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Turning to technology in lieu of traveling to Capitol Hill for fly-ins

With spring fly-in season crushed by the pandemic, some associations are going virtual or finding alternative ways for members to advocate


April 10, 2020
By Kathryn Walson

Rather than cancel its spring fly-in, the Land Trust Alliance made the three-day event virtual.

Instead of speaking at a Capitol Hill reception, Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) gave welcome remarks through a pre-recorded message posted to YouTube. Instead of standing at a podium during a luncheon, speakers delivered their addresses through a live webinar. The Virtual Advocacy Days drew 185 people between March 30 and April 1—compared with the 100 to 125 people who typically attend the annual event in Washington, D.C.—and Alliance members participated in 90 conference calls, said Robert Schwartz, the Alliance’s ambassador program manager.