Northeast Region Program
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
protection usually begins by focusing attention on a riverís
conservation needs through the development of a river management 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.
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.
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.
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. Through 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.