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Help spread the word about why this delisting proposal is a conservation tragedy! Here are some ways you can make your voice heard!
Reach out to Decision Makers
In addition to signing petitions (click here for a current list), you can reach out directly to elected officials and let them know what you think of this delisting proposal and why it shouldn’t be allowed to move forward. Don’t be afraid to call, write, email, tweet, post or even request a meeting in person.
Here’s the contact information for the key decision makers.
Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell
Phone Number: 202-208-3100
Department of Interior on Facebook
DoI Twitter: @Interior
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
You can also reach out to your other elected officials – the more people in power who can speak out against the delisting, the better.
Tap into Social Media
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs and other interactive online outlets are quick and efficient ways to communicate and share information and views.
Spread the word on wolf recovery and other important wildlife conservation efforts by sharing Defenders’ emails, blogs, tweets and Facebook posts on your own blogs and social media accounts so that the topic can reach an even wider audience.
You can also take advantage of the option to post comments to newspaper articles and other items you read online. These comments are gaining visibility and attention—particularly among lawmakers on Capitol Hill interested in seeing what their constituents have to say on a subject.
Write a Letter to the Editor
Letters to the editor are great advocacy tools. They reach a large audience, including elected officials. They can bring up information not addressed in a news article and illustrate more widespread support for or against an issue. Here are some tips to help ensure success in getting your letter published:
Know the newspaper’s policy. Call the newspaper or check its website for its requirements for printing letters from readers. Some newspapers have strict word-count limits; others only accept letters from people who live in the community. Many newspapers even have forms on their websites for submitting letters.
Focus on the message. As you write, always keep in mind what you want the reader to come away with after reading your letter. Don’t make the editor wonder what you’re trying to say.
Be concise. Keep your letter brief (150 to 200 words) and limited to one topic. If your letter is too long or complicated, it may be edited or discounted altogether. You can be direct, engaging and even controversial, but never defamatory or obscene—no matter how provoked you are.
Refer to specific articles in the paper. While some papers print general commentary, your chances of getting printed increase if your letter refers to a specific article. However, don’t do a lengthy rehash of the article, simply refer to it briefly.
Be timely. When responding to an article, submit your letter to the editor as soon as possible. You want the original article to be fresh in the mind of the audience.
Get personal. The best letters contain attention-getting information or personal anecdotes. Refer to personal stories to make your point. Use personal examples whenever you can.
Include your contact information. Many newspapers will print a letter only after verifying the identity and address of the author. Provide your full name, address, ZIP code and daytime telephone number so the newspaper can easily contact you to verify your letter or to discuss editorial changes prior to publication.
Don’t give up. Most publications are very selective. The smaller the newspaper’s circulation, the better your chances of getting your letter printed. Don’t keep calling to check on the status of your letter. If your letter isn’t selected, don’t be discouraged. You can send a revised letter with a different angle at another time. Be aware, too, that many publications have guidelines about repeatedly printing letters from a single individual, so don’t expect to have your letters printed on a regular basis.
Share your success. If your letter is published, don’t stop there. Send the clip to your elected officials so they see what their constituents are writing and reading about. Don’t forget to send a copy to Defenders of Wildlife, too. It’s your voice that helps us succeed in our work and we want to hear it.