A Note On Advocacy vs Lobbying
NYORC is a powerful network of outdoor organizations that come together to work through the many challenges of managing public lands and creating responsible, equitable access to them. Our guiding principles look to use the power of the collective coalition to develop ideas and solutions to those challenges and bring forward recommendations, actions, information, or advice that further the coalitions principles. We loosely define this engagement as "advocacy". Our work is to investigate, educate, and bringing forward recommendations that help to inform the development of or changes to policy or activities of others. While at times challenging, this is the activity that is needed to support, lift, and advance greater equity in the outdoors for underrepresented and historically marginalized populations and protect the environment.
The activities of the coalition do not directly engage ("lobby") elected officials on legislation.
Our coalition partnerships are built on trust. Transparency is key. The coalition's conversations will likely challenge each of us from time to time. The value of this coalition is participation by all. If your organization is unable to "sign on" to positions and recommendations of the coalition but still values the mutually beneficial engagement, then that organization should elect Affiliate Membership rather than Membership A or B. Affiliate members will not be automatically added to any positions or recommendations of the full coalition without consent. Lean more about membership categories >>