The advocacy program protects the environment through participation in local government, and organizing volunteers to become active participants in local environmental issues. The Advocacy Program works to exhaust all legal remedies available to preserve the unique biological diversity of San Bruno Mountain. Litigation is used as a last resort to stop immediate threats to the environment. Forging positive working relationships with agency staff members is also critical. By cultivating these relationships the SBMW can prevent future problems and guide policy toward a more positive environmental direction.