“The outdoors aren’t political.” – We’ve heard this, a lot, and we’re here to debunk the rumors: The outdoors are political. From funding for trails and designating national parks to supporting the communities whose livelihoods rely on recreation, public lands are political.
One of the most critical actions we can take as an empowered community is to VOTE. But, before we cast our ballots, we must become educated voters. The outdoor space has an entire solar system of legislation, politics, bureaucracy, land management agencies, and complicated community relations to navigate–and that’s what we’re here for. Outdoor Advocacy Project is your resource for learning about the latest political happenings, what it all means, and–most importantly–how to take action.
We’re creating toolkits on pressing issues, connecting you to your representatives, providing education on the latest policy happenings, and organizing our community to take collective action to hold lawmakers and decision-makers accountable.
Resources to get you started
- Start here: Our friends at Outdoor Alliance are the go-to stay connected on outdoor recreation and public lands policy. We regularly check the Outdoor Alliance blog, love their Advocacy 101 series, geek out on their maps and apps, and learn so much of what we share here through their policy library.
- Center for American Progress report on Policies to Boost State Outdoor Recreation Economies
- The Wilderness Society Policy page
Explore our policy library + toolkits
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