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Dear Oregon Wild Supporter,
Remember those scenes from old-timey movies, where a flood of people would make telephone calls and the screen would cut to a panicked room full of switchboard operators frantically pulling and inserting plugs to patch people through to their desired connection?
Well, I'm pretty sure technology has advanced since then, but today, for the Wild Rogue, we're going to try and replicate that image.
Along with our partner groups in the Save the Wild Rogue coalition, Oregon Wild is asking you to call Representative Peter DeFazio today (that means grab that phone and make a quick call now) and urge him to protect Oregon's whitewater-rolling, stuffed-with-salmon, super-scenic Rogue River Wilderness.
If you just can't wait, a sample script for your phone call is below, along with the numbers for Rep. DeFazio's Eugene and D.C. offices.
For those of you who like to think before you act, here's some more details on the Wild Rogue.
|Rafters on the Rogue. (photo by KS Wild)
A narrow stretch of the Rogue River was protected under the original Wild & Scenic Rivers Act of 1968. It's been 40 years since then and the Rogue is in need of Wilderness protection now more than ever.
The good news for the Rogue is that Rep. DeFazio has already shown that he is a champion for the river. Last year, he introduced legislation that would have granted Wild & Scenic protection to the 143 miles. The reason we are all calling today is to encourage Rep. DeFazio to include the Wilderness protection for the Rogue in his next bill. The proposed wilderness area has been subject to logging plans for over a decade, and the only thing that is sure to put the kibosh on those plans is the gold standard of protection: Wilderness.
Give Representative DeFazio a call today at:
Euguene office: 541-465-6732
D.C. office: 202-225-6416
Here's an example of what you can say (but be sure to spice it up and make it yours…you wouldn't want to call the Congressman and not make an impression!):
I am calling to thank Representative DeFazio for his past support of the Wild Rogue. Protecting this area is crucial to supporting our natural heritage, local outdoor businesses, and the quality of life that places like the Rogue provide.
With this in mind, I would encourage the Congressman to once again introduce legislation that protects the river. Further, I would hope that his next bill also includes protections for 58,000 acres of wildlands surrounding the river that should be forever protected as Wilderness.
Again, I thank the Congressman for his efforts to protect this Oregon treasure and urge him to keep up the good work for the Rogue.
I can hear the switchboard humming already.
For the Wild Rogue,