CALL TO ACTION
Make a call. Make a difference. Take action now to make your voice heard on the issues you care about.
USING THE PHONE BOOTH
(OR YOUR PHONE)
Here’s everything you need to take action and contact your elected officials in Washington, D.C. It just takes a few minutes and is one of the most effective ways to advocate for change!
STEP 1 – PICK A SCRIPT
Explore the digital KEEN Effect phone book below and choose a call script.
STEP 2 – DIAL
Call the Capitol switchboard and follow the prompts to connect to your U.S. Senators or Representative.
STEP 3 – MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD
Politely deliver your message from the script or your own words, whether you get connected to a person or voicemail.
SELECT A CALL SCRIPT HERE
1. Support Responsible Public Lands Management
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
The mission of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership is to guarantee all Americans quality places to hunt and fish. We help create federal policy and funding solutions by uniting our 55 partner groups and amplifying the voices of American sportsmen and women in service of Theodore Roosevelt’s conservation legacy. We’re the #publiclandsproud organization. To support our current efforts to advocate for the responsible management of public lands, visit sportsmenscountry.org. Learn more about us at www.trcp.org or @theTRCP
2. Protect Public Lands
In the last two years, public lands have faced increasing threats. Congress has seen bills proposing to sell off millions of acres of public lands, transfer management authority to extractive industries, or roll back the public’s voice in caring for these places. Your goal is to make your representatives know that any attacks on public lands will not be tolerated, and that they are an attack on the outdoor life you love.
3. Oppose Efforts to Sell Off Public Lands
The Wilderness Society
Americans own 640 million acres of wild, public lands. Our public lands support recreation and hunting opportunities as well as countless lakes and rivers that provide clean drinking water for our communities. Some state and congressional lawmakers seek to rob Americans of our shared public lands, handing them over to state governments to manage at their discretion. Records show that the states have a history of selling lands and prioritizing profit over public interests.
4. Revive National Forest Land and Waters with Infrastructure Funding
Our National Forests and grasslands spread across almost 10% of the U.S. They are owned collectively by YOU-the American people-but are managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Unlike National Parks, extractive industries like logging, mi ping, livestock grazing are allowed on National Forests, yet these activities can leave scars on the landscape. Now, some of the biggest problems across these lands and waters stem from a crumbling road infrastructure-built for the logging boom in the 1970's but not maintained for the recreation boom of today. Congress needs to prioritize fixing the recreation infrastructure we do need and retire excessive roads we do not need. With enough road miles to circle the earth 15 times, the cost to fix them all is billions and billions. We can be strategic and smart because we know where the 149 million forest visitors go; we know which streams supply 69 million Americans with " drinking water and we know where wildlife are most vulnerable. Congress should support a sustainable road system.
5. Save the Boundary Waters
Save the Boundary Waters
Chilean mining giant Antofagasta, which owns Twin Metals, has proposed a massive copper mine immediately adjacent to and upstream of the Boundary Waters. One year ago, Twin Metals’ old, expired mining leases were denied and federal agencies proposed a 20-year ban on mining in the watershed of the Boundary Waters, beginning with a 2-year pause and environmental study.
6. Protect the Tongass National Forest
Alaska Wilderness League
The Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska is America’s largest temperate rainforest. Over 1 million acres have been logged from the Tongass to date, with stands of trees that are up to 600 years old destroyed for short term economic gain. This unsustainable practice is a threat to clean waters, salmon habitat, and the wild landscapes that support wildlife and draw over one million visitors each year. The Forest Service has taken action to end old growth logging, however these protections are under attack today.
7. Protect the Roadless Rule
Backcountry recreation on roadless areas in our National Forests are protected from development by something called the Roadless Rule. The Roadless Rule was established in 2001 after enormous public outreach. It says that we cannot build new roads or harvest timber on roadless areas, but they are still open for a range of recreational activities, including climbing, hiking, mountain-biking, paddling, and backcountry skiing. While these areas are protected from new development, they are less restrictive than Wilderness areas in terms of what you can do there. Right now, the Roadless Rule is facing several attacks, which could have a big impact on how these special backcountry areas are protected. Your goal is to tell your representatives that backcountry recreation is protected by the Roadless Rule and they should stand up for it.
LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND
1. Reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund
Land & Water Conservation Fund Coalition
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is our country’s most important conservation program. Over the past five decades, LWCF has protected land in every state, funded more than 41,000 state and local projects, and plays a pivotal role in supporting our outdoor recreation economy. It does all of this at zero cost to the taxpayer. If Congress does not take action soon, this vital program will expire.
2. Reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers
Created by Congress over 50 years ago, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) remains America’s most successful conservation program. Despite widespread bipartisan support, the future of LWCF is in jeopardy. Unless congress acts, LWCF will sunset on Sept. 30, 2018. Join BHA in urging your members of Congress to advance legislation permanently reauthorizing and dedicating funding for LWCF.
1. Defend Our National Monuments
The Conservation Alliance
In December, on the heels of a summer-long National Monument review conducted by the Department of Interior, President Trump ignored millions of Americans and signed executive orders that attempt to shrink the boundaries of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, both in Utah. These actions were met with immediate lawsuits challenging the President’s authority to make such changes, and an uproar of disapproval from the American people. While the courts continue to review the legality of Trump’s actions, members of Utah’s Congressional delegation introduced legislation to turn the President’s actions into law.
HR 4532 or the Shash Jaa National Monument & Indian Creek National Monument Act introduced by Utah Rep. John Curtis, would leave just 15 percent of the original Bears Ears National Monument intact with the creation of two smaller monuments. The bill would establish a new management council that excludes three of the five tribes who advocated for the protection of Bears Ears National Monument.
H.R. 4558 or the Grand Staircase Escalante Enhancement Act introduced by Utah Rep. Chris Stewart, attempts to codify Trump’s action of halving the national monument by creating three new monuments and one new National Park in the area, leaving much of the existing landscape open to mineral extraction. The bill would also transfer control of these four areas from the federal government to state and county decision makers.
H.R.3990 or the National Monument Creation and Protection Act introduced by Utah Rep. Rob Bishop guts the Antiquities Act – the law responsible for protecting some of America’s most important National Parks and Monuments.
In addition to attacking the Utah monuments, the Department of Interior has proposed dramatic changes to the management of many more national monuments across the US.
2. Support the Antiquities Act and National Monuments
The Wilderness Society
Initially signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, the Antiquities Act has since been used by 16 presidents (8 Republicans and 8 Democrats) to create more than 150 national monuments. Nearly half of our national parks including the magnificent Grand Canyon and Acadia were initially protected as national monuments. Despite being one of our nation’s most successful conservation laws, the Antiquities Act is under attack from the same ideological extremists who want to sell off our public lands no matter what Americans who rely on them think—even if it means undermining our outdoor recreation economy and ensuring our cultural heritage is lost for future generations.
3. Defend Bears Ears National Monument
Friends of Cedar Mesa
On December 4, 2017, President Trump reduced the Bears Ears National Monument by 1.1 million acres. Now, Congress is considering a bill affirming these reductions without talking to Native American Tribes. Join conservation partners, the outdoor industry, and American public land owners in asking Congress to listen to Tribal voices and restore Bears Ears National Monument in its original size and protect it from harmful energy development and mining.
4. Cascade-Sisiyou National Monument – Ensure it Remains Intact
Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
National Monuments are more than public lands. They are incredibly special landscapes that are set aside for future generations. Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is threatened and we need your help to ensure that its status is not changed by the Trump administration.
5. Defend Gold Butte National Monument
Friends of Gold Butte
Gold Butte National Monument in southern Nevada is a treasure trove of cultural, historic, and natural wonders including thousands of petroglyphs and artifacts documenting 12,000 years of human history and rare and threatened wildlife. But now, Gold Butte and other national monuments are under attack. Join native Nevadans, businesses, recreation, outdoor groups, and countless other citizens of the world in asking Congress to keep protections in place for Gold Butte National Monument and the Antiquities Act.
6. Save Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Grand Staircase Escalante Partners
In an unprecedented and outrageous attack on public land, President Trump gutted the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument on December 4, 2017, allowing nearly one million acres of previously protected lands to be opened to mineral leasing beginning in early February 2018. This action is currently being challenged in court, as most legal scholars agree that only Congress can reduce National Monuments. Adding insult to injury, Representative Chris Stewart has introduced HR 4558 Grand Staircase Enhancement Act. This bill would: codify the legally questionable Presidential Proclamation; transfer America’s public lands to the State of Utah (despite assurances by Secretary Zinke that this would never happen); create a sham National Park that would not be managed by the Park Service, but by Utah elected officials.
