2.4 Steps for Involvement

Your CAC should generally follow these steps in its policy engagement activities:

  1. Monitor legislature and agency actions for issues related to you Policy Priorities.
  2. If identified wildlife issues fall within scope of involvement (see Section 2.3), proceed. If not, continue with step 1.
  3. Determine if the identified wildlife issue falls within scope of a current TWS or subunit Position Statement. If yes, proceed with step 6.  If no, proceed with step 4.
  4. Determine if policy issue relates to larger wildlife conservation issue in greater scope to warrant development of policy statement. If yes, continue to step 6.  If no, you may consider not getting involved in this issue.
  5. Develop a committee to draft a position statement (See Section 4). Use current TWS  position statements as guidance.
    1. Draft statement should be scientific-based; avoid emotional involvement
    2. Submit draft statement to TWS GAP Staff prior to approval to ensure statement falls within framework of TWS Position Statements
    3. Position Statements should be approved by subunit Executive Board to become official statements of the subunit
  6. Determine if the policy issue involves any existing or potential partnerships or coalitions you may have. Involve other groups in the issue where possible and practical – there is strength in numbers.
  7. Use the relevant position statements to frame your actions on the current issue. Determine what action would be best; which action is best is likely based on the content of the issue and at what step in the policy process the issue is currently (See Section 5). Potential options include (See Section 3):
    1. submit a letter to legislature or executive agency administrator
    2. write a Letter to the Editor of a local newspaper or other media outlet
    3. submit comments on proposed agency rules
    4. meet with agency or elected officials to discuss the issue
  8. Engage membership in your actions, if applicable. Actions taken with congressional representatives, in particular, can be heavily influenced by the involvement of your members that live in their districts.  Be sure to keep your members aware of the work you are doing on their behalf.
  9. Follow-up on your actions. Thank members of the legislature or agency for meeting with you and listening to your concerns.  If they made a favorable decision, express your support, and consider doing it publicly.

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