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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.

Wilderness Watch has developed a new tool to help track wilderness bills in the current Congress. It is a running tally of bills (currently more than 45), pointing out the bad bills and their flaws, along with the good bills. TO VIEW CURRENT WILDERNESS BILLS, CLICK HERE.

TO FIND AND CONTACT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, VISIT
http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml. You can write your senator or representative at: Senator (Name), US Senate, Washington D.C. 20510 or Representative (Name), US House of Representatives, Washington D.C. 20515.

SOME TIPS FOR CONTACTING CONGRESS:
1. Personal letters, either hand-written or typed, make a greater impact than email. It’s best to also fax your letter because security measures may delay mail delivery to Congress. "CC'ing" your letter (or email) to the chair of the appropriate committee(s) is a good idea too, as committee chairs play an important role on most legislation.

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.
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