct virtual meetings with their constituents. While face to face meetings through Skype, Zoom or Microsoft Teams are preferred, don’t be surprised if a conference call is still offered, especially if that conference call allows your Member of Congress to attend during a busy schedule. You may also be asked to provide the platform’s log in credentials. Being flexible is key for successfully scheduling a meeting.

Issue papers can be found below. NACD’s Government Affairs staff hosted a Zoom meeting at 2 pm Eastern on Tuesday March 16 for Advocacy Week participants to review NACD’s issue papers and get any questions they have answered before the following week’s meetings. This meeting took the place of the regular breakfast briefing NACD normally hosts the morning of the Fly-in. To view a recording of the briefing, click here.

If you have any questions about this year’s Virtual Advocacy Week or NACD’s advocacy efforts, contact NACD Director of Government Affairs Coleman Garrison.

Click here for some tips, tricks and things to think about as you’re scheduling your meetings.


2021 Fly-In Resources


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 David Scott is the new House Agriculture Committee Chair. I should meet with him, right?

Probably not. While Congressman Scott 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.


Click here for some tips, tricks and things to think about as you’re scheduling your meetings.

If you have any questions, contact Coleman-Garrison[at]nacdnet.org

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