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of the future good welfare of our country, for the economy and the individual, this bill must receive the approval of this committee.

One of New Mexico's most respected men, and surely one most learned in the importance of the wilderness, Mr. Elliott S. Barker, is to testify before the committee in favor of wilderness preservation, and our club recognizes and proudly supports him in his struggle for retaining our wildernesses. We also endorse any statements made by the New Mexico Wildlife & Conservation Association. Sincerely,

LOIS FRIEL, Secretary.

SOCORRO COUNTY WILDLIFE CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION,

Socorro, N. Mex., February 22, 1961. Hon. CLINTON P. ANDERSON, Chairman, Senate Interior and Insular Affairs Committee, Washington, D.O.

DEAR SENATOR ANDERSON : It is our understanding that February 27 and 28 is set for a public hearing before the Senate Interior and Insular Affairs Committee on the wilderness preservation bill.

We wish to again say, that our association fully supports the preservation of wilderness and the wilderness preservation bill, S. 174.

Mr. Elliott Barker, executive secretary of the New Mexico Wildlife Conservation Association, will represent our State organization at the bearings. Our local chapter fully endorses the statements that will be submitted by Mr. Barker. Yours very truly,

ALFRED A. COULLOUDON, Secretary.

MELROSE SPORTSMEN'S CLUB,

Melrose, N. Mex., February 22, 1961. Hon. CLINTON P. ANDERSON, Chairman, Senate Interior and Insular Affairs Committee, Washington, D.C.

DEAR SIR: Our group would like you to know that we fully endorse the preservation of wilderness and the wilderness preservation bill, S. 174. Also, we endorse the statements being submitted by the New Mexico Wildlife & Conservation Association and Mr. Elliott S. Barker at the hearing. Sincerely yours,

MACK HENDERSHOT, President.
ROGER B. PARKS, Secretary.

SANTA FE WILDLIFE & CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION,

Santa Fe, N. Mex., February 22, 1961. Subject: S. 174. Hon. CLINTON P. ANDERSON, Chairman, Senate Interior and Insular Affairs Committee, Washington, D.C.

Mr. CHAIRMAN: This masterpiece is so simply and precisely worded, it is our thinking that it cannot be misquoted or misinterpreted by anyone competent to read or comprehend the high purpose and objective of this bill. Therefore, a long and wordy analysis of the benefits, or attempt to forecast and answer potential opposition to this bill would be superfluous.

Your wise provision for protection of and “subject to existing private rights" is most commendable; also your provision for periodic review and redetermination of values as a wilderness area in the light of changing times and conditions is very well covered. Multiple use and administration of wilderness areas for the benefit of adjacent areas is necessary and well defined.

Last, but by no means least, is your statement accompanying S. 174; we think it is eloquent and expressive, but we particularly refer to the paragraph titled “For the Whole People."

For this fine work, we thank you, sir, and our thanks to your colleagues who signed this bill.

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We heartily endorse S. 174, and request a timely do pass recommendation, from the eminent Senate Interior and Insular Affairs Committee. Sincerely,

CLARENCE W. VIA, President.

ROSWELL WILDLIFE & CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION,

Roswell, N. Mex., February 20, 1961. Hon. CLINTON P. ANDERSON, Chairman, Senate Interior and Insular Affairs Committee, Washington, D.C.

DEAR MR. ANDERSON : As president and spokesman for the Roswell Wildlife & Conservation Association, I would like to convey our official stand concerning the pending wilderness preservation bill, Senate bill 174. Our organization endorses the bill wholeheartedly. If our wilderness areas are to still be in existence for the enjoyment and recreational use of our children and grandchildren, such legislation must be passed, and the sooner the better.

I would also like to say that any statements made by the New Mexico Wildlife & Conservation Association and Mr. Elliott S. Barker, at the public hearing on Senate bill 174, also have the full endorsement of the Roswell Wildlife & Conservation Association. Thank you. Very sincerely yours,

K. G. LITTRELL, President.

SOUTH EDDY COUNTY GAME PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION,

Carlsbad, N. Mex., February 21, 1961. Hon. CLINTON P. ANDERSON, Chairman Senate Interior and Insular Affairs Commission, Washington, D.C.

DEAR MR. ANDERSON : I am writing this letter to you in behalf of the Carlsbad Wildlife Conservation Association. We, as an organization, fully and whole heartedly endorse the preservation of wilderness, and the wilderness preservation bill S. 174, which I understand will go before the Senate Interior and Insular Affairs Committee on February 27 and 28 in Washington, D.C.

Also our organization wishes to endorse the statements that will be submitted by the New Mexico Wildlife and Conservation Association and Mr. Elliott Barker of Santa Fe, N. Mex.

