Thank you letter to Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers

Thank you letter to Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers

Conservation Northwest / Mar 04, 2019 / Action Alert, Legislation, Public Lands

WILD NW Action Alert #287: Thank Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers for voting in support of public lands and wildlife.

Eastern Washington is rich with a diversity of wildlife and opportunities for outdoor recreation. Whether it’s fishing the Snake River or hiking the roadless ridges of the Colville National Forest, our region’s incredible public lands are a source of pride for residents of the Inland Northwest. Last week, U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers represented these values by supporting the bipartisan public lands package.

U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodger’s vote in the public lands package will support wilderness like Emerald Lake in the Colville National Forest. Photo: Tiana Luke

Read our letter thanking Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers below, then send her your own message of appreciation!

With her vote on the Natural Resources Management Act, which passed in the House 363-62, we can continue to enjoy the outdoor heritage of Eastern Washington and leave a natural legacy for future generations. She deserves a sincere thank you.

Please join us in thanking the Congresswoman for standing up for our public lands, recreation opportunities, wilderness areas and wildlife by filling out this simple form.

Thank you! Please share with friends or family in Eastern Washington’s 5th Congressional District to be sure Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers knows her constituents support public lands, wilderness and wildlife conservation.

Thank you letter to Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers:

Dear Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers,

As an organization working for the protection of our region’s public lands, wildlife and local communities, Conservation Northwest would like to express deep gratitude and appreciation for your vote in support of S.47, the bipartisan lands package. Public lands and wildlife support our state’s quality of life and local economies, and we’re so pleased that you voted in support of them last week.

Washingtonians share a love for wilderness, animals and careful stewardship of the natural legacy we leave for our children. We are grateful for a Congressional delegation that effectively reflects those values and stands together for our shared natural heritage.

In addition to countless benefits to our state and nation as a whole, your support for this bipartisan legislation directly supports the public lands, wildlife, economy and community of Eastern Washington. The rich outdoor opportunities in this part of our state, including trails on Mount Spokane and public fishing and boating access to the Spokane River, are a source of pride for many residents of the Inland Northwest. Public access to these and other wild places was made possible by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Ensuring the LWCF continues to function is a victory for all Americans.

The public lands package also protects priceless areas such as the Methow Headwaters, as well as securing wilderness stewardship for several iconic areas in other states. I’d much like to see similar wilderness protections for the wild roadless areas of the Colville National Forest, which support local hiking, wildlife watching, and backcountry hunting opportunities as well as tourism dollars for small towns including Republic, Chewelah and Ione.

The beautiful landscapes of Eastern Washington are worth cherishing, and your support for public lands will ensure that future generations have the opportunity to take pride in enjoying these wild places as we do.

Your decision to vote yes on the public land package is part of a historic victory, and marks an important, shared appreciation for our natural heritage. We owe you our earnest thanks.


Conservation Northwest

The incredible view of the Colville National Forest and beyond from Abercrombie-Hooknose Roadless Area. Photo: Eric Zamora.