Get to Know the BLM and FS

The Forest Service  is organized by Region, National Forests within that Region, and Ranger Districts within each National Forest. These are the people who make the key leasing decisions: what lands will be leased, and under what conditions. Don’t overlook the wildlife biologists and recreation specialists, who may well be more helpful than other staffers. The oil and gas program requires the same interdisciplinary evaluation as any other activity, so be sure to contact the agency personnel that deal with all resource conditions – wildlife, fisheries, watersheds, air, etc.

More on Being an Effective Advocate:

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 Burn Your Bridges

Don't Be Intimidated

Build Public Support