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I am president of the Desert Hot Springs Improvement Association for the third year and speak for many of them, all county tax payers and voters. I have served twice on our local Chamber of Commerce. I am a member of The Wilderness Society, The Defenders of Wild-life, the Palm Springs Humane Society etc. I organized the local woman's club, and am now in the process of organizing an Art Association for which the Improvement Association is contributing $10,000.00 toward the first building. On our second meeting of November 7th we already have over 60 members, many from Palm Springs and other desert communities. I speak for many of them who are all conservationists at heart and are tax payers and voters. I don't see why our politicians are so stupid in listening to the demands of the Los Angeles ski corporation and San Gorgonio Ski Lifts, Inc., when the majority of the people are opposed to a ski resort in one of our only remaining wilderness areas in this vicinity unless commercial enterprises take the precedence over that of the citizens and residents of this great state and other states in our great land. When all of our heritage is gone, just as so much of our wild life has reached extinction to the regret of the people and powers to be, then it will be too late to bewail the loss of our wilderness to vested interests, and the congressman who championed them, for they will all be 6 feet under and only our disinherited youth will be wondering why we were so stupid and shortsighted. Very truly yours,
EVELYN C. KNUDSEN, Realtor.
CALIFORNIA GARDEN CLUBS, INC.,
San Bernardino, Calif., November 10, 1965.
GENTLEMEN: The San Bernardino Valley District of the California Garden Clubs, Inc. a group of over five hundred me rs wis to express our opposition to the opening of the San Gorgonio Wilderness for Commercial Ski Lifts.
As a group we are dedicated to Conservation, City Beautification, Roadside Beautification and Litterbug Control. We have, and have had for years, a program of Tree Planting, called "Pennies for Pines". Our own District has many such Plantations, some of which have died in the past because of lack of water. Nearly every Club in the state contributes to this project each meeting.
We realize that the San Gorgonio Wilderness is the last ecologically beautiful area in Southern California. The west and south slopes of the mountain have already been damaged. The east slope is too steep to be exploited, and now thoughtless or selfish people would like to destroy the north side. Just drive across the United States and see the work of the bulldozer on the slopes of the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains. Why spend millions of tax dollars to go to the moon, when the children of the future will not even have a mountain top without smog and buildings, where they may see the moon and the stars above. Very truly yours,
MRS. W. E. MOCOMBE,
LIFE TIME FENCE Co., Inc.,
Escondido, Calif., November 5, 1965. PUBLIC LANDS SUBCOMMITTEE, San Bernardino, Calif.
GENTLEMEN : The writer is a long time resident of San Bernardino, having spent many vacations in the Barton Flats camp grounds; a past district com. missioner of the Boy Scouts of San Bernardino. I have made several hikes to the summit of Mt. San Gorgonio some with the scouts.
At present we own a cabin at 207 Forest Home Blvd. in Fallsvale.
With most of the Angeles National Forest, Lake Arrowhead and the Big Bear areas commercialized and with the recent tram installed at Mt. San Jacinto we have been left only the San Gorgonio wilderness for the hikers and nature lovers.
Years of prior rights should be recognized. There are many camps of scouts, religious groups and citizens of many localities. Hikers and visitors of some 50,000 yearly with half going into the wild area to enjoy nature and wildness all of whom should be considered before the commercial interest (where the money come from) and the desire of the minority (skiers) in your decision on your consideration the bill before you.
It is obviously a grab when efforts are being made to cover up the removal of 3500 acres from the desert to replace good mountain land.
I do not think that there is any objection to skiing in this area and the effort to hike in to ski would keep the area a wilderness longer but in time as more visitors come in the value will be reduced.
To commercialize, the full intention of the bill, would speed up the destruction of the entire area and deprive the existing camps of their prior interest and reasons for their existence.
Please leave the San Gorgonio Wilderness as is by keeping out all motorized and commercial equipment. Yours truly,
RALPH E. BLAKE. The following citizens of Escondido, Calif., do hereby add their appeal to this request: Philip M. Hoadley, James E. Benton, Avis R Johnston, Charles H. Mueller.
LOMA LINDA, CALIF. PUBLIC LANDS SUBCOMMITTEE, Washington, D.C.
DEAR SIR: I am commander of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Mounted Posse and I would like to register a protest in behalf of the posse against the proposed attempt to establish commercial skiing interests in the San Gorgonio Wildlife Area.
