July 2019


If we understand it correctly, the endorsement of a petition carries more credibility if it is an individualized, signed hard copy of a letter that is sent through the mail service.  Please include a copy of the petition in case the person is not familiar with the subject matter. Even a short hand-written note asking the official to please support the Petition will go a long way.

If you want to add more substance to your messages, here are some links to helpful talking points:  Petition Talking Points  and What is a Suction Dredge.

That the Trump Administration is interested in helping us is proof that letters through the mail do work. We began an industry-wide letter writing campaign several months ago and it actually may be working in our favor!

Telephone calls also carry significant weight, depending upon how far up the chain of command you can reach.

Form letters or email perhaps carry the least amount of credibility; since in this modern world of high-tech, it is more than likely that the capability exists to generate as many fake endorsements as one side of an issue desires.

The jury still remains out on the effectiveness of using email to endorse a petition. Again, hackers could conceivably generate as many emails as they desire.

In this day of digital communications, if you are not going to send in hard copy letters, we are listing the different emails and other modes of contact that we have located for most of those listed on the petition, along with several others who might be helpful to us.

In any event, you must include your full name and physical address or your message is likely to be discarded. Please keep threatening remarks out of your message. Unlike other message campaigns, this one is being directed to officials who want to help us. How’s that for a positive change?


David Bernhardt, Secretary of the Interior, U.S. Department of Interior, 1849 C Street, Washington DC 20240  (202) 208-3100  feedback@ios.doi.gov

Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 C Street, SW, Washington DC 20530  spurdue@usda.gov or feedback@oc.usda.gov

Donald J Trump, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500 Comments: 202-456-1111  president@whitehouse.gov

Dan Jorjani, Principal Deputy Solicitor, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20240  dan.jorjani@sol.doi.gov

Cally Younger, Deputy Solicitor General, Division of Land Resources, U.S. Department of Interior, 1849 C Street, Washington DC 20240  202-208-4423  cally.younger@sol.doi.gov

Jim Cason, Associate Deputy Secretary, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20240 (202) 208-6291 jim.cason@sol.doi.gov or  jcason@ios.doi.gov (we think)

Joe Balash, Assistant Secretary Land & Minerals Management, 1849 C Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20240  (202) 208-3500  joseph_balash@ios.doi.gov

James Hubbard, Under Secretary for Natural Resources & Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 C Street, SW, Washington DC 20530

Vicki Christiansen, US Forest Service Chief, Sidney R Yates Building, 201 14th Street, S.W., Washington D.C. 20024 (202) 205-8439