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The Sudbury, Assabet & Concord (SuAsCo) Wild & Scenic Rivers

Designated: April 9, 1999.

Location: A 29-mile segment of the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers lying 25 miles west of Boston, Massachusettes.

Outstanding Resources: Ecology, history, scenery, recreation, and value to American literature.

Management Approach: Coordinated management between the National Park Service and the SuAsCo River Stewardship Council, which is comprised of local citizens, federal, state, and local governments, and advocacy groups.

Overview: These rivers have remained remarkably undeveloped considering their close proximity to the Boston metropolitan area. With ten of the designated river miles lying within the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, the SuAsCo Rivers offer abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation, are awash in scenic beauty, and provide prime waterfowl habitat in the form of large areas of riparian wetlands.

As well, a unique legacy is woven through historical sites along the rivers' path. The Minute Man National Historical Park - located near Town of Concord - contains the Old North Bridge, the site of the revolutionary "Shot Heard 'Round the World." Securing a place in American literary history, the rivers are featured in the works of authors Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau.

Contact Information:

Lee Steppacher
National Park Service
15 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
tel. 617-223-5225
fax. 617-223-5164


Related Links:

The River Stewardship Council

Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game

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