By 1975, public sentiment in favor of protecting the forest was growing, and the issue was gaining media attention. In June 1975, Gov. James B. Edwards took a stand against the land being condemned under the guise of environmental protection. Congressman Floyd Spence refused to take a stand. The preservationists decided to hold a rally called "Congaree Action Now!" People started arriving by the bus-full, and letters flowed in to the offices of elected officials.