Washington DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1967.
Hardcover. Good. 8vo, pp xxvi, 1103. Original green printed boards with black cloth spine. Ex-Library, with related stamps on first few leaves, slight remainder of library pocket on last blank page, but overall clean and attractive. Report on hearings to consider S. 1321, a bill to establish the North Cascades National Park and Ross Lake National Recreation Area, to designate the Pasayten Wilderness and to modify the Glacier Peak Wilderness, in the State of Washington. The Chair of the Subcommittee on Parks and Recreation opened the hearing by noting that the North Cascades "has long been recognized as one of the most scenic regions in the nation," and providing a brief overview of the history of efforts to protect the area, which began with a National Park propsal from the Mazamas in 1906. This is followed by a statement of support from Secretary of the Interior Stuart Udall, and then testimony from a hundreds of interested parties. Conservation organizations and concerned individuals argued that the area needed the additional protections afforded by National Park Status, while many local chambers of commerce, sportsmen's clubs, and individual business owners argued of it remaining a National Forest so it could still be used for broad recreational and economic purposes, including hunting, fishing, and (most significantly) logging. The hearings make interesting reading, as they illuminate the full range of interest groups, concerns, and considerations involved in designating a new National Park.