Don't Burn Your Bridges

Start off assuming that FS personnel want to do a good job of managing the public lands and would like your help. Many of them do. If you do encounter resistance to your participation, insist on your rights. The Federal Land Planning and Management Act , the National Forest Management Act (NFMA) and NEPA require FS to involve interested citizens in management of the public lands. When the agency does something right, whether it is providing you with information or making a good substantive decision, don’t forget to let the people there know. Support good managers whenever you find them.

More on Being an Effective Advocate:

Get to Know the BLM and FS

Arm Yourself with the Facts

Make Use of FOIA

Get to Know Your Neighbors

Get to Know the Areas You Want to Protect

Be Persistent

Don't Be Intimidated

Build Public Support