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HOUSE INTERIOR AFFAIRS COMMITTEE,
GROSSMONT GARDEN CLUB,
La Mesa, Calif., November 8, 1965.
GENTLEMEN: The Grossmont Garden Club of La Mesa, California composed of 45 very active members assembled in regular monthly meeting today, are greatly concerned about the preservation of the San Gorgonio Wilderness area, in California.
Having just learned of the up-coming Field Hearings on San Gorgonio Bills unanimously and enthusiastically adopted a motion disapproving of H.R. 6891 by Mr. Dyal introduced March 29th, 1965 including five similar or identical bills. We are greatly alarmed also by the manner in which H.R. 6891 et al. completely bypass all the procedures of the Wilderness Act of 1964 setting a very dangerous precedent.
TOM J. CLARK, Conservation Chairman.
IZAAK WALTON LEAGUE OF AMERICA INC.,
PUBLIC LANDS SUBCOMMITTEE.
ANAHEIM CHAPTER, Anaheim, Calif., November 6, 1965.
DEAR SIRS: In reference to hearings of the San Gorgonio wilderness area, we the Anaheim Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America are opposed to any trading or removal of any boundaries of the San Gorgonio Wilderness area. This wilderness area is used by many Youth Groups throughout the year, in addition to many other outdoor enthusiasts.
By taking the heart out of our wilderness area, we feel the entire effect of wilderness would be ruined.
Thank you for your consideration on this matter.
GEORGE R. BRADLEY, Jr., President.
QUEEN ANNE DEMOCRATIC CLUB,
Los Angeles, Calif., November 8, 1965.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
INSULAR AFFAIRS COMMITTEE,
San Bernardino, Calif.
DEAR SIRS: Our Queen Anne Democratic Club wishes to advise you that we urge retaining the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area as was agreed and passed by Congress last year.
MARGARET JENKIN, Corresponding Secretary.
To the Public Lands Subcommittee:
THERMAL, CALIF., November 2, 1965.
The Woman's Club of Indio, California, is on record through the California Federation of Woman's Clubs to support legislation protecting the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area. We protest the opening of any part of the Area for commercial development or any "family recreation" development other than those purposes for which the Wilderness Areas were originally established.
We are opposed to H.R. 6891, as we believe it is nothing more than an effort on the part of commercial interests to breach our Wilderness Areas. These, as we understand it, were set aside to preserve certain small parts of our remaining wilderness in as unspoiled a condition as possible. They comprise less than three percent of our National Forests, as it is.
We are sure there are vast portions of our National Forests which are well suited to the development of ski runs and "family recreation areas," without
infringing upon these valuable remaining fragments of pristine American wilder
Mrs. RICHARD KELLER, Woman's Club of Indio, Conservation Committee.
YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION,
Lancaster, Calif., November 1, 1965. To The Public Lands Subcommittee.
DEAR SIRS : As members of the Antelope Valley Y.M.C.A. Y's Hikers Club, we express our sincere disapproval of the bills to declassify the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area to form a winter recreation site. The San Gorgonio Wilderness Area is one of two excellent back-packing areas that our club is able to use in Southern California. We have taken several trips here in the past and expect to take many more in the future. Back-packing is becoming an increasingly popular family activity in Southern California, especially in the Antelope Valley. We feel that the declassification of this area would be an unnecessary misfortune for the future generations of wilderness enthusiasts. Sincerely,
JANET BELL, Y's Hikers Secretary.
Los MONTADOS DE FONTANA, INC.,
Fontana, Calif., November 3, 1965. PUBLIC LANDS SUBCOMMITTEE, House Office Building, Washington, D.O.
DEAR SIR: The Los Montados de Fontana, a nonprofit riding group, with an active membership of 43," wish to enter our statements for record regarding the Field Hearings on San Gorgonio Bills. Our membership decided upon this action at the last regular meeting.
We, along with many other groups use this wilderness often. Last month our group encountered over a hundred hikers and riders using it also.
It is our feeling that snow can be manufactured. Wilderness can't. The people who seek to preserve San Gorgonio are asking for nothing. The commercial interests who wish to develop the ski lifts are asking to dip their hands in the public till to the tune of 3,500 acres. The areas left to the wilderness would leave nothing but ridges, narrow canyons, and 45% slopes. This wilderness in its present state is used by everyone, all the time. Developed "Snow Play" areas are for skiers only and take away its use from the majority of the people.
