When people speak on behalf of the places they care about, policy makers listen. From the formation of Olympic National Park in 1938 to the 22,000 acre expansion of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, we’ve seen that outdoor advocates can shape the future of our public lands. If you’ve never contacted your legislator before, you maybe seeking resources that will inform you about the public lands system and show you how to effectively take part in advocacy efforts. That’s why the Mountaineers along with Access Fund, American Whitewater, Outdoor Alliance, the Wilderness Society, and Winter Wildlands Alliance came together to launched a resource webpage called Outdoor Advocates Network, where people can learn about and take action to champion our public lands.
If you’re looking for a good place to start, check out their e-learning program Protecting Public Lands 101. In this guide, you’ll learn about:
- Primary Land Management Agencies
- Conservation Designations
- Conservation Laws
- How to Take Action