How to contact your legislators

It's easy, and opportunities abound depending on how much time and effort you want to spend.

Federal government: Click the name of your Senator and Representative in Congress to be directed to their "Contact Me" pages, where you'll have the option to email, call, and/or visit in person. 

Senator Maria Cantwell (D)
Senator Patty Murray (D)
Representative Suzan K. DelBene (D-1)
Representative Denny Heck (D-10)
Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-3)
Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-7)
Representative Derek Kilmer (D-6)
Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-5)
Representative Rick Larsen (D-2)
Representative Dan Newhouse (R-4)
Representative Dave Reichert (R-8)
Representative Adam Smith (D-9)
 

State government:  If you know who your state senator and representatives are, you can find their email addresses on this list.  If you don't know who represents you in Olympia, use this handy map on the Washington legislature's website to find out. 

 


Congressman Reichert's Resolution on Public Lands

Our thanks go out to Washington Congressman Dave Reichert (R-District 8) for the bipartisan House Resolution he introduced in February with Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D-CA-47) recognizing America's public lands as national treasures deserving of our protection and preservation.

"Federal public lands are a network of treasured places," the resolution reads, providing ecosystem services, economic opportunities, habitat, and "priceless wilderness and solitude."  

In a press release published on his website, Congressman Reichert noted that "it is our duty to make sure our children and grandchildren are afforded the same experiences" Washingtonians currently enjoy through the blessings of "beautiful feats of nature" in our state. 

This is yet another example of Representative Reichert speaking up for nature in Congress: last year, we honored him with a Conservation Champion award for his work on the Land & Water Conservation Fund.

You can thank Congressman Reichert for his leadership by sending him a message via his website, and stay up to date on the movement of the bill through Congress by following House Concurrent Resolution 27.

Check out the full resolution here. 


Environmental Lobbyists use their outside voice

 Thank you to the many participants who made trips to Olympia to speak up for nature with their legislators.  Check out our blog post wrapping up February's Advocacy Days in Olympia.

Thanks to our volunteer photographer Hannah Letinich for documenting meetings on Forest & Community Resilience Advocacy Day!

Stay tuned to this space for more information about how you can be engaged in public policymaking for the benefit of nature and people.


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Floodplains by Design Lobby Day: Wednesday, February 22

February 22:

Floodplains by Design project sponsors and stakeholders are invited to Olympia next Wednesday, February 22nd to meet with their legislators and members of key committees.  This day is also the Washington Association of Land Trusts Lobby Day in Olympia, and lunchtime will offer a chance for FbD project sponsors and land trust members to network.  Floodplains by Design projects provide multiple benefits for communities, including flood risk reduction, improving public access to recreation, and restoring wildlife and salmon habitat.  Lobby Day will also be a chance to advocate for other salmon recovery programs, including the Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration (PSAR) Fund, the Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program (ESRP), and the Salmon Recovery Funding (SRF) Board. 

Agenda for Wednesday, 2/22
9-11am:     Advocacy Packet pickup at The Nature Conservancy's Olympia office, 120 Union Ave SE
10am:        Optional Advocacy Training at TNC's Olympia office, 120 Union Ave SE
11am:        Legislator meetings begin
12-1pm:    Provided lunch in the House Rules Room, Remarks by Representative Steve Tharinger
1-4pm:      Legislator meetings continue

Materials are available here for download and will be provided in Advocacy Packets on the 22nd.

Please RSVP to brittany.gallagher@tnc.org to ensure you have the chance to meet with your legislators.


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Advocacy Days in Olympia during the 2017 Legislative Session

January 2017:

Speak up for nature in Olympia this session!  Following is a partial list of opportunities to visit your legislators in Olympia and talk directly with them about the importance of nature in your backyard.  Follow the links for more information. 

Thursday, February 9th - Forest and Community Resilience Advocacy Day

Hosted by the Forest and Community Resiliency Roundtable, this day of advocacy begins with a breakfast and remarks from agency and non-profit leaders who have come together with landowners, timber industry partners, mill operators, and community groups such as Washington's Forest Health Collaboratives and the Washington Fire-Adapted Communities Learning Network to support locally driven large-landscape projects to improve forest and community resilience.  A full day of meetings with legislators is scheduled.  At 5:30pm, join legislators and fellow advocates for a screening of Wenatchee production company North40's presentation about living in the Era of Megafires

An agenda for the event is available, but please note it is subject to change.
Nearly forty meetings with legislators have been scheduled for Forest & Community Resilience Advocacy Day and registration for participant advocates has closed.  If you'd still like to participate, please contact brittany.gallagher@tnc.org.

Registered Participants: Build your Advocacy Packet by downloading the documents linked below, or pick one up at breakfast on Thursday. 

Available Thursday morning in paper packets:

  • Talking points on forest and community resilience to help guide conversations with legislators;
  • Meeting groups and detailed agenda of meeting times and locations

If you are participating on Thursday and don't know your legislative district, go here to find it.
Parking is available at the Natural Resources Building (though you'll need to buy a parking pass), or at metered spaces around Capitol Campus.  See the map linked above and this link on parking for more information.

Agenda for Thursday, February 9th

7:30am            Breakfast and Advocacy Packet pick-up, Natural Resources Building Room 172; 1111 Washington St. SE
8:00am            Remarks by agency and non-profit leaders; review of talking points
                        Divide into groups for legislator meetings
8:45am            Walk together to legislative buildings
9-12pm            Legislator meetings
11:45-1:30pmLunch available for pickup, Pritchard Building, 415 15th Ave. SE
12-1pm            Abbreviated Era of Megafires showing hosted by Wildfire Caucus
12:30-4:45       Legislator meetings
1:30-3:30         Hearings on forest-related bills in House and Senate committees
5:30-7:30pm    Era of Megafires presentation, Columbia Room, Legislative Building; 416 Syd Snyder Ave. SW

See you soon! 
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Monday, February 13th - Parks and Great Outdoors Legislative Day is hosted by the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Coalition and includes a daytime event beginning at the Women's Club of Olympia and an evening reception at the Governor's mansion.  See the event page here for more details and to RSVP.

Wednesday, February 15th - 'Big Tent' Outdoor Recreation Rally Day will include many lovers of Washington's great outdoors under one really big tent at Olympia's capitol campus from 10am-2pm.  The Nature Conservancy will have a table at the event - please stop by before or after you speak with your legislators about your love for nature.  See the event page here for more details.

Wednesday, February 22nd - Floodplains by Design Lobby Day will involve meetings with legislators whose districts are home to Floodplains by Design projects.  All FbD project sponsors and their partners are strongly encouraged to attend.  Please RSVP to brittany.gallagher@tnc.org so we can schedule the appropriate meetings.  This day is also the Washington Association of Land Trusts Lobby Day in Olympia, and lunchtime will offer a chance for FbD project sponsors and land trust members to network. 
For a list of Floodplains by Design projects proposed for funding in the 2015-17 biennium, please see this document.  And check out the Floodplains by Design program's accomplishment on this cool infographic.


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Hopeful Progress for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Your calls and outreach to our federal elected leaders have made a difference! The Land and Water Conservation Fund, the country’s most successful conservation effort, has been included in the final federal budget package released last night, Dec. 15.

The 50-year-old program expired in September, and its future was in serious jeopardy. The federal budget package reauthorizes it for three years and funds it at $450 million for the first year.

This short-term reauthorization of LWCF in the budget package is helpful progress that will allow continued investment in the lands and waters that sustain our communities, boost our economy and safeguard our environment. And, it will do so with higher funding next year than the program has had for many years.

This means that critical, ready-to-go Washington conservation projects in Washington could have an opportunity to move forward.

This isn’t the end. Congress still must vote for the budget package, and is expected to do so in the next several days. Our delegation’s votes will be critical.

In addition, we must continue to work toward a fully funded and permanent future for LWCF. Conserving our nation’s lands and waters is not a short-term need; it is a long-term foundation for our future.

Washington’s delegation has fought for a permanent reauthorization of LWCF,  and your calls, letters and outreach on social media encouraged and supported them in that effort.

Thank you for your support, and please take a moment to thank our elected leaders for their work on behalf of this crucial conservation program.

THANK SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL
THANK SENATOR PATTY MURRAY
THANK CONGRESSMAN ADAM SMITH
THANK CONGRESSWOMAN SUZAN DELBENE
THANK CONGRESSWOMAN JAIME HERRERA BEUTLER
THANK CONGRESSMAN DAVE REICHERT
THANK CONGRESSWOMAN CATHY MCMORRIS RODGERS
THANK CONGRESSMAN DEREK KILMER
THANK CONGRESSMAN DAN NEWHOUSE
THANK CONGRESSMAN JIM MCDERMOTT
THANK CONGRESSMAN DENNY HECK
THANK CONGRESSMAN RICK LARSEN


SPEAK UP FOR THE LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND

YOUR VOICE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

We need your help today!

Congress is wrapping up negotiations for the yearly appropriations bill, one of the final legislative packages expected this year, and LWCF needs your help to make it into the final package.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund is the country’s most successful conservation effort, and has channeled more than $637 million in funding to Washington. Beloved places have benefitted from LWCF, including public access and campgrounds at Mount Rainier, boat launches and moorage at Deception Pass State Park, and more. The 50-year-old legislation expired earlier this year, and now is the time for Congress to reauthorize it.

Our delegation has supported this important conservation legislation. A thankyou message from YOU will ensure that their efforts are recognized and our leaders will continue to fight to ensure that this important conservation legislation continues to support healthy nature and people in Washington and across America.

