Pulling it all Together – Part 2

Hello and Happy Wednesday to everyone!

As we continue on the actual writing of your comment letter, please remember NOT to copy and paste the information we share here and send it into the Park.  IF you do, the Park will end up counting all of those comments as ONE comment.  We are asking that you take a moment to customize the information we are giving you and make it your own original comment.

Did you do your homework yesterday?

We asked that you write your heart out to the Park and let them know you feel about their proposed action, to eliminate all of the wild horses from the Park.

If you did, please set that aside for now.  We hope that helped you get all of the emotions and feelings out of the way so that we can now work on your SUBSTANTIVE comment letter.  We are not saying there is no place for yesterday’s homework, – we do think there will be an opportunity to pepper that in once we finish this letter.

Comment letters are being sent to Superintendent Richman so your letter should be addressed to her.  Remember, be respectful. 

Next, you should let her know why you are writing to her:

Dear Superintendent Richman:

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed Livestock Plan currently being reviewed that includes the wild horses of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Here is where you can pepper in some of yesterday’s homework:

My family has been coming to Theodore Roosevelt National Park for generations.

Or

I make a trip to Theodore Roosevelt National Park at least three times a year.  I have been doing that for xx years.

Or

My grandmother brought me to Theodore Roosevelt National Park when I was 6 years old.  I have visited the Park every year since for the last 55 years. 

Add in that seeing the horses is always the highlight of your trip. 

You get the idea…

And then add in everyone’s favorite line…

If the horses are removed from the Park, I will not be back. 

Feel free to elaborate if you choose.

Then give some FACTS:

I know that as one person that may not matter, but according to the results of the Brownlee study, 89% of Park visitors feel the same way that I do.  They stated that they want to continue to see horses in the Park.

Feel free to elaborate as you choose.  Talk about tourism – how the loss of those 89% of people impact not only attendance for the park, but it will also negatively impact small businesses in the town of Medora and the surrounding communities as well as the entire state of North Dakota.

Does that make sense? 

Do you see how adding facts to your own personal statement about not returning to the Park strengthens your letter?

I want to take this slow and give you time to work on your letter as we continue.  We have 16 days left to finish this letter and it won’t even take us half of that time 😊

Remember:

  • You CAN comment more than once.
  • Your letter can be as short or as long as you want it to be.
  • Your comment to the Park becomes part of the public record!
  • Your comment ONLY counts on the Park’s planning website: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/documentsOpenForReview.cfm?projectID=105110&parkID=167 or by mail: Superintendent, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, P.O. Box 7, Medora, ND 58645.
  • Just under 200 wild horses are counting on YOU to be their voice!

We will tackle another part of the comment letter tomorrow.  For today, work on making this part personal to your thoughts and feelings. 

Please continue to send us your questions.  We will continue to work to incorporate them into our blogs.

Thank you for your support and have a GREAT night!


One thought on “Pulling it all Together – Part 2

  1. I appreciate CHWHA pointing out that we can write more than one comment. Do the numbers of comment letters count, as long as they are not form letters, even if the same person sends multiple in? Is there a “risk” they would count it as only one if from an individual, repeatedly?
    Thank you for all of the help and information you provide!

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