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Sample LTE on saving Blanchard Mountain

Supporters of saving Blanchard State Forest from logging should submit Letters to the Editor of their local paper, particularly in Skagit and Whatcom counties. It’s recommended that supporters use the below letter as a template, but also customize it to show their own voice and why they believe Blanchard is important. Acceptable LTE submission length varies between publications, but is typically less than 400 words.

Supporters of saving Blanchard State Forest from logging should submit Letters to the Editor (LTEs) in their local papers, particularly in Skagit and Whatcom counties. LTE submission forms or editor contact information are usually available under the Contact Us link on most publications' websites. You can also try calling your local paper and asking about submitting a Letter to the Editor.

It’s recommended that supporters use the below letter as a template, but also customize it to show their own voice and why they believe Blanchard is important. Acceptable LTE submission length varies between publications but is typically less than 400 words.

Sample Letter to the Editor:

Save Oyster Dome and Blanchard Mountain from logging

Dear PUBLICATION HERE Editor,

I love Blanchard State Forest and want its essential parts protected forever.

Located between I-5 and the Chuckanut Highway just south of Bellingham, Blanchard is widely cherished. Its many popular hiking, biking and riding trails, like Oyster Dome and Lizard and Lilly Lakes are hugely popular, drawing tens of thousands of people each year.

My family visits Blanchard for a wonderful local taste of what makes the Pacific Northwest so special. From bird and wildlife watching, to towering evergreen trees and incredible views of the San Juan Islands and Puget Sound, it can all be found at Blanchard. It’s a spectacular place that’s close to home, and having access to it is important to our community and our quality of life.

That’s why I want people to know that there could be logging soon in the core of Blanchard Forest, including around the prized area near Oyster Dome, if the state legislature does not act in 2017!

This special place valued by so many Washingtonians could be dramatically altered. Hikers, bikers, wildlife watchers, and anyone who wants to protect Blanchard from chainsaws and heavy machinery must contact their elected leaders during the 2017 legislative session to prevent this avoidable tragedy.

State plans to log the entire Blanchard State Forest were met with great concern in the 2000’s. A diverse group of stakeholders was convened, and with support from the state Department of Natural Resources and Commissioner of Public Lands, the group announced the Blanchard Forest Strategy agreement in 2008.

The agreement identified a 1,600-acre core zone that would be conserved for recreation and environmental qualities and would no longer be logged. But the agreement only holds if the State legislature provides funds to meet the needs of schools and other trusts that depend on revenue from state land.

To date, the Legislature has supported Blanchard with $6.5 million. But this session in Olympia is the last chance for the remaining $7.7 million to be committed to prevent logging.

If you care about Blanchard Forest, Oyster Dome, and this unique place near the heart of the rapidly growing Puget Sound region, please speak out and help save Blanchard Mountain!

Sincerely, 

YOUR NAME HERE

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