Sign here to add your name and tell Democratic leadership that we are grateful for their work protecting the Tongass! We will be sending letters to each Tongass Strongheart with YOUR name, telling them thank you and to keep up the good work.
Senators Cantwell, Udall, Leahy, Schumer, and Tester and Representatives Pelosi, Hoyer, Grijalva, Lowey, and McCollum,
I am writing today because I care deeply about the Tongass National Forest and want to give you my heartfelt thanks for everything you did for us during the FY2018 omnibus negotiations process. Your willingness to stand up to Senator Murkowski as she tried to undermine some of the strongest protections for the Tongass was more than admirable. In this time of political turmoil, it is hard enough to get progressive legislation passed let alone block actions by powerful figures like Murkowski, but you did.
The Tongass is the heart of Southeast Alaska. It supports our booming fishing and tourism-based economy and inspires all those that visit it or call it home. In contrast, the timber industry—which Senator Murkowski has spent her career attempting to resurrect—represents less than one percent of all jobs in Southeast Alaska while threatening the tourism and fishing industries.
I know that Senator Murkowski will continue proposing these riders in one form or another—and probably soon. Therefore I want to both thank you for your action and hard work, and ask you to continue to stand up for the Tongass, Southeast Alaska, and all of those who care about this special place.