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2. Any access road shall be east of the south fork of the Santa Ana River and shall not be visible from or pass through the areas now used principally for hiking and camping in South Fork (Slushy) meadow;
3. No public overnight accommodations permitted ;
6. That operator of lift facilities contribute 242 percent of gross receipts to a trust fund to be administered jointly by the U.S. Forest Service district ranger and the executive board of the Sierra Club for the improvement and extension of camping, hiking and outdoor facilities generally in the San Bernardino National Forest.
After having carefuly weighed these and many other facts, opinions and statistics, KAVR feels we must support the bill of Congressman Ken W. Dyal. Time is short. Hearings on this bill will be held in San Bernardino on November 16th and 17th. So make your voices heard, give your support and write today to Congressman Ken W. Dyal and Walter S. Baring, House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
For more information and copies of this KAVR editorial write San Gorgonio, KAVR, Apple Valley, California.
Apple Valley, Calif. Hon. WALTER S. BARING, Chairman, Subcommittee Public Lands, Longworth House Office Building, Wash
ington, D.O. DEAR CONGRESSMAN BARING: I'm writing this letter to encourage the passage of Congressman Dyal's bill on San Gorgonio. I feel that a ski resort in this vicinity would be a great asset to our communities and would serve thousands more than are currently being served because of its inaccessibility. This is the only location in this entire area that would guarantee the winter sportsman snow for his skiing since it's a much higher area for a winter sport area than any other we have here. It would also give families a place to go to enjoy winter recreation and activities in this area. I personally look forward to spending my hours in this resort area rather than traveling hundreds of miles to find snow in other areas. The dollars spent by the people who live here would be spent in our vicinity rather than in another community if the San Gorgonio bill is passed. I once again urge passage of Congressman Dyal's bill and request that this letter be part of the official report of the hearings. Very truly,
YUCCA VALLEY BOARD OF REALTORS,
Yucca Valley, Calif., October 27, 1965. Hon. WALTER S. BARING, Chairman, Public Lands Subcommittee, House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
DEAR SIR: This is to advise that the Yucca Valley Board of Realtors at a general meeting approved and endorsed the bill #6891. It is our wish that this letter be made a part of the official report of the hearings. Sincerely,
ALFRED M. FISHER, Executive Secretary.
APPLE VALLEY, CALIF., November 15, 1965. Hon. WALTER S. BARING, Chairman, Subcommittee on Public Lands of House Committee on Interior and
Insular Affairs. DEAR MR. BARING: I am writing to state my objection to the proposed legislation, dealing with the San Gorgonio wilderness area, which is about 50 miles from my home. (I live near Victorville, California.)
I am fourteen years old and I am a Boy Scout. I have camped and hiked with my troop and with my family all over California and the West. So, being a Scout and a camper, I tend to side with the conservationists. I feel that if the areas is opened with roads and facilities, it would ruin the area. America is swiftly destroying its natural resources. An area of this sort should be left in its natural state.
The people who are opening the area claim that nature lovers need not fear that the area will be destroyed. But once you put roads into it, that allows anyone who wants to drive a motor vehicle to come into the place. Soon beer cans and trash will litter up the area. Also many people are often careless and start fires. They don't care one bit about what they do, just so long as they are having fun.
The hikers who come into the area now, are experienced campers. They have enough sense and enough love for nature, that they will leave the area as it was when they arrived.
Once man occupies a wilderness area, it no longer remains that way. Wildlife disappears. First get started and destroy timber and watersheds.
The area will eventually become a littered-up mess, just like much of the rest of our country has become.
It is my opinion, that if the area were opened, it would only benefit a few: the few who can afford the facilities, and a few who want to earn a "quick dollar” on their investment.
Lastly, if this is allowed, other demands will merely take advantage of the situation. As the saying goes: “If you give them a finger, they'll take a hand."
I think it would be more wise for the benefit of the people and America, if the area were kept as it is now. The important thing is that the area not be tampered with by man. I am sure that I speak for all conservation-minded future citizens. Some of my friends have asked to join me in making this appeal." Yours truly,
GREEN OAK RANCH Boys' CAMP,
Vista, Calif., December 13, 1965. COMMITTEE ON INSULAR AFFAIRS, Longworth House Building, Washington, D.C.
GENTLEMEN: I wish to express my view as a citizen of California and also as a Director in the field of Camping concerning the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area. I definitely feel that this area should not be developed into a recreation area. At the present time it is open to the public and those who enjoy real outdoor experience do take advantage of the area. By developing a recreational area the wilderness atmosphere will be lost forever and it will become just another resort.
