Resources - 2016 Recess Action Kit

Dos and Dont's for Friends During the Election Season

This resource highlights important considerations to keep in mind when inviting lawmakers to your refuge during the 2016 election season.  

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Introduction and Overview

Provides a brief analysis of the challenges facing the National Wildlife Refuge System in 2016 and underscores the importance of communicating these issues and their solutions to your lawmakers.

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Invite Your Lawmaker to Your Refuge

Seeing is believing. Without seeing your refuge first hand, the chances of obtaining strong support for your refuge from your Member of Congress are greatly diminished. The most effective way to secure support from your Representative is to give them a first hand look at your refuge’s needs. Some Members visit national wildlife refuges on their own but most need to be invited — and the most motivating invitation comes from constituents, like you!

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Land and Water Conservation Fund Fact Sheet

This fact sheet describes the critical need to reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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Lobby Report Form

The Lobby Report Form will help the Refuge Association and your Friends group keep track of your advocacy efforts.

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Lobbying 101 - The Basics

YES, Friends can lobby! Your voice is one of the most powerful tools available to enhance your local refuge and the National Wildlife Refuge System as a whole — so don’t be afraid to use it!

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Refuge System Funding Fact Sheet

This fact sheet describes the critical need to adequately fund the National Wildlife Refuge System.

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Sample Letter to Your Lawmaker

This is letter template you can use to invite your lawmaker to your refuge.

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