"It is hereby
declared to be the policy of the United States that certain selected
rivers of the Nation, with their immediate environments, possess
outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and
wildlife, historic, cultural, or other similar values, shall be
preserved in free flowing condition, and that they and their immediate
environments shall be protected for the benefit and enjoyment of
present and future generations."
is a Partnership Wild and Scenic River?
National Wild and Scenic River System has been around for 30 years.
Created by an act of Congress in 1968, the Wild and Scenic Rivers
Act calls on the nation to preserve select rivers with outstanding
scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural
or other important values in free-flowing condition. Rivers in this
national system are protected for the benefit and enjoyment of present
and future generations.
Partnership Wild and Scenic Rivers are a subset of this national
system. While most of the 160 rivers in the National Wild and Scenic
Rivers System flow through federal lands such as National Forests
or National Parks, Wild and Scenic Partnership Rivers flow through
private lands and lands owned by state and local goverments. The
seven rivers designated and currently funded by Congress are located
in the Northeast. The program is a national program. Congress has
designated the first river outside of the Northeast. the Wekiva
River and two of its tributaries in Florida, to Partnership Wild
and Scenic River status.
Northeast is Home to Seven Partnership Rivers
rivers in the Northeast include the Farmington (Connecticut), Great
Egg Harbor (New Jersey), Maurice and its tributaries (New Jersey),
Lamprey (New Hampshire), Concord, Sudbury, and Assabet Rivers (Massachusetts),
Lower Delaware (New Jersey/Pennsylvania) and White Clay Creek (Delaware/Pennsylvania.)
Since 1998, Congress
has appropriate funds for river managers of Parnership Wild and
Scenic Rivers. National Park Service staff help communities manage
their river-related resources locally by bringing together state,
county, and community representatives to preserve the outstanding
and remarkable values for which the rivers were designated. This
is community-based conservation that will ensure these rivers will
remain outstanding long into the future.
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