It is my feeling there is sufficient mountain resort areas open now and that which is open could further be developed. But those of real wilderness are slowly vanishing and I object. Sincerely,
DOUGLAS G. MERCHANT, Director.
ASSEMBLY, CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE,
San Bernardino County, November 8, 1965. Hon. WAYNE ASPINALL, Chairman, House Interior and Insular Affairs Committee, Longworth House
Office Building, Washington, D.C. DEAR MR. ASPINALL: I had hoped that the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area con. troversy was settled last year when the House rejected Amendment to the Wilderness Act which would have allowed commercial development.
I hope “San Gorgonio” will be saved from commercial exploitation, as there is little else left of wilderness areas in Southern California. If this last mountain sanctuary is despoiled and exploited, so that a few people can “make a few bucks,” it cannot be replaced.
I respectfully urge your Committee to reject, once and for all, proposals to weaken the Wilderness Act. Very respectfully yours,
STEWART HINCKLEY, State Assemblyman.
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Los ANGELES, CALIF., November 15, 1965. To Whom It May Concern:
I have been skiing in Southern California for 27 years and have seen the sport grow here almost from the beginning. Skiing has become so popular with the youth of Southern California that something should be done to give all those who want to ski the opportunity to do so. This is the American way of doing things, but there is always a small group of people who are opposed to progress.
The young people who are in school or who are working cannot be heard here today, as they are unable to attend; but I have seven grandchildren who want me to represent them. They and all their friends like to ski, but can seldomdo so as the ski areas in Southern California are not adequate.
Why should we not give the youth of Southern California the facilities to participate in outdoor winter sports and so help to eliminate juvenile delinquency.
All the arguments of the opposition do not justify the keeping of the only large and dependable area in Southern California closed and I believe the welfare of our youth is important enough to deserve full consideration, Most sincerely yours,
SAN BERNARDINO JUNIOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE,
San Bernardino, Calif., October 29, 1965. Hon. WAYNE N. ASPINALL, Chairman, Interior and Insular Committee, House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
DEAR SIB: I have enclosed for your information a copy of a resolution adopted by the San Bernardino Junior Chamber of Commerce on September 21, 1965, and pursuant to this resolution, we urge you to support H.R. 6891.
If you have any questions or comments concerning our resolution, please do not hesitate to contact us. Very truly yours,
BRUCE D. VARNER, Secretary.
SAN GORGONIO RESOLUTION
Whereas Southern California is one of the fastest growing regions in this country, with a vast expansion expected in the future; and
Whereas there is a vast number of skiers and would-be skiers in this region; and
Whereas San Gorgonio would provide one of the finest ski areas near to a large population center in the world ; and
Whereas a heavily used ski area at San Gorgonio would be of great economic benefit to the surrounding area ; and
Whereas the diminishing wilderness areas in this country must be protected, and the proposed bill (H.R. 6891) will protect to the fullest extent possible the wilderness advantages of the San Gorgonio area while providing needed family recreational entertainment for many thousands.
Therefore, be it resolved: That we, the San Bernardino Jaycees, in meeting assembled, support to the fullest extent the passage of H.R. 6891, to assist those who are urging its passage, and encourage others to support its passage.
November 28, 1964. CHAIRMAN, PUBLIC LANDS SUBCOMMITTEE, House Interior and Insular Affairs Committee, Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
DEAR SIR: Although I was not able to attend the recent field hearings of your Subcommittee in San Bernardino, I would like to make the accompanying statement, and respectfully request that it be made part of the record of those hearings. Yours truly,
Although an enthusiastic skier myself, making full and frequent use, with my family, of the many skiing facilities available in the Los Angeles-San Bernardino area, I am opposed to H.R. 6891 and the other related bills whose intent is to open the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area for winter recreational use and for development of facilities for that purpose. Much more important than another developed recreation area is for this great population center to have, within easy reach, at least one primitive area, where highways and all they bring with them do not intrude. Having made many summer hiking and winter skiing trips into the Wilderness Area, I am certain that it is fulfilling an important role in providing the citizens of this congested area a place of “recreation” in the most fundamental sense of that term, and that this role will become ever more important as this metropolitan continues to develop. It is precisely the point of the Wilderness Bill to protect our few wild areas against the ever-increasing pressure of population growth, and it would be an unfortunate precedent indeed to have the principles of that Bill undermined by passage of H.R. 6891 or the related bills.
Dr. ANATOL ROSHKO.
