THE OZARK SOCIETY
July 1, 1971
Governor Dale Bumpers
Little Rock, Arkansas 72200
Dear Governor Bumpers:
I am sure that you have noticed the recent important announcement
by the Corps of Army Engineers that they publicly support the proposed
Department of the Interior plan to create the Buffalo National River
here in Arkansas. This is one of the most important announcements that
has been made in reference to this project since its inception. In some
respects it marks the termination of organized resistance against the
proposed Buffalo National River. This does not mean that some local
opposition does not remain due to persistent misconceptions that have
been so long generated in that area of the state. This sentiment is now
being carried on by certain speculators and developers who would like
to profit from the publicity that has been generated by this campaign.
Your forthright stand in favor of the National Park Proposal on the
occasion of our Spring Meeting at Petit Jean State Park had a tremendous
impact on lessening the opposition and cooling the enthusiasm of the
speculators and would be developers. Some of these people will unquestionably
be present at the hearing before the House Subcommittee on
Interior and Insular Affairs for the Buffalo National River which hearing
will probably be held sometime in September 1971.
If you could be present in person to testify in behalf of this most
important piece of legislation for the State of Arkansas its passage
would be assured without question. We sincerely hope that you might
find it possible to do so.
Again may we thank you for your endorsement of this unique and
exciting proposal for the betterment of our state.
Yours very truly,
Neil Compton. M.D.
President, Ozark Society
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