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reational, wilderness, and other noncommercial purposes. At the same time, we take the position that each and every allocation of public land to such specialized single-purpose use be made only after thorough study and justification; that any allocation of public lands transferred from multiple to restricted use be made only after a complete inventory of all the resources of the area involved—which sets forth their essential uses; that these uses be cataloged in accordance with the present and potential needs; and further, we oppose vigorously all indiscriminate, unselective, and excessive allocations beyond the demonstrated, justified needs for the purposes indicated. Moreover, we strongly urge adequate provision for access road, fire protection, watershed protection, and water production on all lands retired from multiple to restricted use.

We shall appreciate the consideration of these views by the committee.

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Albuquerque, N. Mex., February 24, 1961. Hon. Senator CLINTON P. ANDERSON, Chairman, Senate Interior and Insular Affairs Committee, New Senate Office Building, Washington, D.O.:

In regard to Wilderness Act S. 174, introduced by yourself, I wish to submit the following statement to be included in the record of testimony:

In the present age of nuclear power and space exploration we should digress and consider also what we can do to sustain the natural resources which we inherited from our predecessors. These heritages cannot be replaced once debased and abused by the inadequate protection the laws provide at the present time.

I am sure with the legislative action which S. 174 provides we will be able to keep safe the vast areas which nature provided.

We the members of the Sandia Mountain Chapter, Izaak Walton League of America, Inc., do fully endorse S. 174 as a worthwhile and outstanding piece of legislation.

We will do all in our power to maintain and enrich the areas so declared in our vast southwest territory. Sincerely yours,

MATHIAS J. MADLENER, JR., President, Sandia Mountain Chapter.


Albuquerque, N. Mex., March 6, 1961. Senator CLINTON P. ANDERSON, Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.

DEAR SENATOR ANDERSON: The Bernalillo County Machinists Non-Partisan Political League has gone on record as supporting the wilderness bill recently introduced by the junior Senator from New Mexico.

My statement of November 14, 1958, in Albuquerque, which appears on pages 962 and 963 of the hearings before the Interior and Insular Affairs Committee of the U.S. Senate is still appropriate. Respectfully,

JAMES J. WEBER, Chairman,

Bernalillo County MNPL. O

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