We are sending our donation in the hopes that it will be of assistance in fighting this issue. Respectfully,
LOGAN DUPAY, President.
ORANGE COUNTY MEMORIAL GARDEN CENTER,
November 2, 1965. PUBLIC LANDS SUBCOMMITTEE, HOUSE INTERIOR AND INSULAR AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, IN CARE OF DEFENDERS OF SAN GORGONIO WILDERNESS, San Bernardino, Calif.
GENTLEMEN : At a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Orange County Memorial Garden Center in Costa Mesa held November 1, 1965, the enclosed resolution was adopted by unanimous vote.
1 Membership list placed in committee files.
As secretary, I was instructed to send this copy to you for your use at the hearing. Thank you for this opportunity to express our concern. Yours very truly,
Executive Secretary. Whereas the intent of the Wilderness Act of 1964 was the preservation of natural areas for all the people of the United States and for scientific studies as well as to protect the flora and fauna in the various areas: Therefore be it
Resolved, That the Orange County Memorial Garden Center, Inc., at a regular meeting of the board of directors in Costa Mesa, California on November 1, 1965 opposes H.R. 6891 (Dyal), H.R. 7490 (Corman), H.R. 7654 (Leggett), H.R. 8033 (Hawkins), 8176 (H. T. Johnson) and H.R. 9959 (Roosevelt) that would delete 3500 acres from the heart of the San Gorgonio Wilderness for the benefit of certain commercial firms to build entertainment facilities.
Mrs. WESTON WALKER,
UNITARIAN-UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF SAN BERNARDINO,
San Bernardino, Calif. Whereas the San Gorgonio Mountain Region, located in the San Bernardino National Forest, is classified as a “Wilderness Area" under the 1964 Wilderness Act and
Whereas such Wilderness constitutes a valuable resource of natural phenomenon for all people to enjoy and
Whereas the San Gorgonio Region specifically contains an unusually rich variety of natural beauty unduplicated anywhere else in the Los Angeles cultural region and
Whereas six bills have been introduced to Congress proposing to amend the 1964 Wilderness Act to exclude the Heart of the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area thereby permitting commercial development of said area and
Whereas once this area is developed commercially, its value as an area of natural wilderness is permanently lost, this fact would tend to further en. courage the development of neighboring wilderness area and
Whereas there are existing commercial facilities sufficient for the foreseeable demands of urban vacationers : Be it therefore
Resolved, That we the members of the San Bernardino Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship support the continuance of the San Gorgonio Mountain Region as a Wilderness Area, and urge the defeat of the proposed amendments that would permit commercial development. Duly passed the 19th of September 1965.
WILLIAM H. GUTGESELL, President.
ALLAN HANCOCK COLLEGE,
November 2, 1965.
The Wilderness Act will save some of the natural beauty of our country for the enjoyment of future generations. The San Gorgonio area was included in this excellent act. We feel that the removal of the center portion of the beautiful area for development is a violation of the basic concept of wilderness preservation. Man's greatness can be measured in what he can afford to leave alone. Sincerely yours,
(And 10 others).
WHITTIER AUDUBON SOCIETY,
Whittier, Calif., November 5, 1965. PUBLIC LANDS SUBCOMMITTEE.
GENTLEMEN : The Whittier Audubon Society hereby wishes to register protest to Bill H.R. 6891 introduced by Mr. Dyal and to the other Bills with similar intent.
San Gorgonio is the only area in Southern California where Alpine flora may be found. This is important for study.
It is the only area of true wilderness scope where youth groups may learn first hand the importance of nature in a more or less undefiled condition.
We have only to look at the San Jacinto Tramway and the deviation from the avowed original purpose to know that the wilderness concept will also be destroyed in San Gorgonio if intrusion such as this is permitted.
Once changed, the real wilderness character can never be recaptured. People need San Gorgonio as it is, if Southern California is to retain any of its high mountain value.
Hearings held before the Wilderness Bill was passed thoroughly demonstrated the importance of the area in Wilderness, and we recommend that it be kept as it is with the limited use now made of it. Sincerely yours,
MRS. J. H. COMBY, Conservation Chairman.
SAN CLEMENTE GARDEN CLUB,
San Clemente, Calif.
