April 30th, 2014

Act Now to Speak Up for Fiscal Year 2015 National Wildlife Refuge System Funding

Dear Friends,

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies will hold public witness day on April 10th. This is your chance to join with other groups supporting public lands and the environment and talk to members of the subcommittee about the needs and challenges of your refuge. This subcommittee has a major role in determining the fiscal year 2015 budget for the Refuge System.

In past years the testimony of Friends made a lasting impact on committee members that led to increases in Refuge System funding.

The simple act of requesting to testify tells the members of this committee that people care about federal funding for their refuge and the Refuge System. If the committee receives requests from the 230 Friends groups from across the nation that simple act tells the committee that people care about the Refuge System. Hill staffers have told NWRA that committee members are not hearing about the Refuge System therefore NWRA and others have concerns that Refuge System funding could be short changed.

Please, please, submit a request to testify as soon as possible. Every request will help to improve the chance that the Refuge System will see an increase in the fiscal year 2015 budget.

THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT REQUESTS TO TESTIFY IS MARCH 13, 2014!

To submit a request please send an email by Thursday, March 13, 2014 with the subject line: “request to testify” to: INApprop.Detailee@mail.house.gov. In the email please state who will be testifying, the subject of the testimony, and contact information.

Complete instruction for requesting to testify and providing written testimony for Public Witness Hearings can be found at http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/fy2015_instructions_for_submitting_requests_to_testify.pdf. Getting an invitation to testify is a competitive process and usually, only one or two Friends groups are selected to testify. The subcommittee will notify you shortly after March 13th if you are selected to testify.

Please submit your request to testify as soon as possible and copy me, jpatterson@refugeassociation.org, on your request. If you are selected, NWRA can assist you with your testimony and logistics.

Thanks for all you do!

Regards,

Joan Patterson
Director of Grassroots Outreach
National Wildlife Refuge Association
1001 Connecticut Ave. NW, S-905
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202.290.5594
Email: jpatterson@refugeassociation.org

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