Woods Institute provides webinars on Civic Education for Partners, Friends Groups, and NGOs that work with Federal Public Lands Agencies: USDA Forest Service (FS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).
"I didn’t know Senator Merkley cared about the possible extinction of the Monarch butterfly.”
"I didn’t know Senator Hagerty was concerned about the invasion of the MS river by Asian Carp.”
"I didn’t know Senator Van Hollen was familiar with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.”
“We tried to get on our Representative’s schedule for a visit to our refuge in March, but she was in Washington.”
KNOW when Congress is in recess.
“We tried to contact the Senator’s field rep, who works with our park, in his state office, but he had left.”
Jobs are not permanent for Congressional staff.
“We sent the request for our budget asks for the Forest Service Research Station to our Representative’s Washington Office and District Office in August, but we were too late.”
KNOW the budget process!
100 Members, 2 represent each state
Can you name your two senators?
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440 Members, represent districts within each state.
The average number of citizens in each district is 750,000.
Can you name of your member of the U.S. House of Representatives?
If not click HERE and enter your zip code.
Senate and House Committees write the bills that outline an agency’s authorizations and budgets to deliver the laws that will be implemented on the ground
If you work with Department of Interior agencies (e.g. BLM, FWS, or NPS) and/or the FS, check out the Senate Energy, EPW and Agriculture websites to see if one of your senators serves on one of these committees.
The House committees include
Natural Resources for the BLM, FWS, NPS, and FS. Also check out Agriculture for the Forest Service.
For over 35 years, Woods Institute has delivered classes on the policy process on Capitol Hill for staff from public lands agencies both in the field and in Washington, DC for managers and executive leaders from these agencies. Partners and NGOs play a critical role in supporting these agencies.
Passing laws on Capitol Hill is very hard. For a piece of legislation or bill to be successful, it must pass both the Senate and the House and be signed by the President in a two-year time period, the length of a Congress. Such success requites consensus, compromise and comity, attributes that are extremely difficult in the current politically polarized climate in the United States.
How to Engage?
Our webinars are hosted using either Microsoft Teams or Zoom. Woods Institute is responsible for course components including oversight for audio, video, and file sharing. A participant guide and the associated webinar slides will also be made available. Audio recordings are also available if requested prior to the webinar.
These Two-hour Webinars provide valuable tools for NGOs’ access to the legislative and budget processes in the U.S Congress that impact these federal public lands agencies’ programs and budgets.
Our Webinars build an effective toolbox for anyone wishing to help the missions of these agencies. The topics covered include but are not limited to: