Say it effectively
Studies show a personalized email or letter is a more effective method of communication than a mass automated email. Point and click activism only goes so far! Take the time to create a thoughtful, professional communication so you and your ideas are taken seriously.
- Be simple, concise, and to the point. Keep your communication to one page, if possible.
- State how the issue affects you, your neighbors and community; your public lands; or the wildlife and habitat. Think of ways to tell your personal story and present a unique perspective.
- Be sure to state your expectations and desired course of action. Ask for a response if appropriate.
- Be informed about the representative’s voting history and position on the issue. Thank elected officials and bureaucrats for previous good votes and/or decisions.
- For email communications, consider the importance of the subject line. Avoid attachments; however, if they are necessary for more information, refer to the attachments in your message.
Letters to the Editor
Want to shake things up and bring more attention to an issue? Consider writing a letter to the editor. It can be a powerful way to create and influence public and political awareness and opinion. Click here for some helpful tips.
Public Comments to Agency Plans/Proposals
Submitting comments on agency plans is important for many reasons. Public comments help the decision making process and it is your right to express your opinions and provide substantive comments when it comes to what happens with our public lands.
You don’t need to be an attorney you
just need to:
- Be specific about your concerns with the agency’s proposed action and why you believe it is wrong.
- Ask the agency questions that they must then address in their analysis.
- Pay attention to deadlines and submit comments per the instructions provided.