Send the following message to your Senators and Congress member (email addresses below):

As your constituent and a proud Washington resident, I’m writing to thank you for your steadfast support and urge your every effort to reauthorize and fully fund the Land & Water Conservation Fund, the nation’s most important conservation investment to date.

The Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has helped protect some of Washington’s most treasured places. Your leadership and support to the many projects and initiatives directly resulting from LWCF have helped to channel about $637 million in federal funding to Washington over the past five decades.

Our beloved and iconic places have benefitted from LWCF, including public access and campgrounds at Mount Rainier, boat launches and moorage at Deception Pass State Park, majestic views along the Pacific Crest Trail, and thousands of acres of wildlife habitat for hiking, camping, hunting and fishing in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. Not only are these places core to our state’s identity; they are critical economic drivers as well, supporting 227,000 direct jobs and a $22 billion-dollar outdoor economy.

The Land & Water Conservation Fund exemplifies our Washington way of life.

Again, thank you for your leadership and support for the Land & Water Conservation Fund. Please, do everything in your power today to ensure that it will continue to help our state thrive in the future. 

Sincerely,

Name

THANK SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL
THANK SENATOR PATTY MURRAY
THANK CONGRESSMAN ADAM SMITH
THANK CONGRESSWOMAN SUZAN DELBENE
THANK CONGRESSWOMAN JAIME HERRERA BEUTLER
THANK CONGRESSMAN DAVE REICHERT
THANK CONGRESSWOMAN CATHY MCMORRIS RODGERS
THANK CONGRESSMAN DEREK KILMER
THANK CONGRESSMAN DAN NEWHOUSE
THANK CONGRESSMAN JIM MCDERMOTT
THANK CONGRESSMAN DENNY HECK
THANK CONGRESSMAN RICK LARSEN


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SPEAK UP FOR HEALTHY FORESTS AND WILDFIRE REDUCTION

YOUR VOICE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Our congressional leaders recently cosponsored legislation to improve funding for forest health on federal lands.

A thank you message from YOU will make sure that these good deeds are not unrecognized and that our leaders will continue to fight to ensure that Washington’s forests are healthy for people and wildlife.

Send the following message to thank your member of Congress:

As a constituent, I am grateful that you co-sponsored the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act. WDFA is a top priority for The Nature Conservancy in Washington State.
The Wildfire Disaster Funding Act is a good step in promoting healthier forests to reduce catastrophic wildfires like the Carlton Complex or Taylor Bridge fires.
This Act will not only protect communities from millions of dollars in fire damage, but will also create jobs and protect and restore habitat for wildlife.
Please let me know if there is anything that I or The Nature Conservancy can do to support this effort.
Thank you

Thank Senator Maria Cantwell
Thank Senator Patty Murray
Thank Congressman Adam Smith
Thank Congresswoman Suzan DelBene
Thank Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler
Thank Congressman Dave Reichert
Thank Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Thank Congressman Derek Kilmer
Thank Congressman Dan Newhouse
Thank Congressman Jim McDermott
Thank Congressman Denny Heck
Thank Congressman Rick Larsen


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SPEAK UP FOR WASHINGTON'S PUBLIC LANDS

YOUR VOICE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

One of our nation’s premier conservation programs, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), is set to expire by the end of September unless Congress takes action now. LWCF, which is funded by offshore oil and gas royalties—not taxpayer dollars—has protected iconic landscapes like the Olympics, Mount Rainier National Park, the Pacific Crest Trail, and Lake Chelan.

But LWCF needs our help.

Senator Maria Cantwell recently unveiled bipartisan legislation that includes permanent reauthorization of LWCF. Now we hope the full Senate will support it, and that the House will take similar action, before the fund expires.

Please thank your member of Congress for their past support of LWCF and encourage them to continue working to renew this critical program. You can use the following points to write a quick message:

Dear Senator/Representative,
Thank you so much for all that you have done to support the Land and Water Conservation Fund and all that it has done for Washington’s quality of life.
Just over the last 5 years, LWCF has protected over 11,000 acres of working lands, created 14 new parks, preserved almost 40,000 acres of wildlife habitat for sportsmen and supported a robust $22 billion outdoor recreation economy in Washington.
With less than 15 days until LWCF expires, please do everything that you can to ensure that this essential program is renewed for our and future generations.
Thank you.

THANK SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL
THANK SENATOR PATTY MURRAY
THANK CONGRESSWOMAN SUZAN DELBENE
THANK CONGRESSMAN RICK LARSEN
THANK CONGRESSWOMAN JAIME HERRERA BEUTLER
THANK CONGRESSMAN DAN NEWHOUSE
THANK CONGRESSWOMAN CATHY MCMORRIS RODGERS
THANK CONGRESSMAN DEREK KILMER
THANK CONGRESSMAN JIM MCDERMOTT
THANK CONGRESSMAN ADAM SMITH
THANK CONGRESSMAN DAVE REICHERT
THANK CONGRESSMAN DENNY HECK


Thank you for supporting people and nature.