I just finished taking Del Albright's Recreational Leadership Training Course (RLTC -- Recreational Leadership Training Course by Del Albright) and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in land use issues. The course is broken down into 10 modules that are about 16 pages each, making them "bite sized" and not too overwhelming. The modules cover everything from planning and organization to how to retain volunteers to how to deal with politicians and bureaucrats and get them on our side. Outside of land use, there are a lot of valuable leadership and management tips that can be applied to other aspects of life, from running your business to raising your kids. This last summer I managed a crew of 30 people in Alaska, facing challenges like power outages, bad weather, and volcanoes erupting. I don't have a lot of management experience, I usually work on my own. I really wish I had taken this training course before I went up to Alaska! If you don't know about Del, he is a Blue Ribbon Coalition Ambassador and was the catalyst for the Friends of the Rubicon, so he knows a thing or two about land use and volunteering. He is also a member of IH8Mud (jeepndel) and has a pretty cool Jeep that he wheels all over the West Coast. He has done a better job than anyone I have seen in bridging the gap between the "hard core" side and the "old school" guys (and even Jeep owners and Toyota owners ) in getting everyone on the same page and working together towards a common goal. The course costs $150, but if you belong to Blue Ribbon or another land use organization (like Cal4Wheel or Tread Lightly!) you get 20% off. To sweeten the pot even more, Del organizes a raffle at the end of the year for people who have completed the course. A bunch of companies that support responsible land use, like Warn, ARB, and Powertank, kick down some great prizes (RLTC Sponsors). Kurt Schneider (the genius who organized the Rock Zombie Bikini Car Wash- Rock Zombie Bikini Rig wash and swap meet! - Pirate4x4.Com Bulletin Board) just won a T-Maxx winch in the last raffle! More information is on Del's website at RLTC -- Recreational Leadership Training Course by Del Albright .