We will appreciate your help and support of the bill, and also the help on State WCA proposals. Sincerely yours,

C. B. DAVIS, Secretary and Treasurer.

NEW MEXICO WILDLIFE AND CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION,

Roswell, N. Mex., February 21, 1961. Hon. CLINTON P. ANDERSON, Chairman, Senate Interior and Insular Affairs Committee, Washington, D.C.

DEAR SIR: The Roswell Chapter of the New Mexico Wildlife and Conservation Association enthusiastically endorses the wilderness bill S. 174.

The Roswell chapter also endorses any statement submitted by Elliott S.. Barker, executive secretary from Santa Fe, N. Mex. Very truly yours,

E. H. BANTA, Director, Area No. 7.

ALAMOGORDO, N. Mex., February 22, 1961. ELLIOTT S. BARKER, New Mexico Wildlife and Conservation Association, Santa Fe, N. Mex.:

The board of directors of the Otero County Wildlife Association are definitely in favor of the Wilderness Act s. 174. A telegram to this effect has been sent to Senator Anderson.

JAMES W. AUBREY, Secretary-Treasurer OCWA.

ALBUQUERQUE WILDLIFE & CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION,

Albuquerque, N. Mex., February 21, 1961. Hon. CLINTON P. ANDERSON, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.

SIR: The Albuquerque Wildlife and Conservation Association wishes to inform you of its wholehearted support of Senate bill 174 which you introduced on January 5, 1961. Our organization feels that a national wilderness preservation system such as submitted by you is a necessity for the people of the United States.

Since we will not be able to attend the first hearing of your committee on this bill, Mr. Elliott S. Barker, executive secretary of the New Mexico Wildlife and Conservation Association, will represent our organization as well as all other similar organizations in the State of New Mexico.

The Albuquerque Wildlife and Conservation Association endorses all of the statements which will be submitted by the State organization. Sincerely yours,

CHARLES L. HINES, President.

MCKINLEY COUNTY WILDLIFE WCA,

Gallup, N. Mex., February 20, 1961. Hon. CLINTON P. ANDERSON, Chairman, Senate Interior & Insular Affairs, Washington, D.C.

DEAR SIR: The McKinley County Wildlife Conservation Association fully endorses the preservation of wilderness and the wilderness preservation bill, S. 174. This bill has long been needed. We endorse the statements being submitted by the New Mexico Wildlife Conservation Association and Elliott S. Barker, our New Mexico WCA executive secretary. Sincerely,

PETE B. CRESTO, President.

CHAMA, N. Mex., February 21, 1961. Hon. CLINTON P. ANDERSON, Chairman, Senate Interior and Insular Affairs Committee, Washington, D.C.

DEAR SIR: The Chama Chapter of Wildlife and Conservation Association fully endorses the preservation of wilderness and the wilderness preservation bill, S. 174.

We also will endorse the statements being submitted by the New Mexico Wildlife and Conservation Association and Elliott S. Barker. Sincerely,

R. E. LEWIS, President.

BELEN, N. Mex., February 21, 1961. Hon. CLINTON P. ANDERSON, Chairman, Senate Interior and Insular Affairs Committee, Washington, D.C.

DEAR SENATOR ANDERSON: We of the Belen Game Protective Association do hereby endorse the preservation of wilderness and the wilderness preservation bill, S. 174. We also endorse the statements being submitted by the New Mexico Wildlife and Conservation Association and Elliott S. Barker.

Your consideration of the Belen Game Protective Association will be appreci. ated. Very truly yours,

HENRY C. KAMM, President, Belen Protective Game Association.

LAS VEGAS, N. Mex., February 20, 1961. Hon. CLINTON P. ANDERSON, Chairman, Senate Interior and Insular Affairs Committee, Washington, D.C.

DEAR SENATOR ANDERSON : Regarding wilderness preservation bill No. 174 (Senate) the San Miguel County Game Protective Association has instructed me as secretary to advise you of our 100 percent support in favor of the wilderness preservation bill. None of us being well versed in statutory language, have analyzed the bill completely. That detail is left to your good judgment and that of your colleagues. We do, however, heartily approve of the sense of the bill as gleaned from the record of your debate in the Senate of Friday, January 6, 1961. As sportsmen and as individual citizens we cherish the natural resource which permits us to get away from daily cares and routine into the wilderness areas.

Our discussion of this matter brought out to some extent the position of those who are not in favor of such a system. We are quite willing to grant that easy access to the natural wildernesses is desired for those who do not wish to face the rigors of hiking or horsebacking into such areas. It was felt, however, that those in that category are presently able to enjoy scenic areas by means of automobiles and that additional inroads into wilderness areas would serve no real need. We also felt that exploitation of the timber resources would serve only the economic status of one generation and that we feel is being a little shortsighted.

