How to Organize an Environmental Impact Statement Letter Writing Campaign

Two Methods:Setting up the letter formatPreparing for the letter writing event

When there is problem in your community, how do you get people together fast to send individual signed letters in protest or in favor? During an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process a complete petition is counted as one comment. Here's how to organize a campaign to send individual comments in letter form.


Reach out to a variety of communities. Are there environmental justice issues (adverse impact greater in minority area)? Have Native American groups been contacted about burial grounds or sacred sites? What are the state-listed endangered species? How about federally listed ones? What will the project do to traffic? What does the State Historic Preservation Officer say? Have federal agencies such as Corps of Engineers (wetlands) EPA (pollution) and Fish and Wildlife (species) received notice? Answer these questions to look for areas of concern.

Method 1
Setting up the letter format

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    Identify separate areas of concern.
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    Write a short letter with each concern.
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    Identify the area in the first paragraph.

Method 2
Preparing for the letter writing event

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    Ask an elected official to fund a full page ad telling of the event.
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    Ask local media for coverage.
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    Ask the sign printer for free signage. You could also ask local businesses for donations to help pay for the signs.
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    Design form letters to be used at the letter writing event.
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    Have event visitors fill out the form letters during the letter writing event.
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    Have event visitors write their own personal letters during the event, if they want to do this.
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    Make sure to include envelopes or send the letters bulk mail after the event ends.

Tips

  • Do not have elected officials use this as a platform.
  • Keep the originals and send copies.
  • If you have the time or manpower: create a mailing list and send acknowledgment and "thank yous" for their participation.
  • Do not have any agenda but to have the letters written and addressed.

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