​5 Things You Can Do to Fight for Public Lands

04/10/2017

Right now, we are up against one of the greatest threats to climbing access we have ever faced. About 60% of our climbing areas are located on federal public lands, and a growing movement of federal and state lawmakers have launched a systematic attack on these lands.

Indian Creek is on public land managed by the BLM
Indian Creek is on public land managed by the BLM. © Andrew Burr

Here are 5 things you can do to help:

  1. Call your Congressional representatives. They work for their constituents (you) and want to hear your concerns. Not sure who your representatives are or how to find their phone numbers? Use this tool to easily find the phone numbers of the representatives in your district based on your address. Get personal—share why a bill, policy, or issue matters to you, and remind them why it matters to their district. Get more tips for how to talk so they will listen.
  2. Use social media to reach out to your Congressional reps. Most Congressional representatives have social media pages, and that’s a prime space to voice your concerns. Some have called this low-investment type of activism “slacktivism,” but there is compelling evidence that posting your concerns and priorities on their public social media pages does move the needle.
  3. Vote for elected officials who support public lands. Mid-term elections are right around the corner, and it’s critical that we stay informed on where candidates (up and down the ballot) stand on public lands.
  4. Be vocal and spread the word. We can make a difference if we rally a large number of constituents who oppose threats to public lands. Use social media, e-mail, texting, and other grassroots advocacy methods to share the message with your friends, family, and followers and get them to take action.
  5. Watch for action alerts. Access Fund will let you know when there is a major threat to a public climbing area. Be sure you are signed up for Action Alerts and be ready to voice your support or opposition on key issues when we send out a call for action.

Consider making a donation today. Our lawyers, environmental scientists, and policy experts are working hard to defend our public lands. But we need additional support to face the long list of constantly evolving threats. Make an urgent donation today at www.accessfund.org/donate.

Learn more about the threats and what we’re doing to fight for America’s public lands.