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Nature's Advocate 101: A free webinar about how to be an effective voice for conservation in Iowa

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Join Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation for Nature’s Advocate 101, a one-hour webinar where we will talk with former legislators about how to be an effective advocate, learn about INHF’s 2023 legislative priorities, and take questions from you about conservation policy and how to be a voice for the voiceless — our land, water, wildlife and future generations.

What you can expect:

Public policy and funding have a significant impact on how our natural resources are used, managed and protected. We want to help Iowans learn about natural resource issues that impact their communities and to amplify conservation voices.

  • We will be joined by two former Iowa state legislators (Former Representative and Senator Robert Bacon and Former Representative Chris Hall) that will share what, from their experience, are the most effective ways to advocate for a cause or a bill. You will be invited to ask questions about advocacy techniques.
  • We will hear from INHF President Joe McGovern and Public Policy Director Anna Gray about what INHF is watching during the 2023 legislative session, what we’re talking with legislators about and any current proposed legislation that could use effective advocates.
  • We will take your questions about conservation policy in Iowa.

Moderator: Joe Jayjack, INHF Communications Director

You will be encouraged to submit questions using the Q&A feature during the webinar. You can also submit questions ahead of time by emailing Joe Jayjack at

Space is limited so register now!

About our Panel: 

Former Representative and Senator Robert Bacon of Story County: 

Robert Bacon HeadshotRob Bacon was elected to five terms in the Iowa House of Representatives (2013-2022) and one term in the Iowa Senate (2011-2013). Committees Rob served on include Natural Resources (Chair), Human Services (Vice-chair 2013-2016), State Government, Information Technology, Environmental Protection, Appropriations Committee, Veterans Committee, Health and Human Services Budget Sub-committee, Natural Resources and Agriculture Budget Sub-committee. He worked as a licensed funeral director and holds degrees from Vennard College and Worsham College of Mortuary Science. Now residing in Slater, he enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing and spending time with his five grandchildren.

Former Representative Chris Hall of Woodbury County:

Chris Hall HeadshotFormer Representative Chris Hall was elected to six terms in the Iowa House of Representatives, serving from 2011-2023. His district encompassed portions of Sioux City and the surrounding area. 

In the legislature, Hall was recognized for his deep understanding of the state budget process and bipartisan approach to lawmaking. He currently works for the U.S. Department of Commerce on federal broadband programs, and previously spent eight years as a grant-writer for Western Iowa Tech Community College.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Grinnell College and while there, he served as a summer land-management intern for INHF in 2006. The Hall family owns and manages an acreage in Woodbury County that includes remnant prairie, woodland, and pasture.


Contact Communications Director Joe Jayjack at 


Thursday, February 16, 2023

6:30pm - 7:30pm


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