During his time in office, he became best known for his support of legislation that would preserve scenic natural areas of the country. In his home state, he opposed the Kinzua Dam, which was proposed as a means of flood control on the Allegheny River. Saylor claimed that the dam would not have a significant impact upon flood protection in the area and that it would destroy one of the last unspoiled stretches of the river. Also, it would lead to the appropriation of Seneca Nation lands, which would violate a treaty made between them and the United States in 1794. Kinzua Dam was ultimately built, but Saylor continued his preservation efforts and eventually became more successful.
One of his main efforts in this field was his Scenic Rivers Bill. This bill proposed the protection of several rivers that were designated as "scenic" and made allowances for other rivers to be given this same protection. After several modifications, the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was finally passed in 1968. Saylor received many honors and accolades for his work in getting the bill through Congress. His work on this and other conservation legislation did much to help protect valuable scenic areas of the nation.
|"His father . . . was an avid hiker, hunter, and angler
who instilled a passion for those outdoor activities in his sons. The family joined a
Sportsmen's Association that owned a hunting and fishing camp in Potter County and
throughout his life John Saylor took refuge at 'Lost Cabin.'"
--Thomas G. Smith, author of "Voice for Scenic Rivers: John P. Saylor of Pennsylvania"
[Kinzau Dam Controversy]
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