Be An Advocate

Letting elected officials know how you feel is the first step to being an advocate. Use the resources on this page to locate and contact your elected officials and for tips on effective writing to policymakers. 

Broads are always here to help. Give us a call for more information or a little advice to get your letter writing campaign going!

Say it effectively 

Studies show a personalized email or letter is a more effective method of communication than a mass automated email. Point and click activism only goes so far! Take the time to create a thoughtful, professional communication so you and your ideas are taken seriously.

  • Be simple, concise, and to the point. Keep your communication to one page, if possible.
    Be respectful.
  • State how the issue affects you, your neighbors and community; your public lands; or the wildlife and habitat. Think of ways to tell your personal story and present a unique perspective.
  • Be sure to state your expectations and desired course of action. Ask for a response if appropriate.
  • Be informed about the representative’s voting history and position on the issue. Thank elected officials and bureaucrats for previous good votes and/or decisions.
  • For email communications, consider the importance of the subject line. Avoid attachments; however, if they are necessary for more information, refer to the attachments in your message.

 

Letters to the Editor 

Want to shake things up and bring more attention to an issue? Consider writing a letter to the editor. It can be a powerful way to create and influence public and political awareness and opinion. Click here for some helpful tips.

 

 

 

 

Public Comments to Agency Plans/Proposals

Submitting comments on agency plans is important for many reasons. Public comments help the decision making process and it is your right to express your opinions and provide substantive comments when it comes to what happens with our public lands.

You don’t need to be an attorney you
just need to:

  • Be specific about your concerns with the agency’s proposed action and why you believe it is wrong.
  • Ask the agency questions that they must then address in their analysis.
  • Pay attention to deadlines and submit comments per the instructions provided.

Who to Contact

Find contact information for tribal governments and elected officials.

Find Elected Officials 

Find Local Government

 

Federal Agency Contacts

Building  friendly contacts with your local land managers can be a real boost to any Broad effort. Doing service projects helps meet agency goals and ensures Broads are “heard” and respected when we submit comments or share criticisms of agency actions. Click on the logos below to connect to these organizations.

 Bureau of Land Management

US Forest Service

US Fish and Wildlife Service

National Park Service

 

The League of Conservation Voters provides scorecard information on how Congressional representatives have voted on specific environmental legislation. Click the logo to view the scorecard.