Over the past 3 years I have become much more "aware" of our political landscape and how it will impact sportsman now and into the future. I have no alliance to a particular political party (more of a political mut really) as I agree and disagree with stances that both sides bring to the table. Living in Bend, OR, I would like to know how I can get involved, join a group, that brings important topics like the sportsmans act to the forefront in the community? I see the sheer number of outdoor enthusiast who live and vacation here in Bend and think to myself," man, if REI would charge a 5% tax on gear just think of all that money that could be used for wildlife and wild places conservation". Like a Pittman Robertson or Dingell Jonson excise tax but for outdoor equipment since all those non consumptive user groups need is a $35 northwest forest pass to use the federal land. I apologize for being long winded and Maybe I am naive, just turned 30, but I feel like I can make a difference and want to be as efficient with my time and my money here in Oregon and hope it leads to bigger things. Please let me know what can/ has/ should be done for someone like me wanting to be involved but not knowing where to start. Writing my representatives just doesn't feel like enough. Thanks!