I am also vice-president of the San Bernardino Horsemen's Association and both organizations are against this bill, which in my opinion, is an out and out attempt to prostitute this area for one reason and that is for money.
It would be a crime against our young people and other nature lovers who use these hiking and riding trails to open this area up to promoters who interested in only making a profit from public lands.
I have used and still use these trails and I implore you to prevent the opening of this area to commercial skiing interests if it is in your power to do so. Sincerely yours,
RUSSELL T. KAUFMAN.
LOS ANGELES, CALIF., November 5, 1965. HOUSE INTERIOR AND INSULAR AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
DEAR SIRS : Please save the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area. For backpacking, it's the best (and only) place to go. We don't plan to drive any further to have fun backpacking for a weekend. Skiers have plenty of places to go, many of them probably in a better location than Gorgonio. To us, it's very important that there is some place in Southern California to backpack. Gorgonio is the only place that fills the bill. Yours truly,
JEFF LIND (And 19 others).
NORTHLAND SKI MANFACTURING Co.,
Laconia, N.H., December 23, 1965. Hon WALTER S. BARING, Chairman, Subcommittee, House Interior and Insular Affairs, House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
DEAR MR. BARING : As you know, there is a debate going on in regard to opening the San Gorgonio Mountains to skiers.
We can appreciate the desire to maintain it as a wilderness area, however, considering the increasing number of people participating in winter sports, I do feel that nothing but good can come from opening part of San Gorgonio to skiers.
I remember several years ago, riding up the chair lift at Squaw Valley with a lady who was in her sixties and her comment on the vista that can be seen from Squaw Peak was that she probably never would have been able to enjoy the view except for the chair lift that was put in. She was highly appreciative of the fact that more people, particularly skiers, could get to the top of a mountain and although they were there primarily to ski, they couldn't help but enjoy the view.
Skiing in the last ten years has encouraged many city people as well as the rural folks to get out and enjoy the cold winters. It is a great recreational sport and ties in very nicely with the President's physical fitness program.
San Gorgonio Mountain is particularly important to Southern California because they have so few mountains that have snow in adequate quantities and in long enough periods. Yet, we have a great concentration of people and skiers in this area.
We support opening San Gorgonio Mountain to skiing and hope that your committee will pass in favor of this. Very truly yours,
M. W. MORANCY.
COLORADO OPEN SPACE COORDINATING COUNCIL,
Denver, Colo., November 11, 1965. CHAIRMAN, PUBLIC LANDS SUBCOMMITTEE, National Orange Show Building, San Bernardino, Calif.
DEAR SIR: We request that the enclosed statement be made a part of the official record of the San Gorgonio Wilderness Field Hearings, November 16–17, 1965. Yours very truly,
WILLIAM BIRD MOUNSEY, Chairman, Wilderness Workshop.
STATEMENT ON THE SAN GORGONIO WILDERNESS
The Wilderness Workshop of the Colorado Open Space Coordinating Council, Inc. opposes the proposals which would in effect cut the heart out of the San Gorgonio Wilderness. This most heavily used unit of the National Wilderness Preservation System is of prime importance to the nation as a wilderness, and usage indicates that the present area should be increased if suitable wildernesstype lands exist adjacent to it.
There is growing interest and activity among skiers in touring through wilderness-type areas away from the highly developed ski slopes. This type of family winter recreational activity requires no development and is entirely compatible with wilderness. The present San Gorgonio Wilderness constitutes the only area where this type of activity can be extensively enjoyed in Southern California.
ALTADENA, CALIF., November 15, 1965. COMMITTEE STUDYING SAN GORGONIO WILDERNESS AREA, City Hall, San Bernardino, Calif.:
We, the following, wish to express our support of the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area and its maintenance as such.
We ask this as individual citizens in the interests of conservation, to preserve a small portion of the fast decreasing primitive land in the midst of a mushrooming population area for our children and their children. This area was originally so designated and this trust should not be broken.
WARREN K. KELLOGG
(And 16 others).
