Wilderness in Congress
Wilderness Watch is keeping an eye on the actions of the 113th Congress. In addition to tracking wilderness bills and working to derail those that would harm Wilderness, we’re working with Congress to improve oversight of and support for the federal agencies’ wilderness programs.
We're seeing that all the talk of “change” hasn’t yet reached the halls of Congress when it comes to some wilderness legislation. One might have hoped that Wilderness would get a reprieve from being used as a form of currency to be bartered for political favors. Sad to say, but so far old habits still hold sway.
SOME TIPS FOR CONTACTING CONGRESS:
2. Phone calls are an effective way to let your elected official know that you are for or against a particular bill. But you shouldn’t an intern or receptionist who answers phones to relay a detailed or complex concern to your Congressperson–they may not convey them accurately.
3. Email is not always the most effective means of communicating with Congress, but it’s easy to do, and unlike a phone call, your words are delivered by you, rather than interpreted by someone else. Remember to always include your address and phone number. This makes you a "real" person, rather than a contact spot on the internet, and it lets your Congressperson know that you are a constituent.