Wilderness Watch is keeping an eye on the actions of the 117th Congress. We will be tracking wilderness bills and working to derail those that would harm Wilderness, and we’re working with Congress to improve oversight of and support for the federal agencies’ wilderness programs.
Wilderness Watch has a tool to help track wilderness bills in the current Congress. It is a running tally of bills, pointing out the bad bills and their flaws, along with the good bills.
• View wilderness bills in the 117th Congress.
Outlook for the 117th Congress: coming soon
TO FIND AND CONTACT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS:
You can write your senator or representative at:
Senator (Name), US Senate
Washington D.C. 20510
Representative (Name), US House of Representatives
Washington D.C. 20515.
SOME TIPS FOR CONTACTING CONGRESS:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Past Wilderness in Congress alerts (116th Congress):