The Federation looks to its members to help it carry out its mission. They work in their own areas to realize its aims. Vice presidents in each state where it is organized may be authorized to speak officially for the Federation. Its president is its chief spokesman. The Federation is also represented in Washington, D.C. where it collaborates with others and offers testimony. Alerts are sent periodically to its member clubs about matters that command its attention.
Its official newsletter, Outdoors West, is sent a number of times each year to its members. It features stories that provide more background on emerging issues, as well as news of its member clubs.
Each summer delegates from member clubs gather at a convention to decide the Federation’s positions on issues of concern. Resolutions are submitted by member clubs and are discussed and adopted by the delegates. The resolutions often provide an early warning of new threats and display the breadth of the issues that concern conservationists. They weld together a coalition that can harness the energies of thousands of concerned members. The resolutions provide a springboard for action to enlist the support of public officials and legislators.