When working on natural resource policy issues, you will more than likely be spending some time working with legislators, agencies, and their officials. Yours will not be the only voice they hear, and likely not the only opinion they will need to consider when formulating the policies that will ultimately affect your opportunities and activities.
Developing and maintaining good working relationships with elected and appointed officials at all levels is essential to making your voice heard and influencing the shaping and outcome of legislation and policy development and implementation. While you may come to the table with a great deal of experience in the necessary skills, it's more likely that you will need some help in this area of public policy involvement.
A government relations program for your organization is about much more than lobbying elected officials in an effort to influence a particular policy-making process. It's about developing ongoing and long-term relationships with not only elected officials, but also with key agency employees at all levels. When you want your voice heard and the information you bring and your opinions valued, those working relationships count for a great deal.