Thanks Farq.Fellow WFF'ers,
Signing petitions can be helpful, but I think a more effective means of getting our voices heard is to contact our representatives directly. I think the most dangerous part of the current public lands transfer issue is that the average person isn't (and never will be) paying enough attention. Many people never camp, hike, or fish and even those who do rarely get into the backcountry. Out of sight, out of mind. I fear it will be easy for special interests to sneak this issue past the general public. With that said, we CAN make a difference. If we swamp our representatives with calls and emails, it could help. Local government pays more attention to that sort of thing than the big timers in Washington.
The Washington State Legislature makes it very easy to email your representatives. Just type in your address and it automatically loads the form submission. At the end, it even gives you the opportunity to send the message to all your other district reps. Make sure you identify HB 1103 on the form! Check it out here: http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/
If you're busy and don't have the time to type something out, feel free to copy and paste my message, or just use it as a template (FYI - 1,000 word limit):
"I write to you today to express my deep concern over new legislation that aims to sell off federal public land. As an avid hiker, backpacker, and fly fisherman, public land is critical to my way of life. Spending time outdoors helps me deal with the stresses of daily life and is the closest thing to a religious experience that I have yet to find. The attitude that some representatives have shown towards our public lands - that our public land legacy is an untapped commodity to be sold off to the highest bidder - is deeply upsetting. While I understand the need to utilize some of our natural resources for revenue generation, some seem hellbent on privatizing that resource. Privatization slams the door on public access and responsible management. I want to know where you stand on HB 1103. I see it as just one piece of a wider disturbing trend extending all the way to Washington. I look forward to hearing from you."