Stay recreation healthy, exercise your right to vote
Much is said today about exercise as a way to stay healthy. Well, "exercise" and "healthy" come with many meanings. As 2008 is an election year, your best exercise to stay "recreation healthy" is your right to vote.
Time for a little "election year" pontification and starting from top down...
The President does set an agenda. Also, the President does appoint some critical positions that can have a significant impact on access to public lands.
The Senate is a slow deliberative body that is prone to rhetorical discussion and seldom moves fast on any issue.
The House is a wildcard. They are up for re-election every two years and have a tendency to be more reactive to publicity issues of the day; especially, if they can turn it into a vote.
State: (this specific to California, other states are similar)
Governor: Like the President, they can set an agenda and they do have a number of appointments that can have an impact on access and recreation.
Senate: Similar to the federal in that the Senate is a slow, deliberative body that is prone to rhetorical discussion and little action. They are heavily influenced by special interests and public opinion polls.
Assembly: Similar to the federal in that the Assembly is more responsive to public opinion and polls than the Senate. They are prone to endless discussion and very responsive to special interests.