OFFICE CR 3-4419
RESIDENCE CR 3-4123
POST OFFICE BOX 209
NEIL COMPTON. M.D.
216 N. MAIN
May 31, 1962
Senator William J. Fulbright,
Dear Senator Fulbright:
I wish to take this means to bring to your attention
the formation, in Fayetteville, of The Ozark Society, Inc., and quote here
from the constitution and by-laws, the aims and objectives of this group:
1. It shall be the objective of the Ozark Society to promote the
knowledge and enjoyment of the scenic, scientific, historical,
archaeological, recreational and esthetic qualities of the Ozark-
Ouachita region and to secure the preservation of those qualities
so that they will be saved for present and future generations.
2. The immediate and present objective of the Ozark Society shall
be the preservation of the Buffalo River and adjacent areas in their
3. It shall be the objective of the Ozark Society to encourage and
cooperate with other groups and organizations, both within and outside
the State of Arkansas, which have similar objectives.
After the hearing in Marshall on January 30th
before the Corps of Engineers which was held to determine whether or not the
Buffalo River should be dammed, we recognized the fact that we lacked an
effective organization to counter the Buffalo River Improvement Assn., which
is located in Marshall and which group is a rabid proponent of damming the
river. This latter group managed by manipulating the speakers, to
conduct a filibuster which lasted until after 3:00 P.M., thus leaving little or
no time for rebuttal by those of us who wish to save this stream. Since
then we have given much time and thought to organizing the Ozark Society and
we believe it will continue to function through many years and that other
problems besides that of the Buffalo River need our study and consideration.
If we are successful, we would like to see it do for our area what the
Sierra Club has done for the west.
You have already heard from many of us on a more or
less individual basis and I wish to again express our gratitude in your
having prompted the National Park Service to make their inspection last fall.