People can change

Congress

The Sierra Club

Brought a group of citizens to Washington D.C, , June 2014, to share what it means to protect wild places , restore ecosystems and create more National Parks and Wilderness Areas.

We came from all over the United States young and old, outdoorsy types and urban dwellers but all lovers of outdoor recreation . http://outdoorindustry.org/advocacy/recreation/economy.html

To Celebrate the Wilderness Act

We were briefed on what is important to share with our Congressional Policy Makers

Complex facts on the impacts of industrial level fossil fuel extraction

and why we wanted to educate Congress

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Inside the Beltway

Of Congress

We got on the train to share, as only a citizen can, with our leaders and went .......

Under the Capitol

Into the

Inner Sanctum

To meet our Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard

Senator

Mazie Hirono

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa

The Youth Came

Believing they will make a difference with their Congressman Eric Swalwell

Heroes like Congressman David Price of North Carolina spoke of their Love for Alaska's endangered Tongass National Forest

Senator Brian Schatz

The youngest member , at 41 , of the US Senate and Member of The Senate Resource Committee reaffirmed his commitment to Wilderness protection.

Later The Wilderness Society honored Hero's of Congress who have spent their whole careers saving and protecting our Nations wilderness areas

Rep George Miller

Who is responsible for Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley

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Rep Rush Holt

Who in fact is a rocket scientist

Part of the education process was to share with The Senate and Congress the economic value of recreation to the American Economy , valued at $656 Billion a year http://outdoorindustry.org/advocacy/recreation/economy.html www.outdoorindustry.org

Sierra Clubs Our Wild America Program www.Sierraclub.org/ourwildamerica

The Sierra Clubs Our Wild America Team June 23-25 , 2014

There is more to the halls of power than granite and sandstone carved pillars

Get out there!

Wade some rivers , bag some peaks before it's too late!

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