Hesperia, Calif., November 15, 1965. Congressman BARING, Public Lands Subcommittee, House Interior and Insular Affairs Committee.
DEAR CONGRESSMAN BARING: Attached is a copy of our editorial expressing our position in support of the proposal under consideration to open a specified section of San Gorgonio Wilderness Area to skiing use.
We wish this letter and attached editorial to be entered as testimony in the hearings.
Valley Report is an 18,000-plus circulation weekly newspaper serving the Greater Victor Valley of San Bernardino County.
The editorial attached is the position of the editorial staff and may be considered to reflect widespread public opinion in Greater Victor Valley. Sincerely yours,
JACK PINARD, General Manager.
To SKI ON SAN G
A proposal to open 3,500 acres of the 35,000 acre San Gorgonio Wilderness Area for winter skiing is drawing heated debate in Victor Valley and throughout Southern California. Center of the controversy is centered on whether Wilderness Areas should be preserved in their natural state or opened for wider use by wider segments of the population.
Hearings will be held in San Bernardino City Hall by the Public Lands Subcommittee of the House Interior and Insular Affairs Committee. Proponents will appear on November 16 and opponents on November 17.
The opening of ten per cent of San Gorgonio for skiing would be a recreation and business boost to San Bernardino County and Victor Valley would share certain benefits. It is a good ski area as proposed and would increase the Southern California ski season.
If strict controls and safeguards are placed on the development as proposed, the Wilderness Area's use by hikers and campers would not be infringed upon to any major degree.
The key point in the fight is preservation of wilderness for use and study by present and future generations. As California's population mushrooms, less undeveloped land remains for those who enjoy nature “in the raw”. What we as individuals and as a nation must decide in this battle and in future battles over wilderness areas—is whether we are willing to sacrifice a few acres of our wilderness to serve the growin need for recreation.
APPLE VALLEY NEWS,
Apple Valley, Calif., November 15, 1965. Hon. WALTER S. BARING, Public Lands Subcommittee, Longworth House Office Bldg., Washington, D.C.
DEAR SIR: I am herewith enclosing a copy of my editorial written for the issue of October 28th, 1965 of my newspaper.
I believe this editorial fully expresses my feelings on the subject of the San Gorgonio development issue and would like to have it submitted in the testimony for the current hearings. Yours very truly,
Eva CONRAD, Editor.
NO VISUAL BEAUTY WITHOUT VISION On November 15, 16 and 17, legislation to open a small portion of the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area for family winter recreational uses will be heard. The proposed legislation includes opening an area now classified as “Wilderness,” where no facilities for winter recreation can be developed.
A bill (H.R. 6891) introduced by Congressman Ken Dyal of San Bernardino County would authorize the use of 10% of the area (3,500 acres) for "family winter recreation” and the "installation of facilities necessary therefor.” Also, the bill provides that 3,500 adjacent acres be added to the wild area so that the total area set aside for wilderness preservation within San Gorgonio would not be reduced.
A determined effort is being made to defeat this legislation, and we cannot help but feel that this is entirely selfish, as comparatively few people can enjoy the beauty of this area as things now stand. Hikers and campers are now enjoying the lower elevations, but in the winter the high and rugged area where skiing and winter sports would be enjoyed by thousands is virtually inaccessible. The greatest good for the greatest number would be served if winter recreation facilities were allowed on San Gorgonio.
Those who back the legislation attempting to open the area certainly have no desire to spoil it, and among their provisions are that any access road shall be east of the South Fork of the Santa Ana River and shall not be visible from nor pass through the areas now principally used for hiking and camping in the South Fork. They stipulate that no public overnight accommodations be permitted and that ski facilities shall not interfere with the watershed.
Because of its altitude and north facing slopes, San Gorgonio is the only place in Southern California with reliable snow for winter recreation. The proposed lift area would be above 9,000 feet. Many Southern California children have never seen snow. Presently thousands of families and many youth organizations visit our mountain areas for snow play and recreation only to be disappointed because of lack of snow. Skiers must drive approximately seven hours in order to find reliable snow. Many families in the lower income groups are denied this healthful recreation because of the expense of week-end trips and because of the long and dangerous drive.
Here is an opportunity to add to Southern California's attractions to give many what is now being enjoyed only by an exceptionally hardy few. What is beauty if there is no one to see it? Lovely things are only worthwhile if they are appreciated. Still, this proposition is being vigorously opposed. You can help by writing to your Congressman, Ken Dyal in San Bernardino and telling him you support H.R. 6891.