Protection Toolkit banner - Big Trees April 2013

Make your concerns heard by writing a letter to local officials, reminding them of trees’ importance to the health and well-being of the community.

Credit: SPUR

Credit: SPUR

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • To be most effective, keep the letter concise and to the point. The length of the letter should not exceed one page.
  • Always use and provide your real contact information [name, address, phone, email etc.] when contacting legislators.
  • City officials are often juggling many priorities and budgets, so make sure that your letter conveys not only the historic or cultural significance of your tree, but the economic value it provides as well. Dollars and cents are often a priority with government officials.
  • Remember to share personal and family experiences about your tree and the numerous benefits it provides to your community to get your point across.
  • Remember to spell check your letter before sending it. Have a trusted friend review and give suggestions.
  • Share your letter with others in your community to inspire them to write their own letters, or sign onto yours. Sharing your letter on your social media pages, such as Facebook, is one effective way to get the word out.

Download a sample letter. (Word)