Desert Lands Focus of Washington Visit
We then made the trek to the three House buildings, which contain the offices of 435 House Representatives. We met with Representatives in desert districts affected by the Desert Plan and the desert bills. A local and diverse voice from the desert was our team’s collective strength. The outdoor business industry, Latino, Native American and hunting communities were in the same room sharing stories about our connections to public lands. We conveyed the message that users of public lands should reflect the diversity of our nation and represent all Americans.
It is an empowering experience bringing your history and stories to decision makers at the Capitol. These days we are awash in critically important issues and as dozens of Congressional staff in each office track many issues it is important they are also hearing about public lands, the people who rely on them, and the assault against them. DC fly ins are about meeting people face to face and developing relationships that can last years. If you cannot travel to DC rest assured Friends of the Inyo is elevating our local issues to Congress.