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Help Ensure Conservation Remains Part of the Conversation

The armed occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge has put a spotlight on the role of public lands in our nation. Attending a town hall meeting or candidate forum is a great way to voice your concerns and hear what elected officials or candidates for office think about public lands.

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge | Caroline Brouwer
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge | Caroline Brouwer

Open to all in the community, a town hall meeting or candidate forum provides everyone with the opportunity to pose questions, express concerns and hear updates from elected officials or get to know candidates for public office.

We’re asking you to attend a town hall meeting or candidate forum to ask the following question about the role of public lands:

The recent events at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon have created a lot of discussion about the role of national wildlife refuges, parks and other federal lands. Some think that public lands should be transferred to states or sold for private use. Is that something that you would support and what do you believe is the role of public lands in the United States?

We’d love to hear the response. Discussing conservation as an important issue in your community will help us better advocate for and protect wildlife refuges, the only federal public land system dedicated to wildlife conservation first.

Have a friend take a video of you asking the question and the reply. Then email the video to us at: nwra@refugeassociation.org. Or, comment on this post with the reply.

Participating in a town hall meeting is simple. Follow these steps.

  1. Contact the offices of your elected officials or candidates for office to get the dates and times of any upcoming town hall meetings. These events are typically posted on the official’s website and advertised in your local newspaper or other local media outlets.
  2. Get prepared for the meeting. Take a copy of the above question. Consider bringing a friend to video you asking the question and the reply.
  3. Attend the meeting. Upon arriving at the town hall meeting, check to see what the procedure is for asking questions.
  4. When called on, ask the following question: The recent events at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon have created a lot of discussion about the role of national wildlife refuges, parks and other federal lands. Some think that public lands should be transferred to states or sold for private use. Is that something that you would support and what do you believe is the role of public lands in the United States?
  5. Tell us about it! Let us know what happened during your town hall meeting. It’s important we get this information so we can better advocate for protection and conservation of wildlife refuges.
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Philadelphia |Ian Shive
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Philadelphia | Ian Shive

Permanent link to this article: http://refugeassociation.org/2016/02/help-ensure-conservation-remains-part-of-the-conversation/

3 comments

  1. Diana LaSarge says:

    I support leaving public lands under federal protection.

  2. Ken Thompson says:

    Transferring our national treasures, Parks and Refuges, is NUTS! Special interests who spin their personal economic objectives will characterize the Malheur incident as Federal takeover and abuse, when in fact the process of Eminant Domain has given these private enclaves ample opportunity to be handsomely compensated for their land, in some cases more than a hundred years. While I believe our nation should focus on improving infrastructure on our public lands, rather than adding more public land, converting Refuges and Parks to private ownership with all their “No Trespassing” policy is NOT in the national interest of building pride in our Nation. Most federal land in our western states is managed by BLM and USDA Forest Service, with economic development such as logging and mining being their primary focus. Isn’t it enough to support economic interests on these federal lands without dismantling federal ownership of Parks and Refuges?

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