We live in association heaven

One of the more interesting things about living in the seat of government, I think, is all the various trade associations, professional associations and groups who are located here so they can best lobby the congresscritters. Sometimes they provide us a little ironic amusement, as when the Airline Pilot Association’s clerical staff went on strike, closing operations for a few days. Others, like the National Confectioner’s Association, make you think “don’t we already feel pretty good about candy? They need spokespeople?”

My most recent discovery is the Land Trust Alliance, an organization devoted towards setting up land trusts to set aside land independent of government involvement. There’s often a lot of friction between people invested in environmental causes and folks of a libertarian or republican bent but this is a kind of solution that fits inside everyone’s goals: nature preservation under private stewardship.

Particularly interesting is the statistic on their website that there’s more than 9.3 million acres of land in land trusts already. With 640 acres in a square mile that comes out to about 14,531 square miles – slightly larger than the entire State of Maryland, or 0.4% of the U.S.’s total 3,718,712.05 sq miles.

What other interesting associations have you noticed, or do you work for?

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


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