RESOLUTION FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE SAN GORGONIO WILDERNESS AREA
Whereas the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area has for many years been used by youth groups for camping, hiking and riding, thereby giving urban children the educational advantages of learning about nature first hand, and
Whereas many people need the refreshment of a few hours or days in the quiet atmosphere of the wilderness to relieve the tensions of every day living, and
Whereas the wilderness should be kept for the people and not given to commercial interests whose main objective is to use the people's land for financial gain, and
Whereas the necessary cuitting of trees to build roads, parking lots and skilifts is a threat to the watershed: Therefore, be it resolved.
That the San Clemente Garden Club at a regular meeting on November 3, 1965 at San Clemente, California strongly recommends the preservation of the integrity of the San Gorgonio Wilderness Areas and opposes H.R. 6891 (Dyal) and its companion bills that would open part of the area to various commercial developments.
Mrs. FRED J. CARTER, President.
WASATCH MOUNTAIN CLUB,
Salt Lake City, Utah, November 5, 1965. HOUSE INTERIOR AND INSULAR AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.O.
SIRS: The Wasatch Mountain Club of Salt Lake City, Utah opposes the six bills H.R. 6891, H.R. 7490, H.R. 7654, H.R. 8033, H.R. 8176, and H.R. 8859. Having worked for the passage of the Wilderness Act and having opposed ski development in the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area in the past we are deeply concerned with this almost instantaneous flaunting of the provisions of that Act. Is the avowed congressional responsibility to preserve designated wilderness areas to be abdicated in the face of the first challenge from commercial pressures? If the Wilderness Act is to be meaningful it must be administered so as to protect wilderness over and over again against repeated and even stronger pressures of this sort. Sincerely yours,
B. GALE DICK, Conservation Director.
CALIFORNIA AUDUBON SOCIETY,
Woodland Hills, Calif., November 6, 1965. HOUSE INTERIOR AND INSULAR AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
GENTLEMEN : As President of the California Audubon Society, I am writing in behalf of the Board of Directors and general membership of the Society, concerning H.R. 6891 and related bills.
The passage of H.R. 6891 would destroy forever the heart of this magnificent San Gorgonio Wilderness area which is at present being used by thousands of students and adults as a retreat from the pressures of metropolitan living. We know that if H.R. 6891 and related bills are passed the area concerned and all adjacent areas will be ruined for those seeking true nature at its best.
Experienced skiers use the area as it is and find it excellent for their purposes. The passage of H.R. 6891 would spoil the area for these hardy individuals as well as Conservationists, and nature seekers. I would urge your committee to kill this bill at the earliest opportunity. Very sincerely,
BARBARA K. HOPPER, President.
VISTA GARDEN CLUB,
Vista, Calif., November 6, 1965. HOUSE INTERIOR AND INSULAR AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
DEAR SIRS : This is to say that the Vista Garden Club of Vista, California, is very much opposed to Representative Dyal's Bill (H.R. 6981) and would like to go on record as opposed to any changes in the present use of the San Gorgonio wilderness area. Respectfully,
Mrs. RUTH HENRY,
MEMORIAL CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY,
November 5, 1965. HOUSE INTERIOR AND INSULAR AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
GENTLEMEN: The Howard E. Gates Cactus and Succulent Society wishes to testify in connection with the hearing scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 16, 1965, at City Hall, 426 W. 3rd Street in San Bernardino.
The Society with a membership of approximately 150, wishes to go on record as opposing any changes of the present wilderness area of the San Gorgonio wilderness area.
Col. J. W. Dennison, president of the Howard E. Gates Cactus and Succulent Society, will represent the society and will be present at the hearing on the above date.
ABTHUR H. MONTAGUE.
DESERT HOT SPRINGS IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION, INC.,
Desert Hot Springs, Calif., November 3, 1965. PUBLIC LANDS SUBCOMMITTEE, San Bernardino, Calif.
GENTLEMEN: I am amazed that new bills are pending when we thought the matter of holding San Gorgonio wilderness for the people and for wild life of which there are too few in this great land of ours where rapidly vested interests are taking over and destroying our great heritage. I have digressed but what I am trying to put over is the fact we oppose the land contemplated for use for "snow fun” which definitely means commercial ski lodges and destruction of wilderness on these resort areas of wilderness for a down-hill ski resort, used by commercial interests for profit. There can be no other interpretation for this insistence on certain groups to secure the release of a part of the San Gorgonio Wilderness. I oppose it strongly and represent several groups on the desert all opposed to Mr. Dyal's Bill and others similar to it.