Advocacy Alert! Blanchard Update and Evergreen Lobby Day
Below are a couple of opportunities to get involved and help make a difference locally and statewide.
Blanchard Mountain Update:
Here’s a quick update on the effort to preserve the core 1,600 acres on Blanchard Mountain. The Governor has added $1.5 MM towards Blanchard in his biennium budget, but that is $6.2 MM short of the final goal. Please join a virtual town hall meeting with Representatives Kris Lytton and Jeff Morris on Thursday, February 9th at 6 PM to discuss options to help save the Blanchard Core from future timber harvest. Details are below:
Thursday, February 9th at 6 PM – Phone #: 1-877-229-8493 AND ENTER PIN # 116359.
Background: On February 9th at 6pm, there will be a virtual telephone town hall meeting being facilitated by state legislators Jeff Morris and Kristin Lytton. A representative from DNR will begin the meeting with an overview of the history of the Blanchard Strategies Agreement. Then representatives Morris and Lytton will talk and then there will be a chance to submit a question. The aides will curate the questions and choose representative questions that allow the ensuing discussion to cover the range of issues that are of concern. You can learn more about Blanchard here.
What can you do right now to help?
- There is a simple form set up that you can use and it directs your comment to the Governor and your Representatives. http://org.salsalabs.com/o/1201/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=20326
- Call your Legislators to let them know that you’d like to see all of the Core acres set aside and preserved from future timber harvest. http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/
Evergreen Lobby Day – February 22nd in Olympia
Get involved! Join Eric Brown and like-minded riders from around the state as we meet with our representatives and discuss how we can continue to make Washington the best place to ride mountain bikes. The only requirement for this is to be passionate about trail access and mountain biking. Evergreen will have meetings scheduled for us with our legislators and will help with a morning training session on topics. If you’ve ever wanted to get involved in government, this is a fantastic opportunity in a low-stress, fun manner. Bellingham folks will carpool down to Oly together, so if you intend on going and register, please let us know and we will figure out driving logistics.
Registration Info and more details here: