Harness Best Practices for Reaching out to Local Decision Makers to Advocate for Conservation and Land Use


Wednesday, August 5, 2020

CONTACT: Claudia Sall 760.365.9366/

Yucca Valley, California. California Desert Coalition (CDC) is pleased to host the first free, one-hour Defend the Desert webinar. The webinar will be hosted via Zoom on Thursday, Sept 17th from 5:30-6:30 pm. Stay tuned for Zoom login instructions. This webinar will feature two expert speakers teaching advocates how to harness the power of local communities to develop winning environmental and land-use campaigns.

Dr. Tim Krantz is a professor of Environmental Studies at Redlands University whose areas of expertise include, but are not limited to birds, endangered species of the San Bernardino Mountains, and renewable energy. Dr. Krantz has more than 30 years of experience with land use planning and environmental impact assessments.

Chris Carrillo is a former field representative for Senator Diane Feinstein and Deputy Chief of Staff for former 3rd District Supervisor James Ramos. Carrillo has extensive local and federal land-use policy and legislative experience.

Advocates have an incredible opportunity to influence local environmental decisions if they employ the right strategies and tactics, “says Chris Carrillo. “This workshop will help activists hone their skills to make lasting impact and protect the land and species they love

The Webinar will cover the following topics and will educate participants on how to have their voices heard in the campaign to list the western Joshua tree as threatened under CESA:

• Organizing members of the community to participate in environmental decision making at town council meetings, planning commissions, boards of supervisors, and state agencies and commissions
• Crafting meaningful oral and written comments
• Utilizing traditional and social media to shape the opinion of key decision-makers
• Developing winning campaign strategies
• Creating diverse lobbying teams and successfully structuring meetings with local elected officials

The California Desert Coalition is a nonpartisan, issue advocacy group that exists to give the people of the California desert a voice in its future. We build coalitions to promote a deeper understanding of public policy issues and to stitch together the voices that are responsible for these decisions.


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