OCEANS AND RIVERS
1. Protect the Arctic from Offshore Drilling
Alaska Wilderness League
The Trump administration has announced a proposal to expand offshore oil drilling in U.S. waters, including in the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Arctic Ocean. New drilling puts our nation’s coastal communities, beaches, surf breaks, and marine ecosystems at risk of a catastrophic oil spill, threatening ocean recreation, tourism, fishing industries, and the environment. We need to urge the Trump Administration and Congress to #DefendOurCoasts!
2. Support Wild & Scenic River
In 2018, we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Congress established our nation’s system of Wild and Scenic Rivers to protect rivers possessing outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural, or other similar values, in their free-flowing condition for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. A number of bills in Congress seek to expand our nation's system of protected rivers.
3. Protect Wild Rivers from Mining
Mining lobbyists are pushing Congress to overturn mining bans for wild rivers across the West despite the strong support from local communities and of every political stripe. The Wild and Scenic Rogue and Smith Rivers in Oregon and California and wild rivers near Yellowstone, Washington’s North Cascades, and the Grand Canyon are all under threat. The existing protections came after years of robust public involvement, including overflowing local public meetings and overwhelming comments in support of protections for protecting wild rivers.
4. Acting on Ocean Acidification
From air pollution and land-based runoff, carbon pollution is flooding our ocean. As more carbon pollution is absorbed by the ocean, our ocean becomes acidified. This hurts animals’ growth and survival—which of course hurts the animals that eat them and the people who fish for them. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, and all around the world, communities are preparing for the impacts of ocean acidification. Whether you’re a fisherman, in the tourism industry or just a fan of seafood, this is a problem that affects all of us.
5. Protect Clean Water
The Clean Water Act is an important law that regulates discharges of pollution into our nation’s waterways. Since water flows downhill, protecting the source of rivers is vitally important to keeping our waterways healthy. Following years of uncertainty about whether the Clean Water Act protected headwater streams and wetlands (about 60% of the nation’s waters) from pollution, the Obama Administration established the Clean Water Rule to clarify that the Act does protect headwater streams and wetlands. In 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers began to repeal and replace the Clean Water Rule with less protective measures that threaten the health of our nation's rivers and the drinking water, habitat and recreational values that they support.
6. End the Use of Drift Gillnets
The Pew Charitable Trusts
California is the last state to allow destructive mile-long drift gillnets. These nets target swordfish and thresher shark but over 60 other species are caught as bycatch, including endangered sea turtles and whales. More dolphins and porpoises are killed in this fishery than all other U.S. West Coast and Alaska fisheries combined. If Congress doesn’t act, the needless injury and death of marine wildlife will be allowed to continue.
7. Healthy Fish Populations Mean Healthy Oceans
From the smallest shrimp to the mightiest marlin, all of our ocean fish species benefit from the protections provided through the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The law’s science-based framework has worked to bring more than 40 once depleted stocks back to healthy levels since 2000. Today, levels of overfishing in U.S. waters are at an all-time low—even as catches are increasing. There is still much work to be done to protect the progress we’ve made and continue to help other stocks recover so that all fishermen have fish to catch.
1. Tell Congress to Protect Our Air
Natural Resources Defense Council
President Trump and EPA Administrator Pruitt are working relentlessly to reduce protections for clean air and a healthy climate, jeapordizing the health and well-being of millions of people across the nation while putting the interests of big polluters first. The Clean Air Act helps keep harmful pollutants, like those from vehicles, power plants, and other industries, from entering our lungs and our atmosphere. The $887 billion outdoor recreation industry depends on a clean and safe environment and healthy people to enjoy the outdoors. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is calling on Congress to block these rollbacks, assure a clean and safe environment for all Americans, and hold the fossil fuel industry accountable for its health-harming and climate-changing pollution.
1. Support the Recreation Not Red-Tape Act
The Recreation Not Red Tape Act (RNR) is a bipartisan bill introduced in 2017 that prioritizes recreation on our public lands. This bill makes it easier for Americans to get outdoors by streamlining the permitting process, and introducing a new organic designation to protect public land, called National Recreation Areas. This protection would preserve important front country land and keep it accessible for recreation uses. RNR has been introduced in both the House and the Senate by both Democrats and Republicans, and needs support from members of Congress in order to pass and be signed into law. Your goal is to tell your representatives that this bill matters to you (their constituent), and they should support it.