As indicated above please be advised that our organization of some 60 members is fully in favor of passage of Senate bill No. 174. Yours very truly,

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY GAME PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION,
R. C. MOORE, Secretary.

RATON, N. MEX., February 18, 1961. Hon. CLINTON P. ANDERSON, Chairman, Senate Interior and Insular Affairs Committee, Washington, D.C.

DEAR SENATOR ANDERSON: This is to reaffirm my personal stand and the Colfax County Game Protective Association's stand endorsing Senate bill 174 which you introduced. As stated in my previous letter to you, we feel it is fair to all concerned and there is a dire need for its passage to insure wilderness areas for future generations to enjoy.

This association strongly endorses the statements being submitted by the New Mexico Wildlife and Conservation Association and Elliott S. Barker at the hearing starting February 27. Respectfully,

COLFAX COUNTY GAME PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION, By DR. JOHN A. LANGSTON, President.

CENTRAL, N. Mex., February 24, 1961. Hon. CLINTON P. ANDERSON, Chairman, Senate Interior and Insular Affairs Committee, Washington, D.C.

DEAR SIR: I would like to take this opportunity to express my approval of the wilderness preservation bill, S. 174. After studying Senate bill 174, I see no reason why this bill should not be passed at this session of the Congress.

I have resided for many years close to the Gila Wilderness and have enjoyed visiting it on many occasions. Therefore, a bill giving it permanent status should mean a lot to our area as well as any other areas where wildernesses are located or may be established.

I would like to endorse the statements being submitted at this hearing by the New Mexico Wildlife and Conservation Association and by Mr. Elliott S. Barker.

As a sportsman and rancher, I urge you to use your influence toward the passage of Senate bill 174. Sincerely yours,

FLOYD TODD.

ALBUQUERQUE, N. MEX., February 23, 1961. MR. ELLIOTT S. BARKER, Santa Fe, N. Mex.

DEAR MR. BARKER: My thoughts and hopes are indeed with you on your coming trip to Washington to speak for many of us in behalf of the wilderness bill. Since our first meeting at the Albuquerque hearings in 1958, I have come to feel that you, as much as anyone in New Mexico, represent the philosophy of wise use of our resources in the present with a feeling of sensitivity and obligation to the future.

I am very sorry that I cannot be with you, but I feel confident that you will speak most eloquently for all of us who would like to see as much as possible of our beloved land preserved in its natural state for our children to enjoy and study, and we hope, to pass on to their children. How fortunate are we in the West to possess the remnants of wilderness America. Living almost within sight of the Pecos area is a source of continual inspiration to me and a constant reminder of our obligation to preserve not only our heritage of political freedoms and individual liberties, but also some examples of the physical environment and primitive beauty in which our forefathers brought these concepts into full fruition. Respectfully yours,

BERT W. LINDSAY.

NEW MEXICO PACKING CO., INC.,

Carlsbad, N. Mex., February 24, 1961. Hon. CLINTON P. ANDERSON, Chairman, Senate Interior and Insular Affairs Committee, Washington, D.C.

DEAR SIR: This is to state that the Carlsbad chapter of the New Mexico Wildlife and Conservation Association definitely agrees with the State organization and fully endorses the wilderness preservation bill, S. 174.

I would also like to add that I, personally, endorse the statements being submitted by the New Mexico Wildlife and Conservation Association, and Elliott S. Barker.

Your work, influence, and support in the preservation of wilderness will, I am sure, be greatly appreciated by all sportsmen. Sincerely,

R. N. BRADLEY.

ALBUQUERQUE, N. MEX., February 23, 1961. Hon. CLINTON P. ANDERSON, Chairman, Senate Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, Washington, D.C.

DEAR SENATOR ANDERSON: This letter is being written in support of Senate bill 174 to establish a national wilderness preservation system. Previous hearings on similar bills have establish the need for establishing the preservation of wilderness areas. These hearings have also brought out the conflicts inýolved. Your bill S. 174 appears to have met all of the major valid objections, and also fulfills the objectives that are sought. It should be enacted into law. Sincerely yours,

OLARENCE L. FORSLING.

SANTA FE, N. Mex., February 23, 1961. Senator CLINTON P. ANDERSON, Washington, D.O.

DEAR SENATOR ANDERSON : We fully support Mr. Elliott Barker in his efforts to obtain passage of Senate bill 174, pertaining to the country's wilderness areas. We would like you to give your support to this legislation.

The trips we have made into the Pecos Wilderness Area in the company of Mr. Barker and others have been some of the highlights in our lives. We earnestly hope that these areas can be maintained in their present status for our descendants and future generations. We feel that the passage of Senate

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