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A Northeast Region Program

Dennis Reidenbach
Regional Director



The Northeast Region of the National Park Service serves existing and potential units of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System in thirteen States: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Virginia.

River Management

River protection usually begins by focusing attention on a riverís conservation needs through the development of a river Image of Delaware Rivermanagement plan. If the river flows through land that is owned by a federal agency; a river management plan is developed by that particular federal agency to insure that the river and its related lands are managed in such a way that the areaís important resources are conserved.

For Partnership rivers that flow through land that is owned wholly or in part by States, local governments or private entities or individuals, the National Park Service seeks to protect the important river-related resources through agreements with local and county governments, state agencies and landowners who manage the resources. In this case the river management plan becomes a frame-work for cooperative decision-making and a way to develop consensus on a conservation strategy for the river and its related lands.

River management plans can address a wide variety of river-related issues that concern people of the area, such as land use and conservation, resource interpretation and education, or recreation management. Protection is achieved by: identifying the important resources and their conservation needs; bringing together those who have jurisdiction over the important resources; and working to create a mutually agreed-upon river management plan.

Wild and Scenic River Studies and Projects

In recent years the National Park Service staff in the Northeast have worked on a number of "private land" wild and scenic river studies that have helped pioneer the concept of cooperative river management. Image of White Clay CreekThrough these studies we continue to perfect river conservation strategies that rely on consensus and partnerships among widely divergent river interests. The success of these studies is in no small part related to the commitment of the National Park Service to provide a forum in which all river interests may be heard and where management issues may be resolved through collective reasoning and action.

Last Updated:
July 18, 2008