Our government relations team, including staff, consultants and lobbyists, works with federal, state and local regulators and legislators to ensure that policies and laws are created that protect the rights of landscape and lawn care companies.

Advocacy

Our government relations team, including staff, consultants and lobbyists, works with federal, state and local regulators and legislators to ensure that policies and laws are created that protect the rights of landscape and lawn care companies and their customers to create and maintain healthy, viable landscaped spaces.

The NALP Board of Directors considers “Relentless Advocacy” one of three primary areas of focus for our association. To help advance the interests of landscape professionals, our advocacy strategy encompasses the following four broad strategies:

  1. Defend. Defend against current and potential threats to the industry regarding restrictions on pesticide and fertilizer use; the H-2B program; and water quality/quantity issues.
  2. Advance. Identify opportunities to proactively advance federal, state and local legislation and regulations that advance industry objectives and in doing so, define the industry in a positive light. Aggressively promote the human health and environmental benefits of what we do, explain the common sense solutions we provide, and highlight the economic benefits to the economy we create.
  3. Inform. Serve as a clearinghouse, repository, and distributor of relevant industry information – making it available to members, external stakeholders, and key influencers, acting in the interest of collaboration whenever possible.
  4. Engage. Ensure the industry is poised to steward and safeguard its future by developing an informed membership, an active grassroots network, a robust Political Action Committee, an active presence on appropriate coalitions, and a solid partnership with the industry’s state associations.

In keeping with these concepts, NALP wants to ensure that our advocacy focus closely aligns with specific member needs and concerns. To that end, on an annual basis we evaluate our current issue agenda and survey our members to identify what issues matter the most. We want to make sure that the issues you face on a daily basis are at the top of our advocacy agenda. It is vitally important that the issues NALP advocates for directly represent opportunities to make your businesses more successful, advance the professional interests of the professional landscape industry, and make your communities better places to live, work, and play. To better ensure consistency of message when engaging with elected officials and the media, the NALP has developed the following three Board approved policy documents:

NALP Position Statements 2017 Public Policy Agenda Core Beliefs

In keeping with this concept, NALP also wants to ensure that our advocacy focus closely aligns with specific member needs and concerns. To that end, we undertook an effort to evaluate our current issues agenda by surveying our members on what issues matter the most. We want to make sure that the issues you face on a daily basis are at the top of our advocacy agenda. It is vitally important that the issues NALP advocates for directly represent opportunities to make your businesses more successful, advance the professional interests of the professional landscape industry, and make your communities better places to live.

WORKING TOGETHER

We work with many groups on industry initiatives to unify and amplify our positions; partners include OPEI, NPMA, RISE, AmericanHort, and many state associations and our team advocates through many national coalitions and working groups, including the:

  • Essential Workers Immigration Coalition (EWIC)
  • H-2B Workforce Coalition, National Turfgrass Foundation
  • Project Evergreen, Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition (SUFC)
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Lawn and Landscape Products Coalition
  • ASAEBE.org (a coalition to establish an ANSI standard for landscape and turf water needs)
  • ANSI TCIA committee for Integrated Pest Management for trees and ornamentals
  • EPA Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee
  • National Arboretum Green Roots Program
  • EPA test project on Lyme disease
  • EPA Pollinator Working Group
  • FutureScape Project