Empowering Leadership, the new article series for leadership development, by Del Albright -- helping to lead volunteers to victory!
Note: if you write me and ask what you can do to help prevent road closures, you'll get this answer as step 1:
Get the point? Join! Pay your dues to an organization that fits what you think is doing the right thing. Support them with money and your volunteer time. It takes dues and membership to make something happen. That's where it all begins. Honestly, if you can't go to meetings, just send money (dues, contributions, etc.). Be part of organized multiple-use to show the public what we're really made of.
It'll be those of us in organized recreation that eventually give us a credible image.
Then, step 2, advocate for your sport. Do things like speak up to your family and friends. Even do more than just talk: "Adopt" your local fed (USFS Ranger or BLM Manager).
The "Adopt-a-Ranger" idea comes from my friend and compadre, Tom Crimmins (USFS ret.). Tom is a trails consultant who used to work in the OHV efforts of the Forest Service. He tells me that recreationists by far are out-numbered when it comes to being a familiar face around federal office buildings. Environmental radicals, on the other hand, are well known.
So that means we gotta get our faces in the offices of our local federal land managers and get to know them on a first name basis. Take them on club runs. Take them on rides. Go with them on field trips.
Get on their mailing list. Schedule coffee or morning break informal meetings with them. Make a "friend" in the office who can keep you posted on office activities that might be appropriate for you to be a part of (somebody's retirement or a building dedication or luncheon or whatever). Go on field trips where possible, such as OHV grant proposal projects. Be part of their local list of contacts when "input" is needed to a decision. "Adopt" them as one of your own.
Step 3. Recruit and include others to do the same things you’re doing.
It takes all of us working together and doing our part. We need to build membership in organized recreation by recruiting anyone and everyone who has an interest in keeping public lands open to the public. Get others to write letters, adopt their local fed, and reach out to recruit even more folks.
Step 4, do your part when it comes to expressing your opinion in writing to anyone and everyone that will listen. Write letters -- handwritten works just fine. But tell your elected officials what you believe in. Write them once a year at least. For everytime you go on a ride, write one letter (or make one phone call) -- my One for One proposal.
So, now, when do you start joining and getting involved?
These are just my suggestions and this page will be updated as needed.
and there are plenty more.....
If you'd like so see a pretty good complete list of organizations (mulitple use), check out the BlueRibbon Coalition web site on links.
NOTE: I RECOMMEND EVERYONE IN RECREATION AND/OR MULTIPLE USE ACTIVITIES JOIN BLUERIBBON COALITION!!!
Blue Ribbon is the only national multiple use organization we have; and it's a GREAT one. You must be a part of BRC to be fully effective in keeping our public lands open. You can still join your local club and your state/regional club/organization. You should.
BlueRibbon does not compete for membership with local and state groups. We have a different mission yet with the same goal. We're compatible in our efforts. Be a part of all these. Membership makes a difference. BRC will represent you on a national scale in multiple-use/shared trail concepts and issues. See their home page for more info and why YOU should join. Thank you.
If you want to know about land use in general or current issues, check these out:
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|FLPMA||NEPA||Start A Club||Wilderness|
|Getting involved||Start a Coalition||All About Access||Politics and Politicians|
|Understanding Our Opponents||Your Own OHV Park||Influence My Elected Officials||Get some leadership training|
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Feel free to write me if you have additional questions or need any help.
Thanks and keep recreating on your public lands, DEL
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