As Appalachian Forest Heritage Area continues to work with West Virginia Congressional delegations to seek National Heritage Area designation for Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area, they need to show widespread support. You can show your support by a support letter to AFHA, and/or by contacting your Congressional offices directly.
Contact Your Representatives
Directly contact your representatives. Call their DC office and leave a message, or email through their web site contact. You can also contact their in-state staff and share this message as well.
Contact your Congressman to thank them for their sponsorship of HR 693 to designate Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area, and encourage them to also support HR 581 the National Heritage Area Program bill.
Congressman David McKinley, WV 1st https://mckinleyforms.house.gov/email-me 202-225-4172
Congressman Alex Mooney, WV 2nd https://mooney.house.gov/contact 202-225-2711
Congressman Evan Jenkins, WV 3rd https://evanjenkins.house.gov/contact (202) 225-3452
Congressman John Delaney, MD 6th District http://delaney.house.gov/contact/email-me 202-225-2721
Contact your Senator’s office to thank them for their support, and encourage them to again sponsor a Senate bill to designate Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area. Encourage them to also support a bill to establish a National Heritage Area Program.
Sen. Joe Manchin http://www.manchin.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact 202-224-3954
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito http://www.capito.senate.gov/content/contact-shelley 202-224-6472
Sen. Ben Cardin http://www.cardin.senate.gov/contact/ 202-224-4524
Sen. Barbara Mikulski http://www.mikulski.senate.gov/contact/ 202-224-4654
Please drop an email to email@example.com to let us know the contacts you’ve made, and if you get a response.
Write AFHA Support Letter
You or your organization can show your support by sending a support letter or resolution directly to AFHA. Then we can share it with our representatives to show our widespread support. If you previously wrote a letter, you can write a new one that indicates renewed support, or discusses progress that AFHA has made since our initial round of letters in 2004 – 2006. We also are seeking letters that support the National Heritage Area Program and passage of a NHA Program Bill. Success with this bill will make passage of the AFNHA bill much more likely. For general support letter or resolution, please include the following sentiments: I/we support National Heritage Area designation for the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area
Also acceptable, although not as strong a statement, is: I/we support national recognition of the significance of our forest region (or of our forest heritage assets.)
Address it to: Appalachian Forest Heritage Area Board, PO Box 1206, Elkins WV 26241
If you email it, pdf is preferred with an original signature.
Send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Letter content, samples, talking points:
The letter can talk about your own organization if you want, and how AFHA has benefited or will benefit your work. It can include ways you expect to be involved or support AFHA. Some additional talking points follow – just pick what applies to you, and feel free to rephrase it if you want. The letter can be short (preferably keep to one page) – but best in your own words. It doesn’t matter so much what you say, but more that fact that you have made the effort to write.
Talking Points – AFHA:
Talking Points – NHA Program Bill:
Sample organizational letters can be found at the AFHA website.
Sample organization letter
ys you expect to be involved or support AFHA. Some additional talking points follow – just pick what applies to you, and feel free to rephrase it if you want. The letter can be short (preferably keep to one page) – but best in your own words. It doesn’t matter so much what you say, but more that fact that you have made the effort to write.
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