Find/Contact Your State and U.S. Legislators
Getting in touch and keeping in touch with the policy decsiion makers in your town, state and federal governemtn is a gret way to ensure they know the direct impact thier decisions and votes make!
Local elected officials, such as mayors and commissioners, are on the front lines of open space protection and increasing recreation opportunities. These community officials can be very helpful in capturing the attention of local newspapers and community leaders. They also typically have great influence with federal legislators.
Whether it’s to discuss local or national recreation and park issues, nothing impresses members of Congress more than constituents who take the time to visit in person. Most lobbying is simply educating your legislators or their staff on the impact that national policy will have on their constituents. There is no "right" way to lobby. However, there are some guidelines you should follow to help accomplish both short and long-term goals.
Lastly, you don't have to travel to Washington to meet with your congressional representatives. Most weekends and holidays members of Congress return home, and most have several district or state offices. These are wonderful opportunities for an individual or group to meet with your elected officials