YUCAIPA, CALIF. We, the undersigned members and friends of Yucaipa Valley Garden Club as citizens are opposed to H.R. 6891, the Dyal bill as we desire to keep the wilderness area of San Gorgonio to remain in its natural state. We feel that the term "family winter recreation is deceptive” and we do not wish this vital watershed of this entire area devastated by commercial interests. We believe that the replacement of lands withdrawn is not possible. And, that the heartland of the San Gorgonio Wild Area is unique and should be kept intact for posterity.
MILDRED M. AIKENS
(And 67 others).
INGLEWOOD, CALIF. To Defenders of San Gorgonio:
As members of Camera Chromers, and as associates of The Southern California Council of Camera Clubs, who urge that we help ‘Keep America Picture Pretty, we are anxious that wilderness areas be preserved for all. Let us not allow commercial and private interests to encroach on these areas, but let us keep them as they are for the enjoyment of all. Let's keep the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area just that, a wilderness area.
Mrs. GENEVIEVE T. SELLERS
(And 24 others).
VICTORVILLE, CALIF. The undersigned pledge their support for legislation to open 10% of the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area for family winter recreation.
(And 59 others).
We, the students of Loma Linda Union Academy, do hereby protest, by the affixture of our names to this petition, the installation of a ski lift, or tram way in the vicinity of the San Gorgonio wilderness area.
We firmly believe that the preservation of our wilderness areas is needed so that those persons, both adult and youth, who wish to enjoy their beauty would, by physical effort enjoy them more and be thereby more inclined to preserve their beauty by not littering the countryside. This implies that only those who sincerely wish to enjoy the beauties of these areas would endeavor to put forth the effort required to see them and would consequently leave them in a clean and unlittered state for their successors to enjoy.
CURT ROGERS (And 201 others).
VAN NUYS, CALIF.
PUBLIC LANDS SUBCOMMITTEE, HOUSE INTERIOR AND INSULAR AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
We the undersigned do hereby state our opposition to the following bills: HR6891, HR7490, HR7654, HR8033, HR8176, HR8859.
It is our desire that the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area shall remain in its primitive state. The area that these bills designate for development represents the very heart of this Wild Area. Since this is the only primitive area set aside in Southern California it is our belief that to destroy it would be a tragedy especially for the tens of thousands of young people who backpack into the region each year.
(And 90 others).
LOS ANGELES, November 15, 1965.
Representative CRAIG HOSMER,
DEAR SIR: We support the H.R. 6891.
J. L. ANTHONY
(And 22 others).
NOVEMBER 10, 1965. PUBLIC LANDS SUBCOMMITTEE, HOUSE INTERIOR AND INSULAR AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
DEAR SIRS : We, Sylva C. Millar and Wendel K. Millar, authorize Jeanne Moore Goodman to represent us at the hearings, in San Bernardino, on November 16 and 17. As a former neighbor, she is qualified to testify in behalf of those of us who live on the edge of a beautiful wilderness set aside for posterity-and who resent attempts to capitalize on it commercially.
We, the undersigned, of Fallsvale, Calif., go on record in favor of leaving San Gorgonio part of the National Wilderness System. (
(Signed by 28 residents whose names will be found in the committee file.)
STATEMENT OF BUENA VISTA AUDUBON SOCIETY, CARLSBAD, CALIF. Please make this statement a part of the record of the San Gorgonio field hearings:
We are bitterly opposed to the commercial ski run that would destroy the heart of the San Gorgonio Wilderness. It would be a crime to emasculate this area.
C. M. CALDWELL CO. PETROLEUM PRODUCTS,
Culver City, Calif., November 12, 1965. PUBLIC LANDS SUBCOMMITTEE, Washington, D.C.
GENTLEMEN: Again the controversial issue of changing the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area into an area that would permit intrusion by commercial interests has come up. It seems that every year it comes up and we must beat it down.
As chairman of the camping committee, Boy Scouts of America, Crescent Bay Council, which encompasses a large part of western Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Culver City and Santa Monica, I implore you not to allow this to take place. This is my personal attitude and also reflects the attitude of our Board of Directors which acted upon this last year.
Our scouts use this area many times during the year and precious little room is left in Southern California for enjoyment of true wilderness. All pressure to change this area by the commercial interests must be resisted in order to fulfill our obligations to future generations. Very truly yours,
C. M. CALDWELL, Jr. A large number of letters, telegrams, and postcards, both pro and con, were received from individuals. Because of the cost involved, these documents were not printed